Well, it's certainly been an exciting few days.
On Sunday, we were selected as Kickstarter's Project of the Day. Yesterday, we shared the first gameplay footage of The Long Dark. Between those two events, we've (you've!) raised almost $25,000 (more than 10% of our goal) for The Long Dark! This is amazing progress, and brings us ever closer to our goal.
We've also hit another incredible milestone -- over 4000 backers!
A few other interesting numbers:
- Over 30,000 hits of our gameplay video on YouTube, plus thousands more on mirrors.
- Over 350 total articles in 25 languages covering The Long Dark and Hinterland since our announcement a month ago.
- Nearly 700 new backers in the last two days alone!
This is amazing news for the project. If we can keep this momentum up, the $200K goal is within our reach. All it needs is us continuing to update and spread the word, and with your help we can reach even more people, so keep doing what you're doing, because it's working.
Now, onto a few more updates.
The Hinterland team will be on Reddit today, between 12-2PM PST, to answer questions about...anything. We'll probably focus on the game, but really we'll just be there to respond to the community and share our excitement for The Long Dark. Please join us! We'll post the actual discussion thread on Twitter and Facebook when we get closer to going live, so check us out there to get the link.
High Rez Screenshots for Wallpaper
Many of you asked us to post a download link to high-rez copies of the screenshots we recently released, so you could use them as desktop wallpaper and whatnot. So, we did.
We have a new poster for The Long Dark, from the mind of The Long Dark's art director, Hokyo Lim. This poster will be available at both the $55 and $100 poster reward tiers. All backers getting the poster will have the chance to select their poster choice through a survey once the Kickstarter campaign is finished.
Name a Location Contest Winners
Yesterday, we promised that we'd reward 3 of the retweeters/sharers of our Gameplay Footage announcement, by offering them Location Naming Rights in The Long Dark.
The three winners are:
- Jonas Wagner (from Facebook)
- @Pancho_2099 (from Twitter)
- Aaron Brooks (@promythyus from Twitter)
Congratulations! We'll be in touch with each of you to get your details and sort you out for your Location Naming Rights reward.
Physical Goods Shipped by Mid-December!
We want to let you know that we're setting up logistics so that we'll be able to fulfill and ship all your physical goods (T-shirts, posters, DVD cases, etc.) by Christmas. Some physical items (ex. Art Book) might not be ready until later in development, but our intention is to manufacture and ship all the physical goods we can by mid-December, in time for the holidays. So order some extras for your loved ones!
What the Press Are Saying about The Long Dark!
We wanted to share some highlights from coverage of our gameplay footage. So far, there have been over 130 articles, since only yesterday!
"Unlike a majority of the post-apocalyptic survival games we’re inundated with every year, The Long Dark is beautiful."
- Bloody Disgusting, http://bloody-disgusting.com/news/3258226/first-gameplay-footage-shows-the-long-dark-in-action/
"The thing that really stands out with the game is the art-style... it's very striking and also shows that a game doesn't need to be pushing for photorealism to be compelling, and have its own personality to stand out from the crowd all while looking like a gorgeous painting come to life."
- Cinema Blend, http://www.cinemablend.com/games/Long-Dark-Releases-Video-Promote-Kickstarter-Campaign-59680.html
"Guaranteed zombie-free survival sim."
- Games.on.net, http://games.on.net/2013/10/the-long-dark-releases-first-gameplay-trailer-shows-snow-and-survival/
This looks like a world I don't want to be in, and since that's kind of the point, job well done. I feel uneasy simply watching the video.
- Destructoid, http://www.destructoid.com/first-look-at-frigid-survival-sim-the-long-dark-263149.phtml
"The Long Dark is already looking like a stylized winter wonderland (of constant, creeping terror and peril)."
- Rock Paper Shotgun, http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2013/10/08/first-long-dark-gameplay-footage-fills-me-with-longing/
"As you can see, the distinctive style of the game's concept art has carried across intact into the 3D environments of the game, but what's most interesting about the footage is how it demonstrates the number of simulation systems at play in the game."
- US Gamer, http://www.usgamer.net/articles/heres-how-the-long-dark-plays
Show a little extra love to some of our brothers and sisters on Kickstarter:
Contagion (co-op zombie survival horror on the Source engine; 5 days to go)
Hyper Light Drifter (beautiful art style; 4 days to go)
River City Ransom: Underground (23 hours to go...get in there quick!)
Nelvana of the Northern Lights (First Canadian super-heroine! Plus it says "Northern Lights".)
That's the update for today. Remember the Reddit AMA at 12-2PM PST. Keep spreading the word. We're going to make it.
We leave you with these inspirational words that have brought comfort in many dark times:
"All endeavor calls for the ability to tramp the last mile, shape the last plan, endure the last hour's toil. The fight to the finish spirit is the one... characteristic we must posses if we are to face the future as finishers." - Henry David Thorough, Walden
Keep the fires burning.
- The Hinterland Team