The Outlast Trials: Canada’s Red Barrels guarantees users that the road to freedom will be longer than in the past. We can fight for our lives – even more than one at a time!
After several months of silence, the opening day of Gamescom 2021 finally gave us our first gameplay glimpse of the new instalment in Red Barrels‘ acclaimed horror saga, The Outlast Trials, which the developers say will be more like a TV series than a movie.
“This time, you can choose to stay alive with your friends. If the previous games could be compared to movies, The Outlast Trials is more like a TV series. The road to freedom will be a long one,” says Philippe Morin, the game’s designer, in an interview with PlayStation, explaining how the game differs from previous instalments.
In his conversation with the Japanese company, Morin emphasised the various challenges of the survival-horror game being enjoyed in the company of others. “Whether we’re playing alone or with friends, we want players to feel like they’re fighting for their lives and their right to freedom. But is freedom of the body possible without freedom of the mind?” explains the co-founder of Red Barrels.
Outlast Trials is also an improvement graphically, having opted for Unreal Engine 4 over the UE3 used in the first two instalments of the series. What remains unchanged is the artistic approach: “the approach used is the same as in the previous games… twisted realism, decadence and blood, in abundance”.
Outlast Trials will be available in 2022 on PC and consoles. It will encourage players to fight for their lives in a story where they are kidnapped by the Cold War Murkoff Corporation and subjected to unethical experiments that alter their psyche and behaviour.