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Outlast Announced

Indie developer Red Barrels announces Outlast, a survival/horror game coming to Windows via digital distribution next year from a team comprised of developers who have worked on franchises like Assassin's Creed, Splinter Cell, Uncharted, and more. Here are some images, here's a trailer, and here's the announcement:

In the remote mountains of Colorado, horrors wait inside Mount Massive Asylum. A long-abandoned home for the mentally ill, recently re-opened by the “research and charity” branch of the transnational Murkoff Corporation, has been operating in strict secrecy… until now.

Acting on a tip from an inside source, independent journalist Miles Upshur breaks into the facility, and what he discovers walks a terrifying line being science and religion, nature and something else entirely. Once inside, his only hope of escape lies with the terrible truth at the heart of Mount Massive.

Founded in Montreal by industry veterans from some of the biggest game franchises in history, including Prince of Persia, Assassin’s Creed, Splinter Cell, and Uncharted, Red Barrels is an independent game studio focused on creating unforgettable single-player games. Outlast is their first title, a true survival-horror experience which aims to show that the most terrifying monsters of all come from the human mind. Outlast will be coming to PC digital download in 2013.

“There are already a lot of great games out there about terrifying monsters that eat brains; we want Outlast’s to be scary because you’ll know the enemies you face still have them,” said Philippe Morin, co-founder of Red Barrels.

“Our team has a lot of previous experience creating big, blockbuster games,” said co-founder David Chateauneuf. “We’re all really excited to see what kind of fear-based emotional rollercoaster we can build on our own!”

When asked for comment, a spokesperson for the Murkoff Corporation responded: “Murkoff does not comment on speculation and rumors, especially ones started by conspiracy theorists and urban myth chasers.”

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10. Re: Outlast Announced Oct 19, 2012, 02:32 mag
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Oct 18, 2012, 06:10:
Is it just me, or are these games just not scary anymore? Doom 3 when it came out, with full blown surround sound was scary as hell, or at least it was not entirely bland and dull.

Offhand, the only games I can name that were scary were (few) parts of Dead Space, Doom 3 (when that came out and you had 5.1 sound, the experience was nerve wrecking), the water in that.. ehm, what was it's name..... Amnesia.. heh, besides that 1 scene the game was so bland I can't even remember the name without checking steam... and what else? Nothing. Resident Evil hasn't been scary for decades. And the blair witch project style stuff is cute to watch but scary? It is moody, but not scary.

Undying had its moments.
System Shock 2 did, too.
 
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9. Re: Outlast Announced Oct 18, 2012, 09:57 Cutter
 
Shalebridge fucking Cradle!
 
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8. Re: Outlast Announced Oct 18, 2012, 09:34 eRe4s3r
 
Ah that's right, but only thing the "ring" style scares do for me is wanting to cuddle the girl. Can't help it, cute girls no matter how insane they may be = not scary.  
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7. Re: Outlast Announced Oct 18, 2012, 07:38 dj LiTh
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Oct 18, 2012, 06:10:
Is it just me, or are these games just not scary anymore? Doom 3 when it came out, with full blown surround sound was scary as hell, or at least it was not entirely bland and dull.

Offhand, the only games I can name that were scary were (few) parts of Dead Space, Doom 3 (when that came out and you had 5.1 sound, the experience was nerve wrecking), the water in that.. ehm, what was it's name..... Amnesia.. heh, besides that 1 scene the game was so bland I can't even remember the name without checking steam... and what else? Nothing. Resident Evil hasn't been scary for decades. And the blair witch project style stuff is cute to watch but scary? It is moody, but not scary.

My favorite 'Oh Shit' moment was in Fear 1, looking up the ladder, nothing there, climbing up the ladder, then at the top that 'Ring' looking girl....ya that got me good.
 
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6. Re: Outlast Announced Oct 18, 2012, 06:10 eRe4s3r
 
Is it just me, or are these games just not scary anymore? Doom 3 when it came out, with full blown surround sound was scary as hell, or at least it was not entirely bland and dull.

Offhand, the only games I can name that were scary were (few) parts of Dead Space, Doom 3 (when that came out and you had 5.1 sound, the experience was nerve wrecking), the water in that.. ehm, what was it's name..... Amnesia.. heh, besides that 1 scene the game was so bland I can't even remember the name without checking steam... and what else? Nothing. Resident Evil hasn't been scary for decades. And the blair witch project style stuff is cute to watch but scary? It is moody, but not scary.
 
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5. Re: Outlast Announced Oct 18, 2012, 05:51 jacobvandy
 
If you want to see bandwagon-ing, look at Slender and all those "walk through a dark forest and get screamed at" indie games.  
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4. Re: Outlast Announced Oct 18, 2012, 04:37 Flatline
 
Jerykk wrote on Oct 18, 2012, 00:56:
Eh, it's a bit premature to call it a wagon. Survival horror games are still pretty rare these days.

*Good* survival horror games are rare.
 
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3. Re: Outlast Announced Oct 18, 2012, 03:14 Cutter
 
I always love the asylum setting for horror. This could be good.
 
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2. Re: Outlast Announced Oct 18, 2012, 00:56 Jerykk
 
Eh, it's a bit premature to call it a wagon. Survival horror games are still pretty rare these days.  
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1. Re: Outlast Announced Oct 17, 2012, 22:43 MajorD
 

Hmmmm, it looks to have good potential. With the success of Frictional Games' Amnesia: The Dark Descent (and Penumbra: Black Plague), everyone seems to be jumping on the 'Survival Horror' wagon. It is all great, I'm not complaining, but so far, Frictional Games does it best IMHO.

I'll be keeping my eyes on this one though.....

 
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