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THE LONG DARK is a first-person post-disaster survival simulation set in the Northern wilderness. How far will you go to survive?
THE LONG DARK is a first-person post-disaster survival experience set in the Northern wilderness. How far will you go to survive?
THE LONG DARK is a first-person post-disaster survival experience set in the Northern wilderness. How far will you go to survive?
6,966 backers pledged $256,217 to help bring this project to life.

Update 23 -- Award-Winning Voice Actor Jennifer Hale Joins The Long Dark


Award-winning Voice Actor Jennifer Hale Joins The Long Dark

The world of The Long Dark is one of harsh beauty. The same elements that may kill you with indifference, haunt you with their majesty. The wind howls, the snow falls, and the aurora hangs above you, a breathtaking reminder of what humanity has just lost.

We’ve talked a lot about rugged bearded men, the rough “coffee and cigarettes” men like bush pilot Will Mackenzie, who have the stern stuff needed to survive in this post-digital, post-disaster world.

But every bit equal to them are the strong women who face the new frontier.

Jennifer Hale is the epitome of this strength. An avid climber, skier, rider, and a CERT trained volunteer rescue worker, Jennifer lives and breathes the outdoors. She also volunteers with a group that rescues horses in advance of oncoming brush fires.

Her strong, rich voice has already brought gravitas to the intro voice over for our Kickstarter pitch video, as well as hundreds of television shows, animated series, and of course, over 130 video games including leading roles in the Mass Effect series (as Commander Shepard), BioShock Infinite, Halo 4, Metal Gear Solid 4, among many, many others. You can find a complete list of Jennifer’s credits at

We’re so excited to have Jennifer bring her incredible talents to The Long Dark, and can’t wait to share more with you about her character, and the pivotal role she plays in the story.

- The Hinterland Team


    1. Creator Eric on October 13, 2013

      Been out of the loop for a few updates, and was trolling back to see what had happened, and I feel like I need to say this. As much as I like Mark Meer as Male/Shepard, when I read that he was being brought onto the project, my thoughts were pretty much, "I wonder who did Female/Shepard, she was my favorite voice in that game." You guys have seriously not had a disappointing update yet. It just keeps getting better and better.

    2. Creator Rinu on October 11, 2013

      @John GT: I had to google Kari Wahlgren and oh my goodness, her Kirsten Geary in The Secret World is priceless. I always looked forward to hear her contemptuous voice :D.

    3. Creator John GT on October 11, 2013

      Heh! I only say "arguably" because I'm sure there are three people out there who disagree. ;-) I myself have serious things for Tara Strong and Kari Wahlgren, so maybe three days out of the year, even I might argue!

      I fell for JHale way back as Ivy on Carmen Sandiego, then Princess Morbucks and Seduca on PPG...and then she was on sooooo many PC games! Baldur's Gate, Planescape: Torment, Metal Gear...and then she was Bioware's go-to girl and I loved her forever!

      Bring back Erin Esurance!

    4. Creator Jeffrey king on October 10, 2013

      John GT: Arguably? What planet do you live on? ;)

      I've been in love with Jennifer Hale's voice ever since I played Quest for Glory IV, but I didn't know it until I played Grandia II, after which time I was completely doomed.

      /me wonder when the Cam Clarke announcement is coming.

    5. Creator the_ocelot on October 10, 2013

      I played the whole trilogy as femshep - I love this voice.

    6. Creator Stephen "Stoibs" D on October 10, 2013

      Oh wow, Impressive. Most recognizable and popular Female VA imo.
      Why don't you just go all out and get Steve Blum, Nolan North and David Hayter too while you're at it :P
      Great news, think this is the third of my backed KS games she'll be in now =D

    7. Creator John GT on October 10, 2013

      OMG SERIOUSLY?!? Jennifer Hale is arguably the BEST Western Voice Actress in the world!!! I am SO EXCITED!!!

      Guys, don't leave her in an update! Get her picture at the top of your main page NOW! If you can't fund in hours after that, the Forty-Eighters will JUMP all over this if she's the first thing they see!!


    8. Creator David Ross Watson on October 10, 2013

      Every now and again you come across an announcement that takes you completely by surprise.
      John Carmack being appointed as CTO of Oculus. Valve unveiling their plans for their own OS.
      Mark Meer & Jennifer Hale joining the Hinterland team for The Long Dark is just as amazing.

      Jennifer imho has the most beautiful voice on earth, and the only thing that outstrips that beauty is the sheer weight of identity she lends to the characters she portrays. I'm not even the slightest bit embarrassed to admit that Bastila Shan is my biggest game crush of all time! :P

      Mark... I can't wait to go on another adventure with you man, I'm at a loss for words for how awesome this is gonna be. You're the first male voice actor that has ever made me *feel* the conviction behind your persuasions and threats as if you were standing there with your ass on the line. I cried at the end of ME3, but they were tears of fulfilment.

      Upping my pledge because of this announcement.

    9. Creator Mike Overhill-Smith on October 10, 2013

      Amazing! Great catch!

    10. Creator Linda Tresham on October 10, 2013

      Wow awesome news! Jennifer Hale AND Mark Meer! Big Win-Win !

    11. Creator Conner Clutsom on October 10, 2013

      Next for David Hayter! Please! Pretty Please!

    12. Creator Pilgrim on October 10, 2013

      Toufexis - Meer - Hale?

      It's time to kick this game into overdrive.

      PS: Her Femshep was amazing, played 95% of my games with her

    13. Creator Lucas Seuren on October 10, 2013

      Not really a surprise, as I assume most of us recognized her in the intro video. Still good to see it's official.

    14. Creator Elie on October 10, 2013

      This is great news, welcome Jennifer :)

    15. Creator Gerry Ryall on October 10, 2013

      Awesome! Even more exciting that Jennifer is originally from my home province of Newfoundland and Labrador! If she grew up in Goose Bay, she's got some legit cold weather and outdoors experience to bring to this project. Very excited!

    16. Creator Shawn Roets on October 10, 2013

      I had a feeling this might happen when Mark Meer joined, so excited to see it confirmed! Gotta love a bit of Femshep.

    17. Creator Benjamin Foreman on October 10, 2013

      An awesome team just got a bit more awesome and its all Canadian crazy that so much video game awesomeness comes from my own country and I thought the loaded american companies where the only big presence in the gaming world, Leah in D3 Awesome work and sorry for getting to this congratz party late. Im so pumped for this project.

    18. Creator Rob C. on October 10, 2013

      This voice acting cast has got talent on talent on talent and the writing is going to be top notch. I hope people realize there's going to be a fully fleshed out cast of characters and this isn't just "Die Cold and Alone: The Game"

    19. Creator USM-Valor on October 10, 2013

      Nice! I am definitely excited to see such awesome talent attached to this game.

    20. Creator Jetro Koro on October 10, 2013

      Welcome Jennifer! This project just keeps getting better and better! (FemShep fan here :P)

    21. Creator 6R3ND3L on October 10, 2013

      Super excited as this project keeps building.

    22. Creator Erik de Vos on October 10, 2013

      Congratulations! Welcome Jennifer!

    23. Creator Loren Small on October 10, 2013

      I'm both Commander Shepherds, and The Long Dark is my favorite game on Kickstarter . . .

    24. Creator Rinu on October 10, 2013

      Yes! Ambitious project + my favorite VA = perfect combo :).

    25. Creator Shelley Olson on October 10, 2013

      The team putting this game together is amazing

    26. Creator Brian Remite on October 10, 2013

      You guys got BOTH Commander Shepards!!!! That's AMAZING! I cannot WAIT for this game!