The Long Dark details the massive paid expansion to Survival mode, due out in December

The Long Dark details the massive paid expansion to Survival mode, due out in December

Hinterland Studio’s sublime snowy survival adventure, The Long Dark, is getting its first paid expansion on December 5, and ahead of release, the developer detailed what it’s all going to bring.

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

Exactly what will happen when is currently unclear, but Hinterland has now detailed all the key features it will introduce to Survival Mode during the expansion. For example, there are three new areas – the Forsaken Airfield, Industrial Mine and Mountain Pass – all accessible through the Far Range Branchline and Transfer Pass hub.

Here’s a sneak peek at The Long Dark’s Tales from the Far Territory Expansion Pass.

Tales from the Far Territory also adds a bunch of new gameplay elements, starting with Glimmer Fog, a mysterious phenomenon capable of charging the sky and ground with electrostatic energy. There’s also a new Handheld Shortwave, which can pick up normally untraceable supply or location signals during the Aurora or Glimmer Fog, plus a new Insomnia affliction.

Players can also build themselves a travois – used to haul a large amount of supplies over long distances, albeit at the cost of mobility – or seek out a trader who specializes in rare goods and information. It is even possible to arrange and furnish your favorite safe house interiors.

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

Survivors can also discover unique, modified versions of existing in-game items, found in hidden corners of the world, or take advantage of a new photo mode. Interestingly, this takes on a bit of an in-universe twist, requiring players to use darkroom chemicals to process their own movie.

All this will be accompanied by three narrative Tales, detailing the territory’s mysterious past. Each has its own gameplay objectives, tying into the storyline in the extremely highly anticipated final installment of The Long Dark’s Wintermute campaign.

In addition to Tales from the Far Territory, Hinterland is working on a series of new features for all players, which will appear in free updates along with the expansion’s various content drops. These include new spawn points for players (intended to restore the sense of being “lost” at the start of a new game), plus a revamp of wildlife spawn, and updated loot tables and item placements.

Players can also find notes under car doors containing useful information, craft refractory arrows, collect acorns to make energizing coffee-like potions and flour, and harvest burdock to dry and make medicinal teas.

In addition, new first-person harvesting animations are coming in, as well as improved fishing and beach combing, makeshift crampons, a new insulated butt, and the introduction of female deer to the stock. Players can also expect the final part of The Long Dark’s Hunted challenge, and visual improvements 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 the Tales from the Far Territory expansion pass can do so starting Monday, December 5 on PC, with a console release slated for “early 2023. initially costs $19.99 USD, but that price will increase as more content is added over the course of the 12 months. Expect it to rise to $24.99 halfway through and $29.99 once everything is available.

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