Free If You Own The Original
Superflat's Jasper Byrne has confirmed that the retooled PSN version of Lone Survivor, his utterly exquisite survival horror adventure, will be available on PC from October 31st. However, in a neat twist, it will be entirely free if you happen to own the original... which you probably do since it was available in a massive Humble Bundle last year!
Byrne published the news by way of the Superflat Games blog, wherein he explained that the expanded Director's Cut game was an enormous undertaking, but he's keen to open it up to as many players as possible.
"i have quietly been beavering away over the last few months to bring this enormous update back to the format it began life on," he wrote, avoiding any attempts at capitalisation. "it was originally going to be a very slightly updated version of the original game, but turned into a ten-month odyssey. i was able to add all the little details which i wasn’t able to squeeze in the first time round, so that i could bring my original vision to you with no compromises, and with them a whole load of new ideas that emerged as i worked on it.
"almost without fail, business-minded friends and colleagues, as well as the players themselves, expected i would release the game as a brand new version, requiring the players of the original game to purchase it again, or at the very least to release the update as paid DLC. i gave it a huge amount of thought, and eventually i realised i would rather just give the update away for FREE to all 800,000+ customers, to say thank you for your support… and that’s exactly what i’m going to do!
"yep, you heard it right: Lone Survivor – The Director’s Cut is going to be 100% FREE to anyone who has bought the game so far (even for $0.01 in the Humble Bundle!)"
Amazing news. Be sure to check your Steam library and emails, since you probably got involved with Humble Bundle V if you've got a nose for value. If you don't already own it, the Director's Cut will also release on Steam and GOG this Halloween, sporting a slight price increase offset by a launch deal.
Byrne also confirmed that save files will be compatible between both versions, though I'd urge you to start afresh to fully appreciate some of the retooled content and dialogue.
We poured thick gloopy dollops of critical praise onto Byrne's creation in our Lone Survivor: The Director's Cut review.