Hinterland Studio’s fantastic survival adventure The Long Dark is getting its first paid expansion on December 5th, and ahead of release, the developer has detailed everything it’s going to bring.
Tales from the Far Territory, as the new expansion is known, is published in six parts over the course of 12 months, each arriving approximately every 8-10 weeks. All six installments will focus on the much-loved Survival mode in The Long Dark, but there are narrative elements in there and Hinterland refers to the entire series as a “campaign.”
What exactly will happen when is currently unclear, but Hinterland has now detailed all the key features it will bring to Survival mode throughout the expansion. There are three new regions, for example – Forsaken Airfield, Industrial Mine, and Mountain Pass – all accessible via the Far Range Branchline and Transfer Pass Center.
Tales from the Far Territory adds plenty of new gameplay elements as well, starting with Glimmer Fog, a mysterious phenomenon capable of electrostatically charging the air and ground with energy. There’s also a new portable Shortwave, capable of picking up supply or location signals that normally can’t be found during Aurora or Glimmer Fog, as well as a new Insomnia Crisis.
Players can also build a Travo for themselves – used to haul a large amount of supplies over long distances, albeit at the cost of mobility – or locate a merchant who specializes in rare goods and information. It is also possible to organize and decorate your favorite interiors.
New wildlife includes the ptarmigan – a wintering bird that serves as a source of food and feathers, used for crafting – and the deadly cougar, which is described as “players’ greatest enemy yet”.
Survivors can also discover unique custom versions of in-game items, found in hidden corners of the world, or take advantage of a new photo mode. Interestingly, this is given a bit of an in-universe twist, as players need to use darkroom chemicals to process their own movie.
All of this will be accompanied by three narrative-driven tales, detailing the region’s mysterious past. Each will feature their own game objectives, which harken back to the story found in the highly anticipated final episode of The Long Dark’s Wintermute campaign.
In addition to Tales from the Far Territory, Hinterland is working on a host of new features for all players, arriving in free updates along with various content drops for the expansion. This includes new spawn points for players (intended to restore the feeling of being “lost” at the start of a new game), as well as updated wildlife spawning, and updated loot tables and item placements.
Players will also be able to locate notes under car visors that contain helpful information, fire-enhanced arrows, collect acorns to create stimulating drinks and flours like coffee, and harvest burdock for drying and brewing medicinal teas.
In addition, new first-person harvesting animations appear, as well as improved fishing and beachcombing, improvised laces, a new isolated vial, and the introduction of a female deer in the wildlife menu. Players can also expect the latest edition of The Long Dark’s Hunted challenge and visual improvements for Xbox X/S, PlayStation 5 and high-end PC.
Hinterland will share a more specific release timeline at a later date, but those interested in getting Tales from the Far Regional expansion pass can do so starting Monday, December 5th on PC, with a console release due in “early” 2023. It’s It will initially cost $19.99 but this price will increase as more content is added over the course of 12 months. Expect it to go up to $24.99 in the middle and $29.99 once everything is available.