Outlast is a survival-horror game that garnered plenty of attention at this year’s E3. The game was notable for giving floor attendees a harrowing and terrifying experience when playing through the demo. Its gameplay and atmosphere earned the game plenty of accolades and awards during the convention. People also praised the game on smart and immersive sound design. Outlast was not only notable for its gameplay, but also for being part of Sony’s We Love Devs section that showed off exciting new indie titles making their console debuts on PlayStation 4.
In the game, players take control of investigative reporter Miles Upshur. Upshur receives an anonymous tip about shady dealings at Mount Massive Asylum. Mount Massive Asylum was an abandoned home for the mentally ill located in the isolated mountains of Colorado. The Murkoff Corporation’s Research and Charity branch recently re-opened Mount Massive Asylum. Despite being re-opened no one knew what the new Mount Massive Asylum had been doing.
Thanks to Upshur’s source, players will have to investigate the mysterious Mount Massive Asylum and figure out exactly what is happening. Miles decides to break into the Asylum unprepared and finds a bloody crime scene. This gruesome scene is only a portent of the horrors that Upshur will uncover as he ventures deeper into the bowels of Mount Massive. Outlast promises to take Upshur on a journey where he explores the line between science and religion and other philosophical issues (you know, journalist stuff).
Red Barrels is a small independent studio comprised of former Ubisoft employees that want to deliver downloadable titles providing players with unique experiences. Philippe Morin, David Chateauneuf and Hugo Dallaire co-founded the studio.
Morin was a game designer on Prince of Persia: Sands of Time, Assassin’s Creed and Uncharted. Cahteauneuf was a lead level designer on Sands of Time, Assassin’s Creed and Splinter Cell: Conviction, and Dallaire was art director on Splinter Cell and Army of Two. The rest of the Montreal-based team is rounded out with veterans with different experience in the industry.
Survival-horror fans will have a chance to play Outlast on Steam this September, while it will make an appearance on PS4 in 2014.