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Post-apocalyptic games have always had a special place in my heart. Blame it on all the years growing up with the Fallout series, I guess. Regardless, it makes me happy that the whole collapse-of-modern-society theme seems to be popular these days, a-la The Last of Us, S.T.A.L.K.E.R., The Walking Dead, and now The Long Dark, a “first-person post-disaster survival simulation set in the Northern wilderness.”
Flying a routine mail delivery in the Northern wilderness, bush pilot William Mackenzie witnesses mysterious lights flaring across the sky. Suddenly, his trusty DeHavilland Beaver loses power and crashes into the dense mountain forest below.
Stranded far from the closest human habitation — lost, wounded, alone, and with wolves circling — Mackenzie will have to quickly master basic wilderness survival skills if he’s to last long enough to understand what he just witnessed, and how his world has just changed.
And that’s only the beginning.
The Long Dark is a crowdsourced project looking to bring the “quiet apocalypse” to life in the Pacific Northwest, pitting you against the frozen wilderness in the darkness.
Hinterland, a relatively new game studio founded last year, is filled with AAA video game veterans, with titles like Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, Mass Effect, Saints Row, FarCry 3, and Red Faction II to name a few. With a star-studded staff, they look to breathe life into this quiet tundra.
A few key features their Kickstarter page mentions are the “beautiful but savage” Northern wilderness whose aurorae are the apparent cause to the obsolescence of modern technology, morally challenging scenarios, a mature story line, and dozens of hours in a survival sandbox.
Like other post-apocalyptic games before it, The Long Dark poses the question of “how will we survive without the modern technology we take for granted” and throws us out from the warmth of our metropolises and into the inky blackness of the frontier. Though no actual gameplay videos or photos exist as of yet, the concept art for this game is stunning and given the team’s track records in previous pursuits, I very much look forward to the development of this game.
Currently, the game is looking for $200,000 CAD by October 16th, 2013 and at a little over $64,000 at the time of writing. Check out their official Kickstarter page for more details.
Source : Kickstarter