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are you guys planning to expand the food and health system a bit more  ?
like make your own pemmican, or grow some wormwood to combat worms in your gut..
would be cool if there is some more variety

pemmican would allow you to travel with some food, but not having to kill a few wolves or deer in a track to another worldspace.
ofcourse it would be cool if it took some doing to get it made, and quite a lot of time, so it doesn't come easy..
cause currently if i track from mystery lake to the hunting lodge i kill like 2 wolves and a deer to get there, leaving half of the meat so i'm not a walking decoy myself.
it kinda feels like i spill food, not very nature friendly...lol..

 

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any chance an option to read in bed/sleep bag will be added in the future? so we can get the warmth bonus while we read.

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Would there be any chance for a vehicle like a snowmobile it could be very rare and use fuel that you find and have maybe some storage 

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Hey Ralph! I still play the game (which is astounding as one of the factors that I love about games is the replayability, such as Diablo 2 and Heroes of Might and Magic 3) and the game is getting better and better with each update. I wish I lived in Canada I would definitely visit your studio (if you'd accept visitors) and hand all of you some granola bars and grape sodas. 

Now to the questions: 

- I know even if you didn't start on a second game project, I'm sure you dream about it roughly. Do you think the second one needs to be more realistic in terms of graphics or do you love the current "out of an oil painting" graphics? I sometimes play a hunting game named "The Hunter: The call of the wild" and I really like the graphics. Especially one of the maps that has a tundra setting reminds me of TLD and I immediately switch back to the Long Dark. Don't get me wrong, I really like the current graphics of the game.

- Do you still get inspired by the new games and some of their features which make you say "damn, I need this feature in my game?

- I don't remember who mentioned about a challenge mode in which you should survive on a computer-generated road that lasts kilometers long (which have random houses-encounters on the way) but it is brilliant.

- What is your take on deep mysteries hidden in games? GTA 5 still has an unsolved mystery that puzzles the players to this day (The Mount Chilliad Mystery). Do you plan to implement such a thing in your game in the future that makes people search for years while they try to survive in the world? A small hint there, a little mysterious code there maybe? That kind of "game within the game" makes some obsessive players (like me) play the game more obsessively. And we like it.

 

Thanks again and again. If you come to Istanbul anytime or have a transit via Istanbul Airport please let me know. I'll buy you a drink. That'll be on the house (I work at the airport)

 

Bye!

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In the Dev Diary - of November 2018 you said, that episode 3 will not be released in December because you wanted to add more contend and need more time to polish this episode. Considering that again more than 8 months have past since then, since episode 3 basically was finished (just missed some polishing), i wonder what happened in the meantime?

 

In that diary you also talked about the growth of the studio and that now there are enough people so that a few of them can work exclusively on the sandbox. How come, with that in mind, in these months “only” Steadfast Ranger has been released?

 

I just wonder why there were so many, good and regular updates in 2015 and 2016, with a small staff, but with the ever growing studio less updates are being released and little actual game development is done (from my consumer perspective).

 

Could you give us some information about what’s going on behind the scenes regarding the points above?

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After the Steadfast Ranger update, it was stated that interior lighting would be fixed soon.  I was going to wait until that fix to start playing again but it's been months.

Any update on when the lighting hotfix will go out?

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It seems in a recent update you increased the bunny hitbox a great deal. Now it's larger than the animal and you sometimes don't have to directly hit it. Bunnies now also sit still now and then. What was the idea behind making hunting bunnies that easy? Throwing stones at them wasn't the easiest task and you could fail a lot, but getting bunny skins was already considerably easier then when we had to use snares.

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is there any way we could play one of the older versions? i have been thinking lately i have been taking a break from the long dark well because it doesn't seem to be the long dark i miss the old graphics i guess its just nostalgia but could it be done like the 4Don event or just not possible to do?

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Hello Raphael,

I was wondering : is there some kind of hidden mecanism, that dynamically adjust difficulty depending on the player's condition ? It may be luck, but I noticed that difficulties hardly pile up. For example, if I get badly mauled by a wolf/bear, usually weather becomes clement during the recovery, even in pleasant valley (no blizzard there, really ?). I could see the interest of doing so : player's death becomes the consequence of his own mistakes, instead of bad luck piling up, lowering rage quits and frustration. But after all, it may only be my imagination, for I have no data to support this theory...

So, does the game secures us in one way or another, or do we really face the wrath of the nature that we ignored, unleashed ? Have a nice day !

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The research books have authors' names on them: who are they? :)

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It’s says on your Twitter account that you worked on Farcry 3. That was one of my favorite games of all time. What was it like working with Ubisoft? What did you work on?

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Are you planning to improve the hitbox(?) on items when placing them with right-click? Sometimes it can be really annoying to get the "invalid location to place the object" when it seems like a perfectly valid location to place the object.

But as always: thanks for a truly great and engaging game!

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Im sitting here sharpening my hatchet and knife in the dark, waiting for the sun to rise when I think to myself "How do my arrowheads stay in perfect condition" haha

What are you thoughts on having to keep arrowheads sharp with the whetstone?

Hope everyone at Hinterland Studios is enjoying these last few weeks of summer!

Thank you for taking the time to answer our questions. Means more than you think to alot of us survivors!:hatchet:

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Bonjour Raphaël,

Hello Raphaël,

Do you know the game "Unreal World", developped by two Finnish independent developpers ? What are your thoughts on this game ? Do you think you could enrich your game The Long Dark during 27 years as them, in the form of DLCs for example ?

Aurevoir

Bye

 

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Good day!

 

I have a couple questions. One about ambient lighting, and one about the utility of a hatchet.

 

   Ambient lighting: I've been playing Long Dark since between Rugged Sentinel and Vigilant Flame. In that time, I've noticed several changes to ambient lighting in indoor locations. Does the game's engine present a challenge when trying to appropriately light certain indoor locations? 

   By my observation both here and on the Steam discussion forums, one particular location that keeps popping up is the Pleasant Valley Barn, which for a long time was too dark to traverse even in daylight, resulting in complaints (though thankfully, no outrage). On the other hand, there ARE indoor locations in game, which I feel SHOULD be dark by design and impassable without a torch/lantern, even in daylight. For example, Carter Dam's lower areas (Carter Hydro Dam and Environs: Lower Levels). There are absolutely no windows except in the staff break room at the far end of the map. Once you go through that bulkhead, even in broad daylight it should be pitch black all throughout until you reach the staff break room at the other side.

   Appropriate lighting of indoor locations would give torches and the storm lantern increased utility. As they are now, their current utility is rather limited because many locations are so well lit ambiently, even in darkness.

   Which brings me to my next question: Are there plans to increase the utility of hatchet tools?

   I know a hatchet is required to properly traverse the Hushed River Valley (a region I admit I have not yet visited), but otherwise their utility seems questionable right now. The only other purpose they seem to serve at the moment is to cut tree limbs into firewood (and even then, minor limbs can be cut into firewood with a hacksaw) and break down certain environment objects into reclaimed wood. They can be used to quarter animal carcasses, but so can knife tools, with the exact same efficiency (at least, time-wise. Not sure about the decay of the tools when quartering). In my current survival sandbox, though I've crafted an improvised hatchet for the first time ever, I've left it behind because I just don't see a purpose for it until I decide to finally go to HRV (AFTER I've collected all the game's buffer memories).

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In the interests of keeping this thread clean and allowing @Raphael van Lierop to easily pick out questions to answer please keep it to questions. 

Also:

- try not to ask questions that Google or other players can answer 

- don’t answer other people’s questions but point them to where the question was answered previously if we’ve already dealt with it 

Thanks. 

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A few questions

A lot of the carin’s have the tag “it’s story has yet to be written” will their stories ever be written, or will they remain untouched? 

Why can’t you re-cap/put-out flares?

i haven’t actually tried this, but what happens if you throw a torch/flare into the water In costal highways/desolation point? 

 

You can places cold cooked teas near a fire to warm them back up, but why can’t you do this with raw meat?

 

Thanks for taking the time to answer all our questions 

-SpanishMoss 

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One good thing to sell in the merch store would be the deck of cards from the beginning of wintermute don't you think? any plans to add these as I love the look of the deck in wintermute and would like to use it for solitaire if I could... 

Anyway that's my question, will there be a deck of THE LONG DARK themed cards in the future?

P.S. Best regards to the team and I hope the work on episode 3 is going well.

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Hello, I noticed new sounds of various fauna keep making their way into the game, does your audio team record these themselves? 

If so, are there any species/sounds they captured that they are particularly proud of?

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While playing the long dark I feel like there are many things that could be added or adjusted. Like picking up branches, siphoning gas out of cars, more ways to stay out of the cold, like digging out hay bales, using wood to make a improvised permanent shelter, adding goals in sandbox, npcs that offer rewards in sandbox, mabye being able to escape to the mainland; sorry for all the ideas

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(Bottom of the stairway to Carter Dam Administration)

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(Top of the stairway to Carter Dam administration)

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(Inside Carter Dam administration area)

The Gamer in me has known for decades that 'just because a door exists in an environment does not mean (the player) can open it,' and so for ages the fact that I cannot interact with these doors has been nothing more than a passing acceptance. Walk up to the door, no option to interact with the door appears. Okay. Accept it and move on. But recently, the narrative-explorer side of me has been wondering, 'what is it about these doors, story-wise, that they cannot be opened?'

 

So my question to you is: What's behind these doors? Stuff? Things? Zombies? Will we ever know?

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Screenshot placement, and a playful joke.

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Raph, my dude! First off: Great f@ckin' game you and your team have made here!

1. My question's about the voice acting powerhouses you've acquired. How'd you get Solid Snake, Adam Jensen and both Commander Shepards to all be in the same game?!

2. I remember a previous mailbag mentioned you acquired mocap equipment. Will it be used for capturing their performances, or perhaps for more realistic wildlife animations? 

3. How'd you end up choosing First Aid Kit's "Lion's Roar" as the intro song for the cinematic, and were there any other artists you considered for it? 

4. Suggestion: Can the energy bars, y'know, give us energy?

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Grammatical error

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