Love apocalyptic survival games? Then we have your next favorite obsession. We’re very proud to partner (under our Skybound Games division) with Hinterland Games to help bring you a physical edition of THE LONG DARK, a game that places players in a post-apocalyptic, freezing wilderness and asks them to survive. Instead of zombies, players will be tasked with surviving the elements and everything mother nature has to throw at them.
We’ve been fans of this game for a while, so the chance to partner with them for one of our first physical publishing endeavors was too hard to pass up. Due to The Long Dark’s unique post-apocalyptic survival mechanics we know Walking Dead fans are naturally going to love this game. To prove it, we laid out five reasons you might get into The Long Dark.
There’s A Mysterious Apocalypse
What caused the outbreak in The Walking Dead remains a mystery, and the same can be said about The Long Dark. In it, their “Quiet Apocalypse” started with the First Flare, a geomagnetic storm that sealed the fate of the part of the world.
Survivors may eventually gather logs and notes to gain insight on the origins, but there are fewer answers to be found than hints leading to more questions. In the end, the way you decide to survive the apocalypse becomes far more important than figuring out what caused it.
There Will Be Blood
The odds of survival are definitely against the survivors of The Walking Dead. The comics and its adaptations have become famous for characters meeting their end in unexpected and sometimes savage ways. The Long Dark is no kinder to survivors: wolves and bears may creep up on you, the blizzard may rise up quickly and disorient you, leaving your poor husk of a body half-frozen as Jack Nicholson’s in The Shining.
Poorly-cooked food may lead to parasites, and your gear, supplies ,and clothing will decay over time. So expect a lot of deaths of all kinds and lots of fun in the process.
It Has Strong Female Characters
The Walking Dead is notorious for its badass women – from Michonne to Maggie to Carol. Similarly, the Story Mode of The Long Dark features a diverse cast of characters: Astrid is a strong-headed doctor, willing to brave the elements and get back in touch with her ex in order to save lives; Grey Mother fends for herself in the abandoned town of Milton, despite her age and apparent blindness etc.
Planning & Death
As useful as a baseball bat, crossbow, or gun can be to defend yourself in the zombie apocalypse, planning ahead is always preferred. Similarly, death in The Long Dark is best avoided by planning ahead and minimizing every opportunity for situations to snowball. Failed to keep an eye on the weather while exploring the forest and now caught in a blizzard? That’s when establishing advance forward bases along the way, on top of your main outpost, will come in handy.
You’ll Have To Be Quiet
In the zombie apocalypse, sound is an important element. With humanity nearly extinct, the usual soundscape of cities and civilization is no more. Make too much noise, and you may attract unwanted attention from walkers, biters and lurkers. Keep the volume low, and you might actually hear the danger before you can even see it. TLD’s world is called “The Quiet Apocalypse” for a similar reason.
Of course, there are no zombies to be found here, but the disappearance of modern technology gives a heightened importance to Mother Nature’s soundscape (and even the player’s character own sounds). Pay attention, and you may actually spot wildlife from afar. Avoid over-encumbering yourself, and you will make less noise while moving, giving you a better chance to approach your prey undetected.