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Outlast 2 patches down the difficulty by reducing battery consumption

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Outlast 2 released on April 25 to mostly positive reviews. The sequel to one of 2013’s best sleeper hits takes the series out of the asylum and into north Arizona, with a distinctly hillbilly vibe to the proceedings. However, not all of the comments have been positive and developers Red Barrels have addressed some of these issues in a patch released yesterday.

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One of the main complaints was the sheer difficulty of the game. The ‘found footage’ style of gameplay, one of the main quirks of the series, requires the player to look through a camera in order to utilise its night-vision capabilities and see enemies in the dark. Of course, this uses up battery power which has to be replenished regularly. With many players complaining that the battery drained too quickly, Red Barrels have now tweaked things to ensure that the camera’s microphone, which is used to locate enemies through walls, no longer uses extra batteries.

On their Steam community page, the horror devs clarified their intentions by stating that the patch “introduces some minor adjustments to the game’s difficulty in key areas and moments. On Normal difficulty this will offer players a more appropriately balanced experience while still maintaining higher levels of challenge on Hard and Nightmare difficulties.” There were also a fair few standard bug fixes and minor alterations.

Outlast 2 can be acquired on Steam for $29.99/£22.99. For a more detailed run-down of the update, head on over to the patch notes.

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CygnusBlack Avatar
10 Months ago

It would have been awesome if the franchise sported weapons. A hammer or any other melee option would suffice.

Ben Burns Avatar
10 Months ago

...or a kitten cannon.

jon_hill987 Avatar
10 Months ago

I never got just how quickly these batteries die. A modern 3C Maglite, 79hrs. 79! Hours! Now the old bulb ones were about 10 times less efficient, but that still gives you 8 hours of continuous use. It makes more sense in the games where they swap it to a video camera but even then, the /shortest/ length of recording time I have seen on one battery is 45min, most are much longer because lets face it no one is going to buy a camcorder withe a battery life as short as the ones seen in video games.