Nintendo Direct presentations are always full of surprises, and one welcome surprise was the launch of The Long Dark, which is available to download right now.

The Long Dark is an exploration-survival game where players are left to explore a frozen wilderness in the aftermath of a geomagnetic disaster. The game's Story mode is said to offer "a chilling narrative", while those who're looking for hours and hours of permadeath gameplay can jump right into a Survival mode.

It all looks very easy on the eyes, doesn't it? Here are some screenshots and an official description:

Bright lights flare across the night sky. The wind rages outside the thin walls of your wooden cabin. A wolf howls in the distance. You look at the meager supplies in your pack, and wish for the days before the power mysteriously went out. How much longer will you survive?

Welcome to THE LONG DARK, the innovative exploration-survival experience Wired magazine calls "the pinnacle of an entire genre".

It's not one of the cheaper digital experiences on Switch, coming in at $34.99, but Nintendo doesn't usually opt to feature any games in its Nintendo Direct presentations that aren't up to scratch. It's performed very well on Steam with plenty of glowing user reviews under its belt.

If it isn't appearing on the eShop in your region just yet, don't worry, we're sure it'll pop up ready to download very soon indeed.

Will you be giving this one a go? Let us know with a comment.