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The Long Dark, a survival game from Hinterland Studio that offers up both a story mode and a sandbox survival mode just got another big update and it's looking good now.

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New content included in this release:

  • New! Revolver — A close-quarters defensive tool against hostile wildlife.
  • New! Birch Bark Tea — A slow-gain condition restoration item brewed from a renewable natural resource.
  • New! Energy Drink — Quick-shot Stamina and Fatigue boost, useful for getting yourself out of a variety of bad situations.
  • New! Improvised Cloth Wraps — Stave off Frostbite on your Head and Hands with these basic wraps.
  • Overhaul! Rifle & Shooting Gameplay — Completely overhauled shooting and aiming mechanics for the Rifle and other ranged tools.
  • Overhaul! Sprain System — Improved Sprain gameplay dynamics and first aid solutions.

That above is only a small part of it though, as they also upgraded the Unity game engine resulting in a vastly improved experience for Linux gamers. The previous graphical issued have gone, making it properly playable without workarounds again for those with an NVIDIA GPU. An issue where some users where locked to 120FPS should also be solved, they've also done a number of optimizations as well as fixing up numerous UI issues.

I went ahead and played a few hours without issues, even with my settings on Ultra the performance does seem to be better and it feels noticeably smoother.

You can pick it up from Humble Store and Steam.

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kuhpunkt 7 May 2019 at 11:52 am UTC
The story is however not complete yet, right? It's sitting in my Steam library, but I don't really want to start until I can play all the way through.
riusma 7 May 2019 at 2:12 pm UTC
kuhpunktThe story is however not complete yet, right?

Yep, five episodes planned, two already available and the third that should come "soon"!
Hori 7 May 2019 at 2:12 pm UTC
I played the game when it was in alpha on my sumerian tablet of a laptop (2012 model, Nvidia 610M) and it ran well even on that.
Did something happen later that tanked performance, or do you just mean that it just improved upon what was?

In any case, performance improvements are always good to hear about. Especially on Linux, since somehow we *lag* behind Windows in too many titles. (although I'm sure that in a few more years this will not be the case anymore, thanks to Valve and now also Google and eventually others in the future)

Last edited by Hori on 7 May 2019 at 2:15 pm UTC
Shmerl 7 May 2019 at 3:20 pm UTC
What's the story with the GOG version? I still have it there, but it's not sold anymore.
Liam Dawe 7 May 2019 at 3:31 pm UTC
ShmerlWhat's the story with the GOG version? I still have it there, but it's not sold anymore.
No one knows, they didn't say.
Patola 10 May 2019 at 4:32 pm UTC
Wife and I got the game due to that article, thanks for the n-th time for the indication. :-)
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