The Outlast Trials won't be in VR, but it looks like it will very likely be a 4-player co-op experience set in the Cold War.

Outlast Series Shifting Gears With The Outlast Trials

The Outlast Trials won't be in VR, but it looks like it will very likely be a 4-player co-op experience set in the Cold War.

We knew horror team Red Barrels was up to something after a job posting came online back in April. But exactly what was coming wasn’t clear at the time.

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Despite the lack of concrete info, the strength of the Outlast series led us to preemptively name the upcoming Red Barrels mystery release one our of most anticipated horror games of 2020

After much speculation, we finally know what’s out next from Red Barrels. The Outlast Trials was officially announced today and is set in the same universe as Outlast. However, The Outlast Trials will shift locations and time frames from the other games in the Outlast horror game series. 

Red Barrels repeatedly specified in a release that the game is not a VR title, as the goggles in the promo image might have implied.

The development crew also went out of their way to reiterate on social media that The Outlast Trials isn’t Outlast 3, indicating a different gameplay style will be employed with the new title.

Since the game will “allow players to face the horrors that await by themselves or with fellow test subjects,” it would appear this new entry in the series will be a co-op title. Perhaps it will be a new entry in the asymmetrical horror sub-genre, similar to games like Dead by Daylight or Friday the 13th. 

Additionally, the Cold War setting means it’s unlikely we’ll be using handheld cameras like in the previous two games, Outlast and Outlast 2. However, there isn’t much to currently go on. 

Red Barrels co-founder David Chateauneuf said of the game:

Now we’ve done our proof of concept, it is time focus on content creation, variety… and gore. Get ready.

As of this writing, there is no official release date for The Outlast Trials or even a vague release window. However, it is worth noting Red Barrels has aimed for Halloween release dates with previous Outlast titles.

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more news and information on The Outlast Trials as it develops. 

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Ty splits his time between writing horror fiction and writing about video games. After 25 years of gaming, Ty can firmly say that gaming peaked with Planescape Torment, but that doesn't mean he doesn't have a soft spot for games like Baldur's Gate, Fallout: New Vegas, Bioshock Infinite, and Horizon: Zero Dawn. He has previously written for GamerU and MetalUnderground. He also writes for PortalMonkey covering gaming laptops and peripherals.