If you’ve played Outlast and Outlast: Whistleblower DLC then you’ve probably seen or played the terrifying and gruesome Outlast 2 demo which released in 2016. As of April 21st, Red Barrels Games officially released the Outlast 2 launch trailer and it is eerie as all hell.
As journalists, you and your wife have a reputation for taking risks and digging into the stories no one else dares to touch, but this time you may have gone too far. Your investigation of a seemingly impossible murder leads you deep into the Arizona desert, and into a darkness so wicked that no light could ever shine upon it.
No conflict is ever black and white. But once the dust has settled, the victors get to decide who was right and who was wrong. Who is good and who is evil. Human nature pushes us to extremes of violence and depravity, which we then justify by divine inspiration and a promise of paradise to come. Horror rises from desperation and blind faith. Outlast 2 will test your faith, pushing players to a place where going mad is the only sane thing to do.
Outlast 2’s creator, Philippe Morin expands on the story in an interview with GameSpot:
“They [the villagers] are convinced that the end of times are coming, and actually it’s going to take place at sun up. So you’ve got one night to look for your wife, to try to find her. And they are convinced that she has something special that… You’re gonna figure out what’s happening with her by the end of the game. We’re trying to mess with the player’s mind, so your sense of what’s real and what’s not becomes confused, and whenever you think you understand what’s going on, we’re going to put a new twist at you, to just switch things up.”
He further confirmed that the story is in the same world as the original Outlast and takes place after those events. The stories are connected, but you’ll have to read the Outlast comic to find out how. You can watch the full interview here.
The numerous outdoor scenes in the trailer is a noticeable departure from the asylum in the first game. Morin has stated numerous times that the main inspiration for the game was the deaths at Jonestown. Other influences are movies such as Children of the Corn and The Shining. This is heavily reflected in the isolated village setting, religious iconography, and voiceover in the trailer. Morin also confirmed a larger variety in areas, including a river section and underground areas. If this will give us more choices in progression, we’ll have to play to find out for now check out the gallery of images below.
Red Barrels confirmed on Twitter that Outlast 2 will run at 1080p & 60 fps on Xbox One. It has also been confirmed by Philippe Morin, to PlayStation LifeStyle, that it will also be compatible with PS4 Pro mode. This will give the game higher shadow quality, texture filtering, and more detailed meshes. However, Outlast 2 will not support PlayStation VR at release. The PC version’s hardware requirements for a 1080p 60 FPS experience are very low. A minimum of a GTX 660, or ATI Raedion HD 7850 makes it playable at high settings on most gaming PCs.
Outlast 2 is will be available April 25th via digital distributors worldwide including Steam, GOG.com, PlayStation Store, and the Xbox Store.