The Long Dark

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  • Developer Hinterland Studio, Inc.
  • Version 1.0
  • License Freeware
  • Language en

The Long Dark is a mysterious survival experience that challenges you to think strategically as you explore an extensive frozen wasteland in the aftermath of a geomagnetic storm. In contrast to other titles in this genre, no zombies appear in The Long Dark. It's only you, in the blistering cold, against all the threats Mother Nature has for you. This is our The Long Dark Game download page.

Key Features

Survival of the Fittest: Search and hunt for live-saving food, whilst doing everything it takes to avoid dying from hostile wildlife, hypothermia, frostbite, and diseases such as dysentery. Grab the right gear and hunt wolves, bears, moose, rabbits, crows, and much more.

Choose Your Experience: Choose from 4 distinct difficulty levels. If none of the modes suit your wishes, you can choose the Custom Mode and tailor the game experience to your specific preferences.

The Long Dark update: Beside releasing the 3 remaining episodes of the Wintermute story mode, Hinterland Studio constantly introduces updates to the Survival Model, as well as patches to fix general bugs in the game.

Game Modes

There are 3 different game modes in The Long Dark: Wintermute, Survival and Challenges.

  • Wintermute: This is the episodic story mode of The Long Dark. Wintermute will consist of 5 episodes, of which 2 have been released so far.
  • Survival: This is by far the more popular mode in this game. Survival is a non-narrative experience where your only mission is to stay alive as you find your way through the immense The Long Dark map.
  • Challenges: This mode offers objective-based challenges that are designed to last between 1 and 3 hours each. Some very fun examples are Whiteout, where you have to gather enough supplies to survive a fierce blizzard, and Hunted, where you need to escape from a hungry bear.

For more detailed information on the different gameplay modes we recommend you to visit this The Long Dark Wiki page.

Is The Long Dark Multiplayer

As of now, a multiplayer mode doesn't exist in this game. As a matter of fact, The Long Dark gameplay was always designed to be a single-player experience, as the game's plot is heavily emphasized on how lonely it feels to wander through the wilderness all by yourself.


By March 2021, The Long Dark had sold over 5 million copies worldwide. If we look at The Long Dark review section on Steam, we see that 91% of all user reviews have been positive. The average The Long Dark critic review score on Metacritic is 77 out of 100.

Is it Playable for Free?

No, this survival game is not available for free. You can acquire a digital copy of the game for around $29.99 on Steam. The Long Dark is also accessible through Xbox Game Pass. Click here to learn more about Microsoft's gaming subscription service.

System Requirements

Windows: Windows 10, 8 or 7. At least 4 GB Ram memory and 512 MB VRAM, besides 7 GB free disk space.

macOS: OS X 10.9 or newer. An Intel HD Graphics 5000 chip or better, 4 GB RAM memory and 7 GB available disk space.

Linux: Ubuntu 16.04 or 17.04.4 GB RAM, 512 MB VRAM and 7 GB hard disk space.

Images: © Hinterland Studio, Inc.

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