Give up your freedom: Outlast Trials


Boidurjya Ganguly


Jun, 19.2020

If you’re a fan of survival horror games you’ve probably 2013’s Outlast. Developed and published by Red Barrels for the PC and all consoles with a relatively small budget Outlast really took the term survival horror literally and gave players an experience to literally die for or if you’re faint of heart to die from. The game revolves around a freelance investigative journalist, Miles Upshur, who decides to investigate a remote psychiatric hospital named Mount Massive Asylum, located deep in the mountains of Lake County, Colorado. 

What follows is nothing but absolute nightmare fuel. One of Outlasts’ greatest gameplay features was to not give the player any way to fight back against the crazed inmates of the asylum who have really good AI and chase you relentlessly once they notice you. It’s pretty much game over if they find you. All the player had was a camera with a limited number of batteries.

Outlast was truly a phenomenal horror experience with incredible sound design and a must for horror fans. It later got an expansion as a DLC called Outlast: Whistle-blower which served as a prequel to the story of Outlast and a sequel called Outlast 2 which was a pretty similar game in terms of gameplay but was set in a new environment with a new protagonist.  

With the new Outlast trials trailer we get a certain similarity to the first game with biological experiments, claustrophobic indoor environments and sinister characters to run from.Red Barrels co-founder David Chateauneuf in a press release said, “The world of Outlast is a true survival horror experience which aims to show that the most terrifying monsters of all come from the human mind… and Red Barrels! 

Whilst not a direct sequel to the other critically acclaimed Outlast titles in the series, The Outlast Trials will be set in the same thrilling universe: more precisely, right in the middle of the Cold War era. The Outlast Trials will allow players to face the horrors of the trials by themselves or cooperate with up to three other test subjects. After all, it’s always better to shit your pants with some friends! The Outlast Trials is still in the early stages of production and more news will be announced soon. Red Barrels has been working on developing the title for months and is now ramping up the production process.”

The trailer shows us the character has night vision goggles fused to their skull which could mean the gameplay is different this time i.e. the camera will not be present. It looks absolutely horrific and that’s all we can expect from an Outlast game. A release date has not been announced yet but it will come to the PC, PS4 and Xbox One. If you have not played the earlier Outlast titles, they are both available on Steam and now would be a good time to pick them up.