The Long Dark talks about huge paid Survival mode expansion coming in December

Hinterland Studios’ fantastic snowy survival adventure The Long Dark is getting its first paid expansion on December 5, and ahead of its release, the developer has detailed everything it’ll bring.

Tales from the Far Territory, as the new expansion is known, will be released in six parts over the course of 12 months, each arriving approximately every 8-10 months. week. All six installments will focus on The Long Dark’s much-loved Survival mode, but there are narrative elements to it, and Hinterland refers to the complete series as a “campaign.”

Exactly what’s coming when is currently unclear, but Hinterland has now detailed all the key features it will introduce to Survival mode throughout the expansion. There are three new areas, for example – Forsaken Airfield, Industrial Mine and Mountain Pass – all accessible via the Far Range Branchline and the Transfer Pass hub.

Here’s a taste of The Long Dark’s Tales from the Far Territory expansion pass.

Tales from the Far Territory also adds a lot of new gameplay elements, starting with Glimmer Fog, a mysterious phenomenon capable of charging the air and ground with electrostatic energy. There’s also a new handheld shortwave capable of picking up commonly unobtainable supply or location signals under Aurora or Glimmer Fog, plus a new insomnia.

Players can also build themselves a travois – used to haul a large amount of supplies over long distances, albeit at the expense of mobility – or find a merchant that specializes in rare goods and information. It is even possible to organize and decorate your favorite safehouse interior.

New wildlife includes the grouse – a winter bird that serves as a source of both food and feathers used in crafting – and the deadly cougar, described as players’ “greatest nemesis yet”.

Survivors can also discover unique, custom versions of existing in-game items found in hidden corners of the world, or make use of a new photo mode. Interestingly, this is given a bit of an in-universe dispute where players must use chemicals in dark rooms to process their own film.

All this will be accompanied by three narrative-driven tales detailing the area’s mysterious past. Each will have its own gameplay objectives that tie back to the storyline found in the extremely long-awaited final chapter of The Long Dark’s Wintermute campaign.

In addition to Tales from the Far Territory, Hinterland is working on a number of new features for all players that will come in free updates alongside the expansion’s various content drops. These include new spawn points for players (intended to restore the feeling of being “lost” at the start of a new game), plus a wild spawn update and updated loot tables and item locations.

Players will also be able to find notes under car visors containing useful information, craft fire-tempered arrows, gather acorns to create stimulating coffee-like drinks and flour, and harvest burdock for drying and brewing into medicinal tea.

Additionally, there will be new first-person harvesting animations, as well as improved fishing and beachcombing, improvised crampons, a new insulated flask, and the introduction of female deer to the wildlife list. Players can also expect the final installment of The Long Dark’s Hunted challenge and visual enhancements for Xbox X/S, PlayStation 5 and high-end PCs.

Hinterland will share a more specific release schedule at a later date, but those interested in picking up its Tales from the Far Territory expansion pass can do so starting Monday, December 5 on PC, with a console release expected “early ” in 2023. It will initially cost $19.99, but the price will increase as more content is added over the 12 months. Expect it to rise to $24.99 at the midpoint and $29.99 when everything is available.

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