Prepare yourselves, (and make sure to go to the bathroom first) because Outlast is coming early this September. Developer Red Barrels just today announced that the game would be launching on the 4th of September for the PC.
Outlast is a dark survival horror game and is looking to be one of the scariest games of the year now, if the trailers and demos are anything to go by. It follows the story of a journalist investigating an abandoned, derelict insane asylum to investigate the actions of a corporation that has been involved there. As always, it turns out that the institute, while still derelict, is far from abandoned.
The game seems to take inspiration from titles such as Amnesia: The Dark Descent, which is good, since Amnesia was pants-soilingly terrifying. The game is approximately five hours long, according to estimates given by the developers at E3 this year, and following its PC release, it will also come to PlayStation 4 sometime in 2014. You’ll be able to purchase it for $19.99.
The player is armed with little more than a simple night-vision camera (a mechanic that seems quite reminiscent of the lantern in Amnesia) which will probably factor into how visible the monsters of the game will be (the less you see of a monster, the scarier it is).
Founded in Montreal by industry veterans from game franchises such as Prince of Persia, Assassin’s Creed, Splinter Cell and Uncharted, Red Barrels is an indie game studio and Outcast is their very first title. The small ten-person team has apparently worked very hard to try and deliver the scariest experience they possibly can with this game.