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The Long Dark is a brutal, cold and unforgiving survival adventure that has an episodic story survival mode as well as a full sandbox survival mode. Sadly, the third episode has been delayed but there is some good news.

Firstly, about the third episode. Hinterland said recently that they've hired a bunch of new people with some being from Capcom’s Vancouver studio which completely shut down. On top of that, they managed to purchase a bunch of motion capture equipment as a result of the aforementioned studio closure. With the new people and equipment, they say what they're able to do with episode three has expanded quite a lot and so it's not happening next month.

The good news is that the revamped versions of episode one and two are still due next month. They sound quite good too, with many areas of them improved. They said that "Everything has been re-written, re-recorded, and re-animated", which does sound quite interesting. It will have some proper voice-over and fully animated characters which could make it a lot more interesting to play.

On top of all that, the survival mode is also getting an update next month too. This will include "Craftable Hat, New Challenge Mode, New Condition Buff, some UI fixes, some gameplay tweaks, and general bug fixes" and some secrets they won't spoil for us just yet. See more about all the details here.

If you want to pick up The Long Dark, you can find it on Humble Store and Steam.

Also, we never did get a reply about why The Long Dark was removed from GOG.

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Shmerl 11 November 2018 at 11:01 pm UTC
Looks like the last available version from GOG is finally working and not hanging on start anymore! That's some progress. I can finally play the game.

It's a shame developers have pulled the game from GOG altogether for new buyers. Another Steam exclusive attitude it seems.


Last edited by Shmerl at 11 November 2018 at 11:02 pm UTC
Leopard 11 November 2018 at 11:36 pm UTC
ShmerlLooks like the last available version from GOG is finally working and not hanging on start anymore! That's some progress. I can finally play the game.

It's a shame developers have pulled the game from GOG altogether for new buyers. Another Steam exclusive attitude it seems.

Such an assumption you've made there.

https://www.gamingonlinux.com/articles/the-long-dark-is-leaving-gog-tomorrow-although-it-will-still-get-updates.12906
Shmerl 11 November 2018 at 11:37 pm UTC
What else should we assume, especially when developers didn't care to explain anything? I don't see it as a positive thing.
hummer010 11 November 2018 at 11:43 pm UTC
I'm with Shmerl on this one. Why would any developer bother to promise updates, but remove the game for sale?? There going to continue with the hard work (updates), and miss out on any possible sales.

It will be very, very interesting to see what happens at GOG when these promised updates are released.

As a guy who owns the game on GOG, I'm at least a little bit concerned.
Solitary 11 November 2018 at 11:48 pm UTC
hummer010Why would any developer bother to promise updates, but remove the game for sale??

The reason might be political... to hurt GOG, but not the customers that already paid for the game.
Avehicle7887 12 November 2018 at 12:17 am UTC
So according to the 8th Nov update, they got a plenty of new resources and talent which is a good thing, but not a single word about why the game has been pulled from GOG.

I didn't buy the game yet and unless it comes back to GOG I never will.
Shmerl 12 November 2018 at 12:34 am UTC
SolitaryThe reason might be political... to hurt GOG, but not the customers that already paid for the game.

I doubt it would hurt GOG, but it would hurt those who can't buy the game now.


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Leopard 12 November 2018 at 12:52 am UTC
hummer010I'm with Shmerl on this one. Why would any developer bother to promise updates, but remove the game for sale?? There going to continue with the hard work (updates), and miss out on any possible sales.

It will be very, very interesting to see what happens at GOG when these promised updates are released.

As a guy who owns the game on GOG, I'm at least a little bit concerned.

Simple.
Let's take from POV of devs at Hinterland.

Clearly they didn't like something about being on GOG ( could be anything) and they don't want to sell that game through GOG anymore and provide GOG their cut. Also they don't want to left GOG users who have bought the game without support.

Simple and effective solution.


Last edited by Leopard at 12 November 2018 at 12:54 am UTC
Shmerl 12 November 2018 at 12:53 am UTC
Whatever solution it was, it remains weird, because developers didn't explain it.
Julius 12 November 2018 at 4:44 am UTC
Did the developers ever mention possible VR support for this? The theme and graphic style would probably make this work very well in VR.
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