Hinterland Studios’ fantastic snowy survival adventure The Long Dark is getting its first paid expansion on December 5, and ahead of its release the developer has detailed everything it will bring.
Tales from the Far Territory, as the new expansion is known, will be released in six parts over the course of 12 months, each coming roughly every 8-10 months. week. All six installments will focus on The Long Dark’s much-loved Survival mode, but there are narrative elements in there and Hinterland refers to the entire series as a “campaign”.
Exactly what’s coming when is currently unclear, but Hinterland has now detailed all the main features it will introduce to Survival mode through the expansion. There are three new areas, for example – Forsaken Airfield, Industrial Mine and Mountain Pass – all accessible via the Far Range Branchline and the Transfer Pass hub.
Tales from the Far Territory also adds a host of new gameplay elements, starting with Glimmer Fog, a mysterious phenomenon that can charge the air and ground with electrostatic energy. There’s also a new handheld shortwave, capable of picking up common untraceable supply or location signals during Aurora or Glimmer Fog, plus a new insomnia.
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 find a merchant who specializes in rare goods and information. It is even possible to organize and decorate your favorite safehouse interior.
New wildlife includes grouse – a winter bird that serves as a source of both food and feathers, used in crafting – and the deadly cougar, described as players’ “greatest nemesis yet”.
Survivors can also discover unique, customized versions of existing in-game items, found in hidden corners of the world, or use a new photo mode. Interestingly, this is given a bit of an in-universe twist, with players needing to use darkroom chemicals to process their own film.
All this will be accompanied by three narrative-driven stories, which describe the territory’s mysterious past. Each will have their own game objectives, tying back to the story found in the highly anticipated final episode of The Long Dark’s Wintermute campaign.
In addition to Tales from the Far Territory, Hinterland is working on a number of new features for all players, bringing free updates alongside the expansion’s various content drops. These include new spawn points for players (intended to restore the feeling of being “lost” at the start of a new game), plus an update to wildlife spawn, and updated loot tables and item locations.
Players will also be able to find notes under car visors containing useful information, craft fire-tempered arrows, collect acorns to make stimulating coffee-like drinks and flour, and harvest burdock for drying and brewing into medicinal tea.
Additionally, new first-person harvesting animations are added, as are improved fishing and beachcombing, improvised crampons, a new insulated flask, and the introduction of female deer to the wildlife list. Players can also expect the latest installment of The Long Dark’s Hunted challenge, and visual enhancements 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 coming in “early” 2023 .Initially costs $19.99 USD, but that price will increase as more content is added over the 12 months. Expect it to rise to $24.99 at the midpoint and $29.99 when everything is available.