When the Long Dark was released in 2013, it kicked off a new trend of survival games which are now among some of the most popular titles on Steam. Now, almost three years later, Hinterland Studio has announced that its sandbox adventure will get an update adding two brand-new features to its original premise: new encounters and permadeath. How do these changes impact how players experience The Long Dark? And what can we expect from future updates?
The “the long dark blackrock map” is a new addition to the game. It adds a new location, with different challenges and events.
The Perilous Constraint free update, which is currently available, has expanded The Long Dark’s survival mode. Players will notice that the Blackrock Region map has been added to the game, bringing the total area of the game globe to 55 km2.
The Blackrock map first appeared in the fourth episode of The Long Dark’s Wintermute tale. In survival mode, a new transition zone connects the area to Pleasant Valley, and a cave system connects it to Timberwolf Mountain.
The Blackrock Region, like its contemporaries, has its fair share of points of interest and places to visit. The Blackrock Penitentiary, while being demolished, may still be visited and contains a number of materials both within and outside its jail block.
You’ll find a power plant, a substation, and new shelters as you explore The Long Dark’s Blackrock region. You’ll also have to deal with a lot of Timberwolf patrols, which is why you should look for the two new items included in the Perilous Constraint update.
The Ballistic Vest is the first item of protective gear in the game, giving increased protection against physical harm. While wearing it, you’ll be less prone to bear, wolf, and moose assaults, but it will severely slow down your movement speed and be rather heavy.
The Noisemaker is an explosive gadget that works best for scaring off Timberwolves, particularly when they threaten to encircle you. The loud roar of its explosion deters attackers for a short time, but you should not hang on to it for too long after lighting its fuse.
Only the ammo bench, one of which can be located in Blackrock Penitentiary’s workshop, can be used to make the gadget, making the new area a spot you’ll want to return sooner or later.
Check out the video below to discover more about The Long Dark’s Perilous Constraint upgrade and Blackrock Region map, as well as developer Hinterland’s future intentions in the December 2021 written dev diary.
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