The Long Dark welcomes 250K survivors, January update to nearly double size of wilderness

The Long Dark, Hinterland Studios' Northern woods survival simulator that's currently in Early Access, has surpassed 250,000 sales since launching on Steam's service on September 22. Unfortunately, the life expectancy for its inhabitants isn't very lengthy – an infograph coordinated with the sales announcement notes that only 24 percent of players have persevered for more than five days, with only 1.4 percent of players demonstrating the wit needed to last 50 days.

While a dedicated story mode is still on the way, an update planned for later this month will nearly double The Long Dark's stretch of wilderness, adding fresh locales and threats amongst the game's snowy pines. We look forward to learning whether that helps or hinders the probability of its playerbase lasting more than a week.

If you've yet to brave The Long Dark's chill, PC and Mac users can endure the elements for $19.99 on Early Access.

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The Long Dark Sells 250k Copies, New Update to Nearly Double Size of Game World

Vancouver Island-based independent developer Hinterland Studio is proud to announce that The Long Dark, its exploration-survival experience, has sold more than 250,000 copies since launching on Steam Early Access in September. Ths initial success validates the team's direction and allows Hinterland to achieve its ambitions for the upcoming story mode, while ensuring the team's continued independence.

Regarding the sales milestone, studio creative director Raphael Van Lierop notes, "Our goal with The Long Dark was to create a very different type of experience – an artistic survival game – and we were prepared for the game to be quite niche as a result. Thinking that a quarter of a million people have embraced our vision, even in this early state – something we've put forward without compromise – is extremely rewarding. And we're just getting started."

The team at Hinterland has put tremendous effort into developing the game in cooperation with its passionate fan community. They've continually added new content to the Early Access version, with 20 updates so far and the much-anticipated story mode still to come. The next game update – slated for later in January – will nearly double the size of the game world, adding new and interesting places to explore, as well as new threats to confront.

Hinterland released an infographic that provides insight into player habits in this unforgiving, beautiful representation of surviving in a harsh, cold wilderness. Start playing The Long Dark now on PC via Steam Early Access.

Pertinent Details

Developer/Publisher: Hinterland Studio
Platform: PC, Mac
Genre: Exploration-Survival
Price: $19.99
Release Date: TBD, Out Now on Early Access