Survival games have become increasingly popular and, if you’re a fan of the genre, we have just the game for you. The Long Dark from Hinterland Games aims to do things differently as there are no hungry zombies or fearsome mutants to escape from. It’s just you against the elements.
The Long Dark follows the tale of Will Mackenzie, a pilot who has a bit of a mishap and becomes stranded somewhere in the Pacific Northwest (not a good place to be stuck in after your plane goes down). You’ll have to hone your survival skills and battle against animals, people, and frigid temperatures if you want to stay alive and make it back to civilization. It’s not a game about combat but a game where you’ll want to “think” before you take action as any misstep can prove fatal.
The developers have described The Long Dark as a game of survivors and saviors. They are also taking an episodic approach to things – similar to games like Red Dead where you’ll advance things along as you interact with the world around you. That coupled with a myriad of conditions like the time of day, temperature, and the condition of your gear isn’t going to make things easy. Did we mention that all technology has been wiped from the face of the earth?
The Long Dark has only been active on Kickstarter for a few days but has received high praise from a number of industry veterans, including Jason Kapalks, the co-founder of PopCap Games, and Ken Rolston, lead designer of Elder Scrolls: Morrowind and Oblivion. The actual team behind The Long Dark is nothing to sneeze at either considering they’ve worked on titles like Saints Row, League of Legends, Neverwinter Nights, God of War, and LA Noire to name a few.
Now for the risk vs. reward. The Long Dark is looking to raise $200,000 CAD by October 16 and, so far, they’ve managed to get over 2000 backers and $63,000 in less than a week. It’s on track to hit its goal but nothing is assured these days, and you can never have enough support for an indie project. As for the rewards, the backer tiers start at $20 and run up to $8,000 CAD. The rewards include everything from digital copies of The Long Dark to dinners, soundtracks, and the ability to add gear or in-game dialogue to NPC’s. The game will be available for PC, Mac, and Linux and – if they can hit 250k – they plan to add Oculus Rift support.
The Long Dark isn’t set to see the light of day until October 2014 but some backing levels include early access to Alpha and Beta builds if you want to get your hands on the game early. There’s not much to see right now aside from some artwork but the concept along with that awesome artwork makes The Long Dark a game to keep your eye on.
As I’ll be backing this one, we’ll have more on The Long Dark as soon as I can get my hands on an Alpha or Beta copy. If you’ve been thinking about backing a new Kickstarter project, The Long Dark is a great choice and it sounds like it’s going to be one hell of a game. If you want to learn more about the game or fund it, just hit up the link below to check out Hinterland’s Kickstarter page.