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The Long Dark reveals its long awaited single-player campaign

Top voice talents bring emotion to the game's episodic first season

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Following a successful Kickstarter campaign in 2013 and a solid reception on both Steam and Xbox early access programs, The Long Dark revealed details on its single-player campaign today. Launching in the spring of 2016, Story Mode will put players in the roles of one man and one woman, each fighting to survive the aftermath of a mysterious, apocalyptic event that has brought down modern connected civilization to the brink of collapse.

Set deep in the Canadian wilderness, The Long Dark currently consists of a single-player survival mode played across multiple maps. Players scavenge resources like wood and clothing, craft weapons to fend off hungry wolves and move from shelter to shelter trying to stay one step ahead of a merciless winter. The game has already sold over 550,000 copies across Steam Early Access and Xbox One Game Preview.

The game's first season will be released episodically throughout 2016 and feature the voice talent of both Jennifer Hale and David Hayter. In each two-to-three hour episode players will alternate between bush pilot Will Mackenzie and doctor Astrid Greenwood, each struggling to survive after something called the "First Flare," a geomagnetic event that has crippled the world.

When the first season launches in the spring, developer Hinterland Studio says the current $19.99 price will go up. All original Kickstarter backers and early access players, regardless of platform, will receive the first season's content at no additional charge. They estimate that will include a full 10 to 12 hours of gameplay and as much as 30 percent more wilderness to explore.

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