The Long Dark isn't the most recent game. In fact it's an eight year old game. So, some may find it confusing that it will be getting its first paid DLC later this year. Hinterland Studio put out a developer diary that looked back on the time since the game's launch and even mentioned a few of the things players can expect from the survival game.
"One of the challenges of supporting both Survival and Story modes in The Long Dark has always been managing our resources to sustain both. Delivering Wintermute was a promise, an obligation, but continuing to support Survival Mode was a choice," said the blog post. "We did it to ensure our Survival players didn’t feel neglected while we worked on the story episodes, but as a result, some of the “magic” that drove the early years of The Long Dark’s success, and the growth of the game and the community, was lost. We weren’t able to update Survival as frequently, as our studio focus was necessarily split between both modes, and these frequent updates were a big part of what helped the game take off.
"Last year we ran a community poll, asking how you would like us to dedicate our focus for the future of The Long Dark. Amongst other bits of useful feedback, we discovered that nearly 80% of you wanted us to begin producing paid expansion content for Survival Mode."
The team will be looking to add something in the vein of a season pass which will include "15-18 month campaign of updates that unlock for anyone who has purchased the pass. The updates will come on a regular cadence over the course of that period."
Additionally, anyone who does not want to pay for the pass will also get access at least to some new content. "So we’ll also continue to provide some free updates to the base Survival game, so anyone who doesn’t buy the pass will get something. These updates will generally be smaller, more modest improvements compared to what you will see being added to the paid content stream, which seems only fair."
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