Red Barrels Gives Update on the Future of Outlast, and it Includes the Switch
Woah, that was… uh, sudden.
It’s been almost 6 months since Outlast 2 gave us nightmares, and we’ve been waiting with baited breath to see what’s next. Personally, I was expecting perhaps some DLC or maybe even a shorter stop-gap game made in the same engine (think Dead Rising 2: Case West), but apparently we’re not getting an Outlast sequel for a while. Developer Red Barrels issued a lengthy update as to the future of the series on their Facebook page today, detailing exactly what to expect from them. Sadly, DLC for Outlast 2 is not on the table. But that doesn’t mean we don’t have lots to look forward to!
It’s time for a little status update from us.
First off, we wanted to take a moment to thank all of you that have bought Outlast 2 and have been supporting the studio for more than 5 years now. Red Barrels was nothing more than a dream, but with a lot of blood, sweat and beers it has now become a small, fully independent studio with a kickass team who can work miracles.
We strive to create unique experiences and take risks. Hopefully, we’ll manage to entertain you for years to come.
About the future, many of you have been requesting a DLC. While the first Outlast was made with the idea of a DLC in mind, that was not the case for Outlast 2. We’ve considered many options, but none of them felt appropriate for a DLC. Outlast 2 was created to make you feel like a rat in a maze, without any knowledge of what’s outside the maze.
We will, at some point, make an Outlast 3 and answers will be given. You can also check out The Murkoff Account’s epilogue. It takes places right after the events of the second game and offers some insight into the events in the game. (https://redbarrelsgames.com/comic-books/)
Currently we’re working on something a lot of you have been asking for… It won’t be a sequel to Outlast or Outlast 2, but it will be a distinct experience set in the Outlast universe. We can’t say more right now, we first need to make sure we can make it work. Like I mentioned, we strive to be risk-takers and this one is a pretty big challenge. If all goes well, we’ll soon be able to reveal more.
In the meantime, the Outlast franchise will be released on the Nintendo Switch during the first quarter of 2018.
The Red Barrels Team
So… Outlast and Outlast 2 are coming to Nintendo Switch. I feel like that should’ve been… a bigger part of that announcement. I’m ecstatic, of course. As a recent Switch owner, a horror franchise as hardcore as Outlast gracing the system is amazing news. Coming so soon is even more insane. Although, nothing is quite as insane as the thought of seeing some of the shit in this series on a Nintendo handheld (penises, literal blood rain, and tons and tons and tons of dismemberment). But hey, we also got a… real weak sort of announcement for Outlast 3… as in of course it’s coming, and they acknowledge that. So that’s cool.
We’ll keep you up to date on the Switch versions of Outlast and Outlast 2 as we learn more.