Monday, April 04, 2016
The Long Dark’s Story Mode has been delayed again. Originally intended to launch on PC in 2014 and most recently rescheduled for spring 2016, the survival game’s story-focused mode will now arrive at a later, as-yet unannounced date.
The Long Dark is a survival game in which players must alive by foraging, exploring, crafting and protecting themselves from the environment and wildlife. The game’s Sandbox Mode is currently available via Xbox One Game Preview (and Steam Early Access), but fans are going to have to wait a bit longer for Story Mode.
In a long post on developer Hinterland’s website, the tone of which speaks to fans’ frustration at the wait, studio’s Creative Director Raphael van Lierop explained that the delay is in part due to Story Mode’s increased scope and production values.
Most notably, the first season of The Long Dark’s Story Mode will now launch with two episodes totalling four to six hours of gameplay, with another three episodes to follow later. The first season was originally intended to launch with just one episode.
The reason for this change? Van Lierop believes that “you can’t launch a 2-hour game in this competitive, Steam-refund, Youtube-orientated marketplace.”
In addition to this, extra time is being taken to improve the quality of The Long Dark’s story delivery. The developer has transitioned from 2D animated cutscenes to full, in-game, 3D, motion captured animation.
Story Mode’s cast of playable characters has increased too, growing from one to two; Will Mackenzie and Dr. Astrid Greenwood.
Furthermore, the majority of Episodes One and Two will take place in brand new regions, not included in the currently available Sandbox Mode. The devs thought it would be “cheap” to ask early access players to retread ground they’d spent hundreds of hours in.
“But it’s not ready,” said van Lierop. “ And I won’t ship it until it’s ready. So, I’m sorry but you will just have to wait. And I believe, with all my heart I believe, once you get it, you will agree that the wait was worth it.”
You can watch a new Story Mode content preview below and read the original, super interesting, delay post here.
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