The folks at Red Barrels, which is composed of a group of ex-Ubisoft developers, have been hard at work constructing a game that genuinely horrifies it’s players. Outlast is being showcased at PAX East this year and some people are finding the scares to be more than they can handle. There are reports of people bolting out mid-demo, others crawling out unhealthily pale, and one guy who almost destroyed the entire booth in a fit of panic. Pretty impressive for a demo being showcased at a convention with thousands of people. They’ve recently released an extended trailer that demonstrates exactly how and why this game will scare you.[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4x3oJQ6uUA8]
Outlast is another prime example of how simplicity creates primal fear. There are no weapons to be found in this terrifying adventure, you are simply armed with a night vision camera and the ability to run. You are helpless and this sense of helplessness mutates into fear. It’s not Resident Evil or Dead Space, where firearms and ammunition fall from the sky. No, in Outlast you are a writer who decides to venture into the depths of an abandoned insane asylum in an attempt to uncover a conspiracy that dates all the way back to the 1930’s.
I’m a sucker for a well-crafted horror game. Nothing compares to the surge of adrenaline you get from a good scare. I will be following this game pretty closely, so look forward to more news very soon.