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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 CA$ 256,217 to help bring this project to life.

Video Update 1 - Thanks & Campaign Progress So Far!

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Hello Hinterlanders,

Our first Video Update is a message straight from Hinterland HQ, with an update from our creative director Raphael on progress this week and a review of how the campaign is going. Hope you enjoy!

(NOTE: Since we shot this video, we've hit $68k!!)

We have some exciting announcements next week so stay tuned, and keep spreading the word about The Long Dark!

- The Hinterland Team

Update 7 -- Running A Marathon

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Running a Kickstarter campaign is kind of like running a marathon. It takes a steady and sustained effort to achieve success, and it is both mentally and physically grueling.

In fact, Hinterland's technical director, Alan Lawrance, is running 26.2 miles today in the St. Charles, IL marathon (please let us know if you think he is crazy or not!). When he gets back he'll resume the marathon that is the Kickstarter for The Long Dark, with the rest of the Hinterland team.

Alan's marathon is a good time to remind ourselves and our backers that The Long Dark campaign is much more of a marathon than a sprint. We are in this for the long haul, and we want you there with us all the way.

We truly appreciate your support, and we will continue to do our best to earn the trust you have placed in us.

Thank you,

- The Hinterland Team.

UPDATE 6 -- Customizable Willpower Photo For Everyone!

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Hello again, Hinterlanders!

Wow, we love your passion. 

This morning we shared details of the Willpower gameplay in The Long Dark, and the use of the Polaroid Photo as the manifestation of this mechanic.

Many people got in touch with us, both here on Kickstarter and through social media, to let us know how much they loved the idea of being able to put a personal photo in the game. One backer in particular had a very powerful story for us about how they intended to put the picture of a loved one they had lost, to make their experience of the game even more personal.

This really affected us. We realized that the potential of this idea is much greater than maybe we realized, and that if it can make one person's experience of the game that much more powerful, then we really want everyone to be able to experience that same feeling.

So from this point onward, we're making the following changes effective immediately:

  • Everyone will have the ability to upload a personal family photo in the game, which will replace the "default" photo (which we'll include in there in case people want to use it).
  • We'll keep the new $25 Locket tier, but now what you'll be getting is not the *functionality* to customize the photo, but rather, the special locket with the Hinterland logo on it (see artwork below).

We'll be in touch with everyone who upgraded from the $15 Early Bird tier to the new $25 Locket tier, to help you get back to the $15 Early Bird tier if that's what you'd like to do.

Anyone else who upgraded from $20 to $25, who doesn't want the Custom Hinterland Locket art, can simply change their backing level back to $20.

As a point of clarification, because it seems we might have confused some people with our initial message in Update 5 -- the Locket tier has only ever been about customization. There was never a gameplay advantage to choosing the $25 tier over the $15 tier. We do not believe in "pay to win" mechanics. If we did, we'd be making a free-to-play game.

We hope that all of you will enjoy the ability to customize your Willpower photo, and that it'll make your experience of The Long Dark even more meaningful.

Bank the fire, stay warm, and keep your eyes open for The Long Dark.

- The Hinterland Team

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UPDATE 5 -- Willpower Gameplay, New Rewards!

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Greetings, Hinterlanders!

Earlier this week, in Update 2, we gave you the run-down on how our Survival Simulation works. Today, we want to update you on another important facet of our survival gameplay: Willpower.


Many survival experts will tell you that survival is more about your mental and emotional state than it is about your specific survival skills, knowledge, or whatever equipment you may have with you. 

We've all read stories about people surviving against impossible odds -- exposed in the wilderness without food and water, appropriate gear or clothing, and in many cases no idea of where they are! Afterwards, when asked how they were able to survive, we often hear the response: "I focused on getting home to my family and loved ones. I focused on the things I had to live for. That's how I survived."

The human mind is an incredibly powerful thing. When push comes to shove, when we face a choice between life or death, people can have an incredible strength of spirit and the ability to overcome seemingly impossible odds, purely because of our will to live.

In The Long Dark, we want to capture that same idea, and so we have a gameplay mechanic called "Willpower". Willpower is layered on top of many of the other systems we talked about in Update 2, and essentially acts as a gameplay "buff", providing you with a temporary advantage that allows you to overcome a life-threatening situation. 

Think of it as a kind of mental or emotional "shield" you can call up in dire situations.

In The Long Dark, we manifest this idea in the form of a Polaroid Photograph that Mackenzie has in his inventory and can refer to in times of need. When he looks at it, he is reminded of what he's fighting for, what he has to live for.

But, with each use, the photograph fades a bit more, as though the memories that fuel it become less specific, less real. 

The Willpower photo can be "recharged" in the game, by accomplishing certain goals, navigating certain choices, progressing through the story, etc. But always, you will have to use the Willpower photo very sparingly, because you never know what dangerous survival situation might be just over the next hill.

Mechanics like this are part of what makes The Long Dark feel unique as a game experience!

Special Reward Tier: "Willpower Locket"

We thought backers might like the opportunity to customize the Willpower mechanic. Rather than using a Polaroid photo that we design for you, we want to give you the chance to use your own.

So, we're adding a new reward tier at $25, which is the Willpower Locket. This Locket will be an in-game item, in Mackenzie's inventory, replacing the Polaroid Photo with a silver locket given to Mackenzie (see image). You'll be given the opportunity, from within the game, to upload a personal photo that will be visible inside the locket. 

This way, when you need to use Willpower in the game, you will be looking at a personal photo of your own choice -- perhaps your own family -- and that will make your survival experience in the game even more meaningful.

Note: If you have already pledged above the $20 reward tier, you automatically get this reward!

New Reward Tier: T-Shirt

Many of you have expressed interest in a lower-priced tier that lets you get the game and the T-shirt only. We've just added a new $55 tier where you can get a Downloadable Copy of the Game, and the Exclusive Kickstarter Backer shirt. 

This tier is specifically for backers who want the T-shirt, and not the other rewards that come in the current $120 T-shirt tier.


Thank you for your support and for all your questions and comments. We read everything you send us, and are constantly looking for ways to improve our campaign and to be attentive to your requests.

We're doing so well and we want to thank each and every one of you for your support of The Long Dark and Hinterland. Please help us achieve our goals, by going out and recruiting your friends and family so they can share this dream with us!

And now, it's time for some Pancakes!

- The Hinterland Team

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UPDATE 4 -- Dinner with Mark Meer! PayPal Update! T-shirts!

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Good morning, Hinterlanders! This update is brought to you by beards and syrup.

Dinner with Mark Meer

We have some exciting news to share. Earlier this week, in Update 1, we announced that renowned voice actor Mark Meer (voice of Mass Effect's Commander Shepard amongst many other things) would be joining the cast of The Long Dark.

Today, we're announcing a new Reward Tier for our Kickstarter campaign: Dinner with Mark Meer!

You can see the details in the rewards sidebar on the Kickstarter page, but to recap:

  • Dinner with Mark Meer
  • Not only Mark, but you'll also hang out with Hinterland's Audio Director, Dave Chan, veteran of many BioWare games
  • You'll also get a vinyl copy of the soundtrack to The Long Dark, signed by Mark and Dave
  • We promise the dinner will be nice (probably with linen napkins and stuff)

So, spread the words to your friends, or grab one of those 7 seats before they are all gone. You many never have another chance to eat dinner with Mark Meer. He might not survive this project!

PayPal Update

We've heard from many of you that you want to back the game but you can't because of the way Kickstarter's payment system works (requires a credit card), and you're asking us to provide the option to pay using PayPal. 

Just to let you know, Hinterland web squirrels are working on solving this for you right now, and we hope to have that sorted out for you by the end of this week. Please stay tuned, because we'll blast the news as soon as it is up. Let your friends know!

New T-Shirt Designs

Just a quick note to mention we've updated the Rewards section with some more t-shirt designs. There are three designs to choose from (you'll select the one you want at the end of the campaign):

The Long Dark Road -- Two Survivors meet on the road. What are their motivations? What happens next? 

Winter Wolf -- An abandoned, snow-covered train car might hold life-saving supplies. But wolves are near!

Lonely Phone -- When the power goes out, most communications goes down. But sometimes, old rotary phones still work. You hear one ringing in the distance. Who could be on the other end?


Thanks for your ongoing support! Spread the word about The Long Dark and let's kick this campaign in the syrup.

May your beard grow long. You'll need it when The Long Dark comes.

- The Hinterland Team

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