First-person survival horror game Outlast gets full trailer

Most horror games pit players against terrifying but dim-witted foes. Is anybody really scared of mindless zombies and demons any more? Independent developer Red Barrels is looking to shake up the genre with its first-person horror game Outlast, and it has an in-engine trailer ready to share.

The REC/Quarantine-style footage gives a creepy introduction to the plight of Miles Upshur, an investigative reporter checking out a supposedly abandoned lunatic asylum owned by a shady corporation. While that trailer was fully scripted, the game already has a playable tech demo made to secure a grant from the Canadian government.

Red Barrels was founded by three ex-Ubisoft and Naughty Dog developers, whose credits include the Assassin's Creed, Splinter Cell, and Uncharted franchises. Outlast is their first project as a studio, and it's currently slated for release on Steam in summer 2013.


  • RonnyLive19881 - October 31, 2012 12:53 p.m.

    ... looks like a boring version of ZombiU...
  • filipe-alves - October 31, 2012 5:43 p.m.

    oh really?
  • jake-shapiro - October 31, 2012 12:18 p.m.

    Sigh. Great graphics, but it looks pretty generic. Especially compared to the just-released trailer for A Machine for Pigs.
  • KA87 - October 31, 2012 11:23 a.m.

    If I were the government, I think I would have torched this place instead of leaving for some random guy to find and put on 60 Minutes. Also, if this place had been abandoned since the 1970's, then why are military bodies with modern gear?
  • The_King_of_Nothing - October 31, 2012 2:11 p.m.

    Abandoned doesn't mean never visited by anyone else on the planet. It means the people who were in charge just upped and left it and never bothered to clean it up. Others could have easily explored there and met an untimely death.
  • bass88 - October 31, 2012 12:40 p.m.

    Even Monopoly money?
  • robertpopovic - October 31, 2012 10:02 a.m.

    Despite looking pretty unoriginal (I thought of Fear 1, Dementium: the Ward among games) I did like the atmosphere. Might check it out by the time it comes out. Though I hope it'll be more of a survival game rather than an action game (as all the dead soldiers would suggest be possible).
  • bass88 - October 31, 2012 9:01 a.m.

    Could be fun but judging by the trailer it won't be scary. Cliche soundtrack, stock experimental human monster and in your face action as opposed to being quietly stalked by a malicious bastard. Here's a thought. Why not set a game in an abandoned insane asylum from the 17th century. A bunch of kids sneak in to shoot some spook show but find out that not all the inmates were removed. Some remained, interbred and their offspring and offsprings' offspring adapted to the dark. They've been feeding on small animals mostly but developed a taste for human flesh after catching a few homeless people. And right now, they are very hungry.
  • SentientSquidMachine - October 31, 2012 9:19 a.m.

    I hear the Canadian government is giving away grant money; you should write them a letter. Kidding aside though, you should write a book. You have a good idea.
  • db1331 - October 31, 2012 8:43 a.m.

    Just further proof that you should never, under any circumstances, go into an abandoned insane asylum. Nothing good ever comes from it.
  • Druupwnz - October 31, 2012 8:41 a.m.

    Well. If that wasn't the most goddamn creepy thing to watch fresh out of bed in the morning.

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