Hinterland Games, developers of The Long Dark, are committed to delivering the most authentic experience within the confines of the technology they are working with and the directions in which they are taking the thematic elements of their game. At the end of the day, the developers also acknowledge that they want this to be a fun game.
In order to deliver on their promise of authenticity, the developers have brought Chris Fragrassi, a survival expert, on board the development team. Fragrassi’s role will be to, “help [Hinterland] understand how to translate certain aspects of wilderness survival into compelling gameplay mechanics.” Fragrassi has experience as a, “veteran wilderness guide, bush pilot, and survival trainer, Chris runs AMARUK, a company specializing in providing survival training (for individuals as well as military and law enforcement agencies) and wilderness guiding for expeditions around the world.” The developers have also included a letter, written by Fragrassi and directed towards current and potential donors, on the Kickstarter page.
Hinterland Games have also added three new rewards tiers for donors considering plunking down money in the range of $160 to $500. The new rewards pertain to the game’s script and voice-acting, both of which the developers have promised will be as comprehensive as possible when the game is released in October of next year. You can see full details of each of the new tiers below:
- BIBLIOPHILE — HARDBOUND, SIGNED SCRIPT. Get a hardbound copy of the script for The Long Dark, signed by the writing team and the voice actors (including Mark Meer, Elias Toufexis, and unannounced talent!), with a personalized dedication thanking you for your support of the project. ($160, includes all $40 rewards)
- BIBLIOPHILE — YOUR WRITING IN THE GAME! Work with the writing team on The Long Dark to develop story content and text for up to 3 in-world collectibles items or environmental storytelling elements like graffiti, things like journal entries, newspaper articles, scientific papers, etc. Get your writing in the game, and a credit as Special Guest Writer! (Please note we reserve the right to discard ideas that are offensive or not suitable to the game.) ($210, includes all $80 digital tier rewards)
- AUDIOPHILE — VOICE. Using Skype, listen in on a special 1-hour voice recording session for The Long Dark. The session will be introduced by members of the Hinterland team and key voice talent, and then you will be invited to listen in to the session. You’ll also receive signed cast photos and prints with character art from the game. ($500, includes all $110 digital tier rewards)
The Long Dark is being developed by Hinterland Games for the PC, Mac, and Linux. The developers are shooting for an October 2014 release, and hope to eventually have the game released on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One as well. As of this post, the game has amassed over $103,000 of its $200,000 goal.