Outlast 2 free demo released to make October scary again

If Outlast 2 is anything like its predecessor it's going to be more than enough game to scare the pants off of even the most stalwart adventure journalists, and thanks to developer Red Barrel Studio's love of all things scary fans and phantoms alike can now access the official game demo on all platforms for the entire month of Spooktober, along with a fresh batch of comic books exploring the inner workings of the Murkoff corporation before the events of the original Outlast.

Outlast 2 follows a similar formula to the original title, throwing an unfortunate camerman into a hellish nightmare, helpless aside from a camcorder equipped with limited night vision and the wits of the truly terrified. This time around the hero is Blake Langerman, who alongside his wife Lynn is investigating the death of a pregnant Jane Doe when the two are trapped in the Arizona desert far from anything friendly, the whole thing has a distinctly baptist come to the rapture tone with a bit more of a focus on open environments and rural communities in contrast to the original game's claustrophobic asylum settings.

You can learn more by checking out our hands-on impressions with the title.

Terror in the cornfield, on PC, PS4, and Xbox One

Outlast 2 was originally poised for a fall 2016 release, and for a horror title there are few launch windows as well timed as October to shell out a game about all things scary. Unfortunately it seemed that Red Barrel Studios was abandoning a perfect launch window to give the game a once over before it hit the mainstream market, delaying the game into early 2017.

“We want you to know that we listen to your feedback," Red Barrel said in the delay announcement, "we see your excitement and we know you care about our work. 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. “

Considering the number of unfinished or buggy games we've seen roll out in the last several years we can't fault the developers for wanting to make sure they're releasing a polished title. 

Originally released on Steam, Red Barrel Studios later announced that the demo would be coming to both PS4 and Xbox One, which means that no matter your platform of choice we can all experience the nightmares of the Nevada desert together. At least until November 1, when the demo is scheduled to end.