Players who might have been wanting another survival horror title on the Nintendo Switch are in luck. A Nintendo Switch version of Outlast, Red Barrel Studio’s groundbreaking survival horror title, was released yesterday. The game was originally released in 2013, and has now made the jump to Nintendo’s newest console.
While Outlast isn’t necessarily the sort of game that one would anticipate being on a Nintendo console, considering the reception it got when it was originally released, Nintendo might want to pad out its library with everything it can get its hands on.
Outlast tells the story of an investigative reporter called Miles Upshur, who comes to the Mount Massive Asylum to investigate reports of mistreatment of patients by the staff. Upon entering the asylum he comes across scenes of carnage and mayhem, and must now find a way to escape while avoiding homicidal patients and avoiding the mysterious entity known as the Walrider.
The game received a great deal of praise for its atmosphere, gameplay, and horror elements, and the buss around both it and its sequel might have been the reason why Nintendo wanted a Switch version of Outlast.
The addition of the game to the Switch’s library is somewhat puzzling, however, especially considering that Nintendo had previously denied a Binding of Isaac game a spot on the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U’s game list due to it supposedly not fitting with the console’s values. Nintendo might have relaxed its standards in the year since then, which would allow such a grisly horror game to be put onto the console.
The Outlast “Bundle of Terror” comes both with the original Outlast story and its DLC expansion “Outlast: Whistleblower”, both bundled together for $19.99. While there’s no mention of Outlast 2 being ported over to the console, if the original Outlast does well enough we may see it eventually.
So, if you’ve been looking for a good horror game on the Switch, the Nintendo Switch version of Outlast may be for you.