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The Long Dark

A first person survival sandbox game, developed by independent Canadian studio Hinterland. The team includes veteran game developers, who previously worked for Relic Entertainment, Volition, and BioWare.

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The Long Dark cover

developer: Hinterland

publisher: Hinterland

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Game mode: single player

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The Long Dark for PC, PS4 and XONE is a survival simulator played from a first-person perspective. It was created by independent studio Hinterland, founded in 2012 by Raphael Van Lierop, who had been previously involved in titles such as Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War, Company of Heroes and Far Cry 3. The Canadian development team also includes former employees of BioWare, Riot Games, Sony Santa Monica and Volition, Inc., who were behind, among others, Saints Row, Red Faction, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, God of War, Sly, Knights of the Old Republic, Baldur's Gate and L.A. Noire.


The game presents the story of pilot William Mackenzie, a survivor of a geomagnetic storm, which caused all electronic devices to shut down. Access to water and food is becoming increasingly difficult, roads are no longer safe, and if that was not enough, a severe winter is coming. The goal of the player is to survive this apocalypse.

Despite the strong emphasis on freedom of gameplay and action, the creators also focused on creating an interesting story divided into episodes, which was written by Marianne Krawczyk (God of War, L.A. Noire), featuring memorable characters and the main protagonist who gives us insight into his actions, current physical state, or the events taking place in the northern wilderness.


The sandbox structure of the game provides many options. Itís up to us which direction we choose, and the freedom of exploration of the snow-covered area is not limited in any way. Moreover, throughout the game there is no shortage of significant moral choices, often influencing the fate of others or our survival in a world without any electronic devices.

The basis of the game is to explore the vast world and seek, among others, shelter from the cold, raw materials allowing us to light a bonfire, and useful items including weapons for protection against wild animals. Fight sequences are rare Ė above all, the developers wanted to tell a mature story and provide a real survival simulator. Thus, the player must keep in mind factors such as weather, temperature, fatigue, strength, energy and endurance of the equipment, as well as skillfully adapt to the currently prevailing situation. In case of bad weather, itís a good idea to wait it out in a deserted house, warm up by the red-hot fire, and gather strength to continue our journey.


The graphic design of The Long Dark on PC, PS4 and XONE is the work of Hokyo Lim, whose art we could admire in League of Legends and The Unfinished Swan. Thanks to the support of Oculus Rift, a virtual reality headset, the experience of the game can be further enhanced.

Age Rating

age requirements: everyone

System requirements

PC / Windows

PC / Windows

  • Minimum:
  • Intel Core i5 2.0 GHz
  • 4 GB RAM
  • graphic card 512 MB GeForce 8800 GT or better
  • 1 GB HDD
  • Windows XP
  • Recommended:
  • Intel Core i7 2.6 GHz
  • 8 GB RAM
  • graphic card 1 GB GeForce GTX 555 or better
  • 1 GB HDD
  • Windows 7
The Long Dark received big content update adding a new region
The Long Dark received big content update adding a new region

news 18 September 2015 13:24

The Long Dark just got bigger thanks to Desolation Point update, featuring a new region, metal forging system, improved weather, and other changes.

The Long Dark will get an episodic Story Mode in Spring 2016
The Long Dark will get an episodic Story Mode in Spring 2016

news 16 December 2015 10:40

A new trailer from The Long Dark reveals the gameís Story Mode. The first episode is promised to arrive in Spring 2016. In the meantime, Early Access palyers can check out new features included in the December update.

The Long Dark Story Mode won't be out any time soon
The Long Dark Story Mode won't be out any time soon

news 05 April 2016 12:35

The Long Dark Story Mode was supposed to be out in Spring 2016, but itís not going to happen. Hinterland Games decided to expand their project and adjust the release policy, which resulted in delaying the launch.

The Long Dark Will Get a Sequel
The Long Dark Will Get a Sequel

news 03 November 2019 18:18

Raphael van Lierop, head of Hinterland, admitted that The Long Dark 2, a continuation of the sandbox survival game, will be released in the future. The company is also working on two new projects, about which we will hear in a few years.

The Long Dark Removed From GeForce Now at Dev Request
The Long Dark Removed From GeForce Now at Dev Request

news 02 March 2020 12:50

The Long Dark has been removed from GeForce Now streaming service. One of the creators of the game, the founder of Hinterland Studio - Raphael van Lierop, commented on the matter. He informed that the owner of the platform - Nvidia - has never asked for permission to share their content.

The Long Dark for Free on Epic Games Store
The Long Dark for Free on Epic Games Store

news 19 December 2020 18:11

Another free game has appeared on Epic Games Store. This time it's The Long Dark. You can pick up the game until tomorrow.

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