Admin

Question Thread :: Milton Mailbag

Recommended Posts

Hi Ralph and the Team!  I've seriously enjoyed the changes made in Wintermute Redeux, I think you did a particularly good job at reworking the characters and their dialog/interactions.  Eagerly look forward to what comes next!  I have a quick question about blueprints. In Wintermute The Dress Rehearsal you could get some blueprints in Episode 2 that you can't seem to get in Redeux's Episode 2.  Did you eliminate some blueprints?  Thanks!

 

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The Go! Energy drink is meant to replace/add a new version to the stim, but the effects are similar to coffee, but coffee doesn’t have the headache effect afterwards, I see the Go! Energy drink as an alternative to a stim, but without the condition boost. So my question is this: would you consider buffing the Go! Energy drink?

  • Upvote 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Posted (edited)
 
Hi Rafael. I have a question about food, do you want to add more food, such as waffles or cookies(biscuits,cracker), or anything else? And also I know that already asked, but why there is no alcohol in the game? It would be exactly preserved, so if the soda was kept) He would warm during the night transition, or in a snowstorm, and helped to kindle a fire, could be used for a torch, etc., a very useful thing;)
used for a torch, etc., a very useful thing;)
Edited by MikeV

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hi Raph,

this game is a real masterpiece, tons of work and improvments have been done, since its alpha release;

I never played during so many years on a video game, but with all these adds (and the main theme of survival in north america's wilderness), TLD is still on my top list !

and will be for a long time....

big up HL, keep on the good work !

❤️

Recently, on a previous mailbag, you talked about a map generator. What a good idea, every player has its own preferate maps, and worst one, according to its gameplay/feelings.

my question(s) is/are :

how would you include it?

great bear Island has several weel built/placed maps, I'm so glad to wait for a map generator, but how is it possible to add a random map generator on this awesome world?

Are you planning to release it on a parallel sandbox mode?

(the best solution I think, but Im not in your plans...)

; )

are you thinking to add it as an extra DLC?

You didn't spoke about it in the 2or 3 last mailbag, is it still on project?

will it be soon ? (Next sandbox update? After the 2 next ? (So after chapter 3 of Sandbox?)

I can't wait ! This would be an awesome add

thanks for all that your team have done to improve this game, results are there, months after months, it's perfect.

Best regards

Alex

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Heyya.

First, have loved this game probably more than most other video games I've experienced in the past few years.

My question stems from other abilities to stay warm in the Long Dark and even the consequences of it. My family does agriculture work year round and often in the dead of winter. We always tell our workers that "The heat is in your tools." Basically, have you ever considered making doing work, cutting wood, or even just sprinting giving you a slight increase in warmth? The flip side would be the danger of heat. Many time I've been out of subfreezing days hauling pine trees in from the field and I've been not only fine in a sweater but was downright over heated if I had more layers. Even in winter that warmth can kill you. I guess has there been any thought about this or would mechanics like overheating or "work-warmth" too fiddly?

Keep up the awesome work, I can't wait to see what else you guys make.

Warmest Regards,

-W

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I'm wondering if some of the load screen art is taken from original concept boards, or were they created to give that impression? 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thank you once again for taking the time to answer the questions. :coffee:

I've got a sort of OT one: Did you enjoy your recent trip to Iceland? Did any TLD applicable inspiration came up when visiting the land of ice and fire? There are plenty of absurdly beautiful natural sanctuaries worldwide ( the Canadian wilderness being one of them ), but Iceland strikes me as somewhere mythology would've easily developed in the olden days of civilization, natural beauty and the juxtaposition of volcano and blizzards would've had a profound effect on people. I wonder if creative people in modern times get the same pump of inspiration from seeing nature nowadays. 

  • Upvote 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

First of all I'm relatively new to the long dark and I was absolutely elated to see the game is still in the works I believe it has so much potential and is by far my favorite survival game out there right now as it stands. One thing I've noticed while playing is the numerous bars of soap and metal pails littered around the map this got me thinking of hygiene and a potential system in place that allows the player to control his or her scent by bathing. Potentially having to boil water and find soap after a hunt to get rid of the scent instead of the scent being eliminated simply by dropping meat. It would feel more realistic because everyone knows when you are elbow deep in deer guts that smell will stick to you kinda like in RDR2 where you have to wash up periodically especially after hunting. I think this would pose a new unique challenge and would give players something extra to do during bad weather instead of just passing the time. 

  • Upvote 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Posted (edited)

In watching Turkeysteam play on YouTube, I noticed that the well fed bonus actually adds condition to your character when it kicks in.  Today, he had the buff lapse while he had low condition and it seemed to cut what little he had in half.  It appears that if you have the well fed buff and your condition is low enough, allowing the buff to lapse can instantly kill you.  Is that the case?  If so, wouldn't it be better to have the buff increase and decrease your *capacity* to have condition?

Edited by TheRealPestilence

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I've recently shown TLD to my brother and he really loved it, it's probably the only game he ever played on his own. We've been playing WINTERMUTE (slight spoiler ahead, be warned), and when we reached the Hunting Lodge, the phone rang. How is it possible that the phone was ringing when there wasn't aurora active in the sky? Is this somehow connected to the note in the Lonely Lighthouse that talks about ringing phones too? Thanks a lot for your answer (if you can and it's not something that would spoil future episodes, of course :-))

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
 
Hello Raf and team. How many years do You plan to finish all 5 episodes(at least approximately, because the game is of interest and despite the fact that all episodes will be completed, after the last, I personally do not know how others will be from the beginning), and also could You answer my previous question? And one more thing-I do not know all this or just me, but why not shoot a rabbit with a gun? Thank you in advance.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hey Raph!

What is the process of looking for someone to make original music for your game or did you already have Sascha and Cris in mind?  Do you kinda just let them do their own thing or do you take a more active role in shaping the musical experience?  Aside from TLD, what would you say is your favorite game soundtrack, from any gaming era?

Thanks and have a good weekend everyone!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

What inspired the emergency stim was it something the community came up with or was something the team came up with if so how did you come up with the idea?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Would you ever make it so water freezes, or d'you think that'd piss people off too much? 😉

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

As a reminder please avoid questions which ask either for release timings (“When will Episode 3 be out?”) or that are just a Wishlist of features you’d like to see added to the game (“Will you ever add Polar Bears?”).

Try to ask questions that give opportunities for discussion of design decisions, a look at the game development process or shine a light on an aspect of The Long Dark that you’re curious about. 

Thanks and we’re getting some great questions so this is just a reminder.

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Have you ever thought about using different "cloth" materials? The last time I was playing, I was thinking that I can repair a superior wool scarf by harvesting a less effective cloth scarf. Do you think it might be a good idea to distinguish the type of material when repairing clothing? It would make wool a more valuable material. And if you aren't able to find the correct material to repair a wool item it would make it a patchwork piece of clothing that is slightly less effective than it would be in perfect condition. 

  • Upvote 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

When we choose a career path, we all start somewhere. Where did you start?

More specifically- was there a single game or game franchise that you can say made you decide that you wanted to, or "needed to", begin working in video games (in any capacity)? What was it about that game or those games, that really "clicked" and compelled you to take that career path? And if not a single game or game franchise, what was it about video games in general that made you want to create them?

Any different career paths you once gave great consideration to before making the choice to become a game dev, that you still think about from time to time? As in- any other careers that you ever gave heavy consideration to, and think you would also have enjoyed, and done well in? Not speaking of any "regrets" about the path you did choose, but more about "I wonder if..." type thoughts? I never have regretted what I have done for a living, but I think back to when I was 12 or so years old, and really thought I would become a veterinarian, zoologist, or biologist, working with animals, and have those fleeting dreams about what my life would be like if I had chosen that path, instead of the one(s) I followed instead.

*Asking for a friend*, of course.  :)

  • Upvote 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Posted (edited)

So I registered to ask this question. First of all, great game and I'm enjoying it loads. One thing I did notice though is that the stars look wrong on one side of the sky - that is one one side you get sharp defined points and on the other side they're "stretched" elongated - sort of like they're seen through a strong gravity source that's bending the light. This bugs me - as it feels like part of the story, but could legitimately be a bug. 

Is this my PC(I'm playing on an ultra widescreen monitor, but my resolution is set correctly, and everything else seems scaled right)? Or is it a bug in the skybox/unity? Or, and hear me out here, is a strong gravitational source the reason why it's always winter, but never Christmas? I'm not sure how the physics or orbital mechanics would work yet (the sun still rises and sets, so the planet still spins), but if something was pulling the planet away from the sun winter would never end. Time would also flow differently for the sun and the earth if the gravity well was deep enough.  I've attached parts of a screenshot taken on the same night (just facing different directions) to illustrate what I mean.

Long Dark Stars.jpg

Edited by mastercylinder

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

What's your opinion on "skyriming" down hills (when players carefully go down really steep hills)? Is that something you're going to fight against in future updates or are you okay with it?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Posted (edited)

Strange, why you can't shoot a rabbit with a gun.

Edited by MikeV

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

This question may have been asked before- and I apologize if it has- but how do you feel about Digital Extremes and their motive for free-to-play games such as Warframe? Does it hurt other game companies or negatively affect game developers? As a consumer, it feels quite nice, but I am just curious how things look behind the scenes. Thanks Raph!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

based off the question you asked about emergency stims in the last mailbag, I have a suggestion on the design and detail of it. Would you ever consider changing it to be something like a Epi-Pen for allergic reactions? I think that would be a cool idea😎

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
On 8/20/2019 at 6:24 AM, MikeV said:

Strange, why you can't shoot a rabbit with a gun.

You can.

  • Upvote 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hi Hinterland Team, Hi Raph.

 

About customing rifle ammo

Like in the movie "L'ours" from Jean-Jacques Annaud (The Bear) :

Tcheky Karyo cuts a cross on the nose of his bullets with his knife, in order to have powerfull rounds which will fragment when hitting the bear.

it could be a good crafting option to add. Isn't it?

Have you ever thinked about adding it ?

 

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now