Hinterland has announced that it will release some kind of paid season pass The long dark later this year.
According to a rather lengthy developer diary published on the game’s Steam page and official website, studio founder Raphael van Lierop – who also announced he was stepping down as project lead to work on new things – brought the team to the storyline mode and survival “uncoupled”. Mode that makes it easier to produce content for one without affecting the other.
Apparently, the interrelationship between mechanics and content between the two meant that some updates the team would have liked to make in one area couldn’t be made because they could impact the other.
Now that the team has found a way to separate survival and story, they will be working on a whole new era of survival mode content that will bring “new life and energy” back to the game. This will consist of a paid update path for the mode and the first to be added since the game’s release eight years ago.
A “season pass” approach will be used, consisting of a 15- to 18-month campaign of updates that will appear in “regular cadence” over the course of that period. The pass will contain a combination of content and gameplay system updates, including new regions, new challenges, new mechanics and more, as well as general core system improvements and updates.
For those who don’t like the Season Pass approach and prefer to only pay for content when it’s complete, Hinterland will “repackage the season’s content into 3-4 individual paid DLC packs.”
“We’re still working on pricing, but the season pass will offer a discount on the combined price of the DLC, and any paid DLC will have a very fair price,” van Lierop assured.
“We want to make sure that our existing players who choose not to purchase (or can’t afford) more content still have a great experience with The Long Dark and don’t feel left behind. We’ll continue to offer some free updates to the survival base game, so everyone who doesn’t buy the pass gets something. These updates will generally be minor, more modest improvements compared to what you’ll see when they’re added to the paid content stream. which seems only fair.”
Hinterland will release more information about its plans and provide some graphics to communicate the planned roadmap sometime before launch sometime in the second half of the year.
The latest DLC for the game, Episode Four: Fury, Then Silence, was released for the story mode back in October. Episode five is currently in the works.
The Long Dark is available for PC via Steam and the Epic Games Store, as well as PS4, Switch and Xbox One.
https://www.vg247.com/the-long-dark-is-getting-its-first-paid-dlc-later-this-year-in-the-form-of-a-season-pass The Long Dark is getting its first paid DLC later this year in the form of a “Season Pass”