The sequel to spooky survival-horror game Outlast has been delayed until next year. Originally intended for release this autumn, Outlast 2 is now set to launch in Q1 2017.
The news came via the game’s official Facebook page, where developer Red Barrels thanked audiences for their patience, feedback and enthusiasm for the game so far:
“We want you to know that we listen to your feedback, we see your excitement and we know you care about our work.” the studio said. “Our mission as an indie studio is to deliver to you the best, most terrifying, most fulfilling experiences possible. That’s why we’re taking just a little bit more time to make sure our vision for Outlast 2 is in no way compromised and is the experience you deserve.”
The developer continued, “This is not the type of news we ever want to deliver, but we are so fully committed to the world we’ve built and to our awesome community that we could not, in good conscience, release a game who’s limits haven’t been tested to the extreme.
“Thank you for understanding. We promise Outlast 2 will scare the crap out of you.”
Outlast 2 follows Blake Langermann, a cameraman who delves into the mysterious murder of a pregnant woman of unknown identity, with his journalist wife Lynn. Whilst the original Outlast focused on the eerie interior of Mount Massive Asylum, the follow-up will send players out into the Arizona Desert, to uncover “a darkness so deep that no one could shed light upon it, and a corruption so profound that going mad may be the only sane thing to do.”
With a tantalising premise and a newly open setting, it certainly sounds as if fans of heart-pumping horror will be in their element in Outlast 2. Whilst the teaser overlooks a burning crucifix in an open cornfield, demos have evoked a similarly religious tone, overlooking dishevelled shacks lined with death, and foreboding farmyards littered with murderous cultists.