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Ratings and Launch Dates

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RATINGS & LAUNCH DATE(S)

Hello intrepid survivors,

With our launch around the corner, we wanted to update you on the ratings we’ve received and how that impacts our launch timings.

We’ve been navigating the lengthy ratings submission process with the various government ratings boards, and here’s where things currently stand:

THE AMERICAS
For ESRB, which covers North, Central, and South America, we have been issued a “T” rating, which means anyone 13 or over can purchase and play the game.

GERMANY
For USK, which covers Germany, we have been issued a “12” rating, which means anyone 12 or over can purchase and play the game.

EUROPE & RUSSIA
For PEGI, which covers all of Europe, and also Russia, we have been issued a “16” rating, which means you have to be 16 or older to purchase and play the game.

This PEGI-16 rating was an unexpected surprise to us, as we had a PEGI-12 rating going into our Certification process with Microsoft and Sony.

Unfortunately, we just received this rating earlier this week and we are now forced to re-submit the game to Sony Europe for approval. As a result, our launch in Europe on PS4 is being delayed until August 8th.

For Xbox One, we will launch in all countries covered by our three current ratings, on August 1st. Additional territories (ex. Australia, New Zealand, etc.) will be made available as soon as we secure ratings and get those versions through Microsoft.

For Steam, we will launch worldwide on August 1st. There is no ratings requirement or certification process on Steam.

We’re really disappointed about the PEGI-16 rating, and we think it’s quite out of line with our other ratings, but this is the rating we’ve been issued. We are currently working with Sony Europe to get the game through their certification process with this new rating, and our goal is to have it in the European PlayStation store by August 8th. We are also working with Sony Europe to secure a launch discount to soften the sting of having to wait an extra week.

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IN SUMMARY

• Steam launches worldwide on August 1st.
• Xbox launches worldwide in ESRB, PEGI, and USK territories on August 1st.
• PlayStation 4 launches in ESRB territories on August 1st.
• PlayStation 4 launches in PEGI and USK territories on August 8th.

Apologies to our European PlayStation fans for this unexpected delay. We hope it doesn’t diminish your excitement for the game in any way.

Thanks for reading.

– Raphael


QUICK REFERENCE

STEAM
Launches worldwide on August 1st
No ratings required

XBOX (Canada, United States, Mexico)
Launches August 1st
ESRB Rating: T

XBOX (Europe, Russia)
Launches August 1st
USK Rating: 12
PEGI Rating: 16

XBOX (Australia, New Zealand)
Launches August 8th (tentative)
Not Yet Rated

PLAYSTATION 4 (Canada, United States, Mexico and whatever else the ESRB applies to)
Launches August 1st
ESRB Rating: T

PLAYSTATION 4 (Europe)
Launches August 8th (tentative)
USK Rating: 12
PEGI Rating: 16

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Oh, I will be in the Beijing time on August 1 at 23 o'clock in the steam platform to receive the story mode.

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Update! Raph has let everyone know that we're aiming to have The Long Dark released tomorrow morning around 8:00 AM , Pacific Standard Time.

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I'll do my best to be home from work at 17h CEST then. B|

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4 hours ago, Scyzara said:

I'll do my best to be home from work at 17h CEST then. B|

+1. I was going to ask who lives in the Pacific... ;)

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FYI fellow Australians: Pacific Time is 15 hr behind Perth, 16 hr 30 min behind Adelaide and 17 hr behind Melbourne/Sydney..

It's going to be a long, dark Tuesday 1/8 without story mode :(

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33 minutes ago, FrameBalls said:

FYI fellow Australians: Pacific Time is 15 hr behind Perth, 16 hr 30 min behind Adelaide and 17 hr behind Melbourne/Sydney..

It's going to be a long, dark Tuesday 1/8 without story mode :(

Noooooooo  

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Hey guys. Been looking forward to this game for a long while! It doesn't seem as if you've given a PS4 release date for Australia (just for Xbox One)? Do you have an estimate of when we might see it in the Australian PS4 store? Thanks!

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Have fun gaming everyone! I'll have to wait an extra week or two though so I can get my defence squared away :) 

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11:00 AM WhoooooHoooooo!

I think the teen ratings are silly. A twelve year old city kid could learn a lot from this game.

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Fantastic, I'll just be finishing my shift when the game comes online.  (GMT)

All the best Hinterland this game is awesome.

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16 hours ago, Scyzara said:

I'll do my best to be home from work at 17h CEST then. B|

Well turns out I won't be playing today after all, we have a big Nation Day party here in the hood and I'm expected to help out from 16h CEST on :(

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Yay, made it! 15 Minutes left! ^_^

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Ha weather gods gave us a short hail shower and some rain for an hour, gives me a few minutes for a first look - now hinterland just please be on time :D

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Posted (edited)

It's downloading things! And I'm still writing my latest chapter on that post-apocalyptic inspiration article... argh, priorities! 

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Launch at exactly 17h CEST for me! :)

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Posted (edited)

Isnt supposed to be in an hour?

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Posted (edited)

No love in the XB1 store yet.

 

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5 hours ago, ChillPlayer said:

Well turns out I won't be playing today after all, we have a big Nation Day party here in the hood and I'm expected to help out from 16h CEST on :(

I feel your pain! My launch date will be August 11th around 21h EST... after I finish my (hopefully) successful thesis defence! :D 

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I'm not able to make rose hip tea now yet I have everything I require, am I missing something?

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4 minutes ago, JonnyJ said:

I'm not able to make rose hip tea now yet I have everything I require, am I missing something?

Yes.  Try a bit of crafting.

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HL changed the way how rosehip and reishi tea are prepared - you need to cut them into pieces now (via the crafting menu) before you can cook them. ^^

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