The Long Dark

The Long Dark

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hinterland_community  [developer] Jul 31, 2018 @ 11:09am
Dev Diary - August 2018
Hello community!

The moment you’ve all been waiting for:


After a long period of you waiting for news about the next installment in the story of The Long Dark, I’m excited to share the news that Episode Three will release December 2018, along with the “Redux” editions of Episodes One and Two, unveiling a whole new experience of WINTERMUTE, The Long Dark’s story mode.

We’ll be teasing out more Episode Three details in the months ahead, but as a reminder: in Episode Three, you’ll play as Dr. Astrid Greenwood, and the story picks up in the aftermath of the events of Milton, as experienced from Mackenzie’s point of view in Episode One. You’ll meet new survivors, explore a new region, and find out more about the events prior to, and after, the First Flare event that engulfed Great Bear Island -- and perhaps the rest of the world -- into “the long dark”.


Along with Episode Three, we’ll be releasing the “Redux” editions of Episodes One and Two, which we’ve spent the last year reworking in order to set up a stronger foundation for Episode Three and the remaining parts of the five-episode WINTERMUTE story mode. I talked a bit about the reasoning behind the Redux work in our February Dev Diary[]. Some of the work that’s gone into the Redux episodes includes:
  • More open and flexible mission structure, reducing the forced linearity of the story missions; this includes restructuring the side missions and making more of the content optional
  • Whole new playable intro sequence for Episode One* All NPC dialogue is now fully voiced and animated using an entirely new animation system
  • All dialogue and narrative scenes are now presented in first-person, using an overhauled dialogue UI
  • New major story elements in both Episodes, including a new NPC
  • Although the high-level episode story arcs remain as before, almost every story beat, dialogue moment, and mission element has been improved, with about 80% of the dialogue rewritten to accommodate
  • Removed the Trust system as it contributed to the “fetch questy” feeling of the first two episodes (we plan to repurpose this system for elsewhere in the game)
  • Completely overhauled Bear Hunt mission and added new gameplay (Episode Two)
  • Improved tutorial presentation
  • Improved story UI elements
  • ...and many other fixes and improvements.

The improvements made in the Redux versions are pretty extensive, and most of them were made based on community feedback, so we hope you’ll go back and replay them before continuing on to Episode Three.

Please note that because so much has changed, in-progress playthroughs of Episode One or Two will be wiped when the Redux versions are released in December. Players who have already completed the original versions of Episodes One and Two and who wish to just continue directly to Episode Three will not be affected by the save wipe. So, if you are in the midst of a WINTERMUTE playthrough and don’t want to lose your progress, you have until December to complete it.

So, to recap: Episode Three, along with the “Redux” versions of Episodes One and Two, will all be releasing together in December!


In other news, we’re extremely proud to share an update on our collaboration with Skybound Games! If you recall, we partnered with Skybound Games up to bring The Long Dark to retailers, and we’re excited to announce some details of the retail boxed editions for Xbox and PS4. Those retail editions will be released in stores worldwide, on September 4th (in North, Central, and South America) and September 7th (in Europe, Middle East, Asia, and Australia).

Each retail copy of the game includes a downloadable soundtrack, and a printed Field Journal that includes a map of Great Bear and plenty of room to keep a running survival diary during your playthroughs!

Jump on over to the Skybound Games pre-order site[] for more details about pre-order incentives available in your territory, and make sure you spread the word amongst your fellow fans of The Long Dark, or anyone you think might be interested in testing their mettle in the Quiet Apocalypse.

Between now and December, most of our efforts and communication will be around Episode Three, but even though we may not say much about Survival Mode, we’re not abandoning it -- far from it. We just need to hunker down and focus on Episode Three, to ensure it comes out as strong as it can. That said, we are planning to release a hotfix to Vigilant Flame[] later this month, to clean up some issues with the updated Cooking system.

Thanks for reading, and as always, to stay abreast of the ongoing updates at Hinterland, please sign up for our newsletter[], follow us on social media, and join our excellent community at the Hinterland Forums[].

- Raphael
Last edited by hinterland_community; Jul 31, 2018 @ 11:17am
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JayXL Jul 31, 2018 @ 11:01am 
The news we've all been waiting for!
Long Dark Dev Diary - August[]

Mood: :emofdr:
IFIYGD Jul 31, 2018 @ 11:17am 
IFIYGD Jul 31, 2018 @ 11:19am 
Agreed. :chuchelcrazy::csdsmile::os_pancakes::os_pancakes::os_pancakes::os_pancakes::os_pancakes::spazdreaming:
JayXL Jul 31, 2018 @ 11:31am 
I'm so ready! This is going to be an awesome Christmas present.

Thank you Hinterland!!!
BESt Jul 31, 2018 @ 11:45am 
That moment when you are in the middle of the summer, wishing it was winter. Stay frosty and keep up the good work!
Last edited by BESt; Jul 31, 2018 @ 11:45am
GoOoOoOoOoOosebumps! there is nothing more, i wish for this christmas :) go Hinterland :toqueTLD: i cant wait to support you and buy Season 2..
Last edited by tricky ★★★★★; Jul 31, 2018 @ 12:10pm
ElDuderino Jul 31, 2018 @ 12:10pm 
I've been waiting 5 months to play this game for 2 years now. What's 5 more...?

Sound like some great changes HL. See y'all in December.

Now to go see if Bannerlord has a release date... ... ... Nope, guess I'll have to keep checking...
Diveyoc Jul 31, 2018 @ 12:20pm 
Looking forward to a fresh replay of Wintermute.
marbanno Jul 31, 2018 @ 12:38pm 
JayXL Jul 31, 2018 @ 1:02pm 
Originally posted by BESt:
That moment when you are in the middle of the summer, wishing it was winter. Stay frosty and keep up the good work!

It's been between 95° and 115° here for the last month straight so I'm already dreaming of winter and its wonderful icy flakes of joy. I'm a snowboarding addict. :frozenfield:

Honestly, it's awesome because this announcement has the dual effect of both building anticipation ahead of the December release and also setting up the potential to maximize the experience of playing TLD during winter IRL (and hopefully lots of snow).

I'm so thrilled to play it over from the start, and anyone crying about 'why is it taking so long' should just get autobanned. :gtfo:
Gecko-[GER] Jul 31, 2018 @ 1:09pm 
If this keeps up, I won't live to see Episode 5. Apparently the game was made exclusively for young people who don't mind waiting 10 years for a game to be finished.
Nil Desperandum Jul 31, 2018 @ 1:22pm 
Originally posted by Gecko-GER:
If this keeps up, I won't live to see Episode 5. Apparently the game was made exclusively for young people who don't mind waiting 10 years for a game to be finished.

I'm not so young and hope that if Wintermute takes another 10 years to be finished I'll be around to play it.

Actually I think a ten year wait for the rest of Wintermute might be stretching it a little too far - my guesstimate is a couple of years at the most. :steamhappy:
ajb1978 Jul 31, 2018 @ 1:49pm 
Nice! Really looking forward to the new episode, as well as giving the redux ones a try. Also glad that the trust system is being removed. It was something I just learned to deal with, since rabbit and deer skins were easy enough to come by, but not having to worry about it anymore is a huge win.

TLD Misanthrope Jul 31, 2018 @ 1:57pm 
LTL King Jul 31, 2018 @ 2:05pm 
If in Episode 3 you'll play as Astrid.
I would like to continue from Mackenzie’s in episode 4 back at the dam.

I like story mode game's that show the entire point of view from 1 person. If you change the person your playing there's ALWAYS a part left un ended and you wonder what happened or just want to continue and see if you can catch up to the other person, survive etc.

If 2 people in the game. You start again from the beginning from the other person's point of view or play 1 part then switch over to the other persons from the same spot.
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