The Long Dark [official site] is one of our favourite survival games. John has beenplaying it on a regular basis and enjoying his treks through the cold wilderness a great deal, despite the daft difficulty levels, which either see him starving to death within minutes of a gargantuan feast, or present no real challenge at all. That he has returned to the game so often is testament to the strength of the hunting, gathering and cowering.
The upcoming story mode might provide a more balanced experience. The first part of the first season will be available in Spring 2016, when the game leaves Early Access, and there are details and a trailer below, as well as a peek at the latest additions to the sandbox mode.
The beardy man is probably bush pilot Will Mackenzie, one of the two playable characters in the story’s first season. That would make the narrator Astrid Greenwood, a doctor. Both are living in the aftermath of the “First Flare” event which was responsible for the current state of the world, and they’ll have to deal with all of the sandbox’s usual food and shelter issues as well as coming face to face with other survivors. The story also adds The Aurora, which you can see at the end of the trailer there. I’m going to assume it’s basically the Northern Lights except made out of magical space wolves.
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