The Long Dark Sells 250,000 Copies Through Steam Early Access, Next Update Will Nearly Double The Size Of Game World

By Matthew Buzzi , Updated Jan 15, 2015 01:51 PM EST

The Long Dark, a survival sim from Hinterland Studios, has sold 250,000 copies since launching in Early Access back in September.

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The early success allows the Canadian developer more freedom to explore and flesh out its vision, which combines harsh survival mechanics with exploration and a unique visual style. Fan feedback has played a large role in the ongoing Early Access period, with multiple updates addressing community concerns.

"Our goal with The Long Dark was to create a very different type of experience - an artistic survival game - and we were prepared for the game to be quite niche as a result," said studio Creative Director Raphael Van Lierop. "Thinking that a quarter of a million people have embraced our vision, even in this early state - something we've put forward without compromise - is extremely rewarding. And we're just getting started."

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The next update is coming later this month, and will nearly double the size of the playable game world. To celebrate the milestone, Hinterland Studios has released the below infographic to show off some interesting stats about what players are experiencing The Long Dark and how much the title has grown since launch.

The Long Dark is currently available exclusively on Steam through the Early Access program for $19.99, which gives players an opportunity to play the game through its development period.

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