Outlast dropped in unannounced back in 2013 and continued what Amnesia started a few years earlier. The horror was not only back, but it was popular. It gripped youtubers by storm and caused large studios to pay attention. It could be said that if it were not for Amnesia, Outlast and P.T. – Resident Evil 7 would not have happened the way it did.
We finally have a launch date for the sequel, developed by Red Barrels. There is no word on the pricing yet, but we know that the sequel, dubbed Outlast 2, will also come out in the Outlast Trinity collection. This collection will include the original Outlast, its expansion Outlast: Whistleblower and the upcoming Outlast 2. Depending on the price, this might be a great option for those who still have not played the original.
Outlast 2 will feature a new character in a new setting. The insane asylum will be changed fo a Sonoran desert area of Arizona. Blake Langermann, the protagonist, is a freelance journalist, investigating a murder of a pregnant woman, with his wife. The couple are separated at the beginning and Langermann must brave the night and a backwater town cult, while armed with only an advanced camera. Night vision was one of the staples of the first game, helping you move through dark areas, but also limiting your vision. The interesting mechanic is that Langermann wears glasses. They can fall off and limit your vision even further.
It is interesting to see Outlast moving to rural America for inspiration, as we have seen Resident Evil do just recently. It is great to see sequels of different games influencing and playing off each other.
The game will be available on PS4, Xbox One and PC from April 25.