The first trailer for Outlast 2 has arrived, giving a release date of Autumn next year for Red Barrels’ sequel to their highly successful scream-like-a-Youtuber ’em up. Before you go rushing ahead with dreams of gameplay footage, plot details or, er, anything other than ominous voice over and burning crosses, be warned it is the teaseriest of teaser trailers.
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The video description provides scant extra information:
“No conflict is ever black and white. But once the dust has settled, the victors get to decide who was right and who was wrong. Who is good and who is evil. Human nature pushes us to extremes of violence and depravity, which we then justify by divine inspiration and a promise of paradise to come. Horror rises from desperation and blind faith. OUTLAST 2 will test your faith, pushing players to a place where going mad is the only sane thing to do.”
With the cross-burning motif, I’m wondering if there’s a racism angle to the plot and setting this time around. Which, well, I’m not saying it’s impossible to make a good horror game with those themes, but it would be an incredibly thin and tricky line to walk. It’s possible that’s not the direction they’re taking it in, of course, and it’s more centered around religion, as the above would suggest.
I rather enjoyed the first game, despite my capacity to be scared of anything that makes sudden movement, like a particularly wired cat. It definitely wasn’t the most original horror of all time, but it hit the formula perfectly, mixing jump scares with conspiracy, creeping terror and lots of running away. I never tried the Whistleblower DLC that was released slightly later, as I was washing my hair that day and definitely not because I was full of fear. Anyone out there played it?
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