Outlast 2: 2017 is slated to be an exciting year for gamers all around, but it looks like the rewards will not be reserved solely for the action loving section of the community. This year will see a substantial number of releases in the horror genre as well, and Outlast 2 will stand out for all the right reasons despite not being the only horror game playable from the first person perspective coming out early this year.
The sequel to 2013’s Outlast was announced back in late 2014, but while horror games series tend to become a little warped by repetition, creators Red Barrels assured fans that the new game would have several departures in terms of the story. However, Outlast 2 will still retain a few of the tropes that were utilized in the first game. Going by what we have seen so far, Outlast 2 will retain its predecessor’s use of the video camera to scout around creepy places, and it still looks as gritty as the original (which makes sense). But the similarities stop there. Let’s see, then, what makes the upcoming game stand out from the rest of the titles that belong to a similar genre.
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Outlast 2 Story
Plot: Like the first game in the series, the protagonist of Outlast 2 is also an investigative journalist. But the new playable character will have a lot more to lose on his quest. Outlast 2 will focus on the story of Blake Langermann, who along with his wife embark on a mission to uncover the truth behind the mysterious unsolved murder of a nameless pregnant woman. While records state that she had committed suicide in the facility where she was previously admitted, she was reportedly found murdered on the roads before that. However, things go awfully awry as Blake’s party are forced to crash land somewhere in the middle of the vast deserts of Arizona. Blake’s wife, Lynn, goes missing and he goes on in search of her. But in his quest for her, he encounters a dangerous cult that seeks to awaken something dark and nasty.
Setting: Outlast 2’s events take place some time after what happened at Mount Massive. But this time around, players will find themselves stranded in a dark desert surrounded by mysterious entities. While the setting will be just as dark and creepy in the new game, replete with dilapidated structures and corn fields, expect it to be peppered with all kinds of symbols. According to the creators, Outlast 2 will utilize a number of religious symbols that will toy with the idea of just how dangerous religion can become when taken to the level of obsession.
Outlast 2 Features and Gameplay
Skills: While we will have a new protagonist in Outlast 2, many of his traits will be similar to Upshur. Like Upshur, he is also merely a journalist and does not have the physical capacity to fight and take down dangerous enemies. He also reminds us a little of Ethan of Resident Evil 7: Biohazard, but while Ethan will have access to some of the traditional items that assist players in the Resident Evil games, so far it looks like Ethan is on his own. Blake’s most notable skills in Outlast 2 are running and hiding (in barrels or closets or anywhere he can fit), and crouching behind objects to avoid detection, but even these have their limitations.
Perspective: Outlast 2 may be a first-person perspective title, but it is far from being a traditional one. This is because of the fact that players will have to rely on Blake’s fuzzy vision (for which he needs to wear corrective lenses) to navigate through the moonlit landscapes. On another realistic note, the character has to resort to the night vision mode on his video camera to find his way through the dark.
Tools: There are no significant weapons for the player to use in Outlast 2 except for pickaxes and knives. The only things that we must keep on ourselves at all times are Blake’s glasses and his video camera. Blake is primarily a cameraman, so the unit that he has on him is equipped with some significant features that the players will find useful. The recording on the camera is much clearer than what you saw in the last game, and you will be able to zoom in to see things that are too distant to see otherwise. It also has an improved audio detection feature that will help you catch distant sounds more clearly. However, you have to keep in mind that repeated use of the camera to navigate around will make it run out of juice pretty quickly, and you will need to power up by finding spare batteries. These can be found while scouting around the areas. The lack of glasses or batteries will significantly reduce the player’s chances of survival in the game.
Upgraded AI: Red Barrels has stated that the new game will feature more improved enemy AI. This not only means that evading the enemy in the new game will be far more difficult, but also that their patterns will greatly differ from the first game making Outlast 2 a very different experience from the first game.
Mechanics: Everything that you do in the game will have an impact on the gameplay. For instance, if Blake’s glasses are lost when he, say, falls down, the player’s vision will become significantly blurry. The camera too can run out of power if you do not recharge it when necessary, in which case you will have no way to navigate through the pitch dark locations. There are people who are constantly on the hunt for Blake, so he will need to run frequently. But the mechanism is worked in a way that it will diminish the more you use it. There is a host of other limitations as well, and Blake’s inability to fight back efficiently means that players will be left nearly helpless in dire situations. Unlike Ethan, he will not have access to guns or other arms that can help him beat the enemy.
Another thing that sets Outlast 2 apart from Resident Evil 7: Biohazard is that there is no VR mode. The creators have asserted that as that was not part of the plan during the beginning of development, the feature’s inclusion at a later stage could affect the game undesirably. But by the looks of it, we don’t think there will be any lack of scares in the more traditional gameplay style of Outlast 2. If you don’t believe us, take a look at the video below.
Outlast 2 Trailer
Red Barrels gave us the first look at the game in 2015. The video focuses on a burning cross while a man’s voice speaks in the background in the manner of a preacher, but far more ominously. The cross slowly moves into the distance to show that the burning cross is actually planted upside down. At the end, the fire goes out to reveal several pairs of glowing eyes in the background. The description that comes with the video reads: “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”.
Watch the trailer below.
For those who have not got a chance to play out the demo that was released last year, you can watch the gameplay footage below.
Outlast 2 System Requirements
Outlast 2 will come out sometime during the first quarter of 2017, and from the looks of it, the new game is not aiming for a great deal of graphical sophistication in order to retain the gritty horror feel. Going by that, the PC specs needed for Outlast 2 will probably not be very high. It’s also possible that not much will change from the requirements of the 2013 original. Check out the probable specs listed below to see if your PC can run Outlast 2 properly. But with the release date closing in on us, we hope to hear about the official requirements soon. We’ll update this section as the relevant news comes in.
|Minimum Requirements||Recommended Requirements|
|Operating System||Windows Xp 32-Bit and above||Windows 7 64-Bit and above|
|Processor||Intel Celeron E1500 Dual-Core @ 2.2GHz||Intel Core i5-760 @ 2.8GHz|
|Graphics||AMD Radeon HD 3870, OR, |
NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GTX
|AMD Radeon HD 6850, OR, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460|
|DirectX||DirectX 10||DirectX 10|
Outlast 2 Release Date
|Outlast||September 4, 2013 (PC)
February 4, 2014 (PS4)
June 19, 2014 (Xbox One)
|Outlast: Whistleblower DLC||May 6, 2014 (PC)
May 6, 2014 (PS4)
June 18, 2014 (Xbox One)
|Outlast 2||March, 2017 (tentative)|
Outlast 2 was earlier slated for a 2016 launch, but that was postponed due to developmental issues. As of now, the game is slated for release on April 25, 2017, the same day CI Games’ much awaited FPS Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3 is scheduled to come out (fingers crossed on this latter one). Upon release, Outlast 2 will be playable on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. You can either get the digital copy for any of these platforms, or opt to get the Outlast Trinity collection if you haven’t played the last two games (Outlast and Whistleblower).
While there will be no dearth of horror titles releasing in 2017, we are definitely looking forward to Outlast 2 for its smart implementation of first person mechanics and its minimalistic yet evidently effective design. Let us know why you think this one will be a great game in the comments below.