Developer Hinterland’s excellent post-apocalyptic survival video game The Long Dark – which sees gamers lurking its snowy wilderness with absolutely nothing however a stash of quickly diminishing resources and inevitably soaked underpants – is currently an incredibly tense experience. This year, nevertheless, Hinterland is intending to go from tense to scary as part of its brand-new Escape the Darkwalker Halloween occasion.

Escape the Darkwalker is set to range from next Thursday, 29th October, to 12th November, and changes the Four Days of Night Halloween occasion that has actually been a yearly component for The Long Dark considering that its launching in 2016. But while Four Days of Night was a reasonably uncomplicated rejig of the video game’s existing survival systems, plunging the experience into continuous darkness and including a couple of creepy props, Escape the Darkwalker releases a bevvy of modifications developed to move the video game into full-on scary area.

Those brave enough to start Hinterland’s brand-new Halloween experience will as soon as again discover themselves rushing to make it through in an unlimited night. This time, however, they’ll be relentlessly pursued by an unstoppable, malevolent – and entirely invisible – entity, capable of killing them immediately if it manages to get too close.

Expect some extra-spooky atmospherics as part of Escape the Darkwalker.

The goal, then, is to try and stay alive for as long as possible (success is measured in real-world minutes), but some added wrinkles complicate matters still further. The Darkwalker won’t, for instance, be deterred by walls, meaning it’s safer to keep moving than it is to attempt to hide. In fact, moving is mandatory as each region will be swamped by toxic fog once a player has been there for 30 real-time minutes, giving them five minutes to cross the threshold to safety.

Given the Darkwalker’s distinctly invisible form, players will need to keep a constant ear out for its cries, footsteps, and the spooky music that builds as it draws near if they hope to thwart its pursuit. Fortunately, there’s some small help in the form of special limited-quantity spray paint, used to create Glyphs that will temporarily slow the creature down.

Hinterland notes that participating in the event will unlock some special rewards, including access to the brand-new Endless Night Custom Mode.

“We… wanted to freshen things up this year and do something different that would perhaps embrace a bit of a stronger ‘horror’ vibe than we normally would in the game,” explains the developer in its Steam announcement post. “Halloween is a fun holiday and this gives us the opportunity to play around with ideas that might not make as much sense in core gameplay, however can provide a lot of suspenseful enjoyment for our players!”.

Escape the Darkwalker isn’t the only activity planned for The Long Dark this year. December should see a major Survival mode update introducing UI improvements, two new gear items, and, most notably, the new Ash Canyon area. As announced previously, Episode Four of the video game’s long-in-the-works story mode is now due a long time next year.