The next Outlast game has been announced – and it’s co-op

The Outlast Trials will also give players the option to play co-op

Multiplayer is headed to the world of survival-horror game Outlast, with a new instalment called The Outlast Trials. Just announced by developer-publisher Red Barrels, the game isn’t a “direct sequel” to previous Outlast games, but will let you team up with up to three pals to take on trials in the same universe – “more precisely, right in the middle of the Cold War era.”

Players in the game, Red Barrels reveals, will be “test subjects,” which means you’ll be taking part in some kind of experiment – though it’s not yet clear what this might be. “Our team is hard at work creating a new experience that will bring fear and anxiety to millions of players,” studio co-founder David Chateauneuf says, “whether they go through the experiments alone or with friends.”

So, you’ll be able to take on the game as a single-player or co-op experience – a bit of a new direction for the series, which has so far seen players take on its horrors solo.

The studio says the game is still in the early stages of development, so it doesn’t look like we’ll get to jump in for a while yet, but it does say that more news on The Outlast Trials will arrive soon. Chateauneuf says that with proof of concept now sorted, “it is time focus on content creation, variety… and gore.”

The last game in the series, Outlast 2, was released in April 2017. It takes players into a village called Temple Gate in Arizona as character Blake Langermann, who has to survive a dangerous cult that believes the world is coming to an end.