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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. The game takes you into a post-apocalyptic world after a massive geomagnetic storm. With all electronic devices disabled and water and food supplies running low, the player has to struggle to survive the incoming winter. The game’s sandbox mechanics and its open-world structure give much freedom of gameplay, whose biggest challenges are survival and making difficult moral choices. The game features a compelling narrative written by Marianne Krawczyk, the author of scripts for such titles as God of War and L.A. Noire. The game’s unique character is emphasized by its unusual graphics, designed by Hokyo Lima (known for League of Legends).

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PC / Windows
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The Long Dark | PC

The Long Dark release date for PC:

game language:

01 August 2017 | Worldwide

01 August 2017 | Europe

01 August 2017 | USA

Game mode: single player
Game score 8.5 / 10 calculated out of 77 players' votes.  
Expectations before the premiere: 9.2 / 10 calculated out of 272 players' votes.  

Microsoft XBOX ONE
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The Long Dark

The Long Dark | XBOX ONE

The Long Dark release date for XBOX ONE:

game language:

01 August 2017 | Worldwide

01 August 2017 | Europe PAL

01 August 2017 | USA NTSC

Game mode: single player
Expectations: 8.5 / 10 calculated out of 8 players' votes.  

Sony PlayStation 4
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The Long Dark

The Long Dark | PS4

The Long Dark release date for PS4:

game language:

01 August 2017 | Worldwide

08 August 2017 | Europe PAL

01 August 2017 | USA NTSC

Game mode: single player
Expectations: 8.0 / 10 calculated out of 3 players' votes.  

The Long Dark for Xbox One 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 Xbox One 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.

PEGI Rating

Age rating. The PEGI rating considers the age suitability of a game, not the level of difficulty.Game contains depictions of violence.
New update for The Long Dark adds progression system, two new modes, and more

News 23 June 2016 11:07

The latest big update for The Long Dark survival sandbox game implements a new type of shelter, progression system as well as two extra game modes.

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 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 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.