Developer and publisher Hinterland Studio has announced their plans regarding The Long Dark for the rest of the year, which includes the Escape The Darkwalker event that's coming October 29. The event will last until November 12 and is different compared to the last few events that Hinterland has done in the past. The objective? Survive for as long as you can, as the player is being stalked by an "invisible, maleovent entity bent on your destruction." The player must keep their distance and survive as many real-time minutes as possible.
Players can't hurt the Darkwalker, but they can slow it down by using special spraypaint glyphs that can temporarily dispel or attract the enemy. Any region in the world can be played, but players can only stay in a specific region for 30 real-time minutes, although this may be changed before the update goes live. Once 30 minutes pass, a toxic fog will appear, and the player has 5 minutes to escape the region or die. Strategy will depend on where the player has to travel and how far ahead movements can be planned.
The Darkwalker can't be seen, so players will have to listen well in order to stay alive. Players must listen to its cries, footsteps, and its accompanying creepy music as it approaches the player. Walls won't keep the Darkwalker out, so the player must be careful with the glyph resources that they have on them. If players participate in the update they'll get a new custom mode unlock called Endless Night.
Survival mode will also receive an update in December, and the update will include UI and tuning improvements, two new gear items, and a new region called Ash Canyon. More details will be released in the future, as well as the Episode 4 progress, although that won't come until "some time in January."