Outlast is a series of first-person survival horror video games developed by Red Barrels. The plot centers around each game's protagonist trying to survive from a pursuing enemy whilst exploring poorly-lit environments with their camcorder and attempting to uncover the source behind the game's madness. Each title's core gameplay elements are identical to one another with slight variations between installments and a strong emphasis on stealth, scavenging for resources like batteries and bandages to replenish the player's health and light, as well as solving minor puzzles and locating crucial items in order to advance the story. Despite not having a continuous story, all games take place in the same universe.
All games are available on the following platforms: Microsoft Windows, Mac, Linux, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch, with the exception of Outlast 2's PC version only being available for Windows.
The following section lists Outlast titles and brief plot summary in order of their release.
- Main article: Outlast
Outlast takes place in the remote mountains of Colorado where horrors wait inside Mount Massive Asylum. A long abandoned home for the mentally ill, Mount Massive Asylum was recently re-opened by the “research and charity” branch of the transnational Murkoff Corporation, and has been operating in strict secrecy. Acting on a tip from an anonymous source, independent journalist Miles Upshur breaks into the facility and what he discovers walks a terrifying line between science, religion, nature and something else entirely. Once inside, his only hope of escape lies with the terrible truth at the heart of Mount Massive.
- Main article: Outlast: Whistleblower
Outlast: Whistleblower is a DLC that tells the story before and after the events of Outlast to show the final chapter in Mount Massive Asylum’s story. Players take on the role of Waylon Park, a software engineer under contract with Murkoff, who identifies with the poor souls housed in the facility. Fueled by his anger, the stage is set for the unmasking of Mount Massive’s rotten core.
Outlast: The Murkoff Account
- Main article: Outlast: The Murkoff Account
Outlast: The Murkoff Account is a six issue comic mini-series released on Red Barrels' official website for free in order to bridge the gap between the first two games' storylines. The story is centered around two of Murkoff's litigation officers, Paul Marion and Pauline Glick, collectively referred to as The Pauls and their shady dealings with the company.
- Main article: Outlast 2
Outlast 2 is a twisted new journey into the depths of the human mind and its dark secrets. Blake Langermann, a cameraman working with his wife Lynn, must take risks and dig deep to uncover the stories no one else will dare touch. As the two follow a trail of clues that started with the seemingly impossible murder of a pregnant woman known only as Jane Doe, the investigation leads them miles into the Arizona desert to 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.
The Outlast Trials
- Main article: The Outlast Trials
Set in the height of the Cold War era, players take on the role of test subjects abducted by the shadowy Murkoff Corporation. Imprisoned in a secret Murkoff facility, players will be thrust into a series of physical and mental ordeals, tormented by iconic characters, and challenged alone or in teams to survive with their sanity intact.
Outlast 3 was announced in December 2017 as a future concept, without a release date in mind. Instead, the development team would focus on an untitled separate game set in the shared Outlast universe, later revealed to be The Outlast Trials. According to Red Barrels, as it was not possible to include downloadable content within Outlast 2, the studio decided instead to work on a separate project that will include much-requested features, likely alluding to Trials' co-op mode.
Outlast 3 is set to enter pre-production once the work on The Outlast Trials has been completed.
Bundle of Terror
A bundle consisting of Outlast and its DLC story expansion, Outlast: Whistleblower, across all platforms. For a short time, Limited Run Games offered a physical copy of the bundle for the Nintendo Switch.
Outlast Trinity consists of the first three games: Outlast, Outlast: Whistleblower and Outlast 2. It is available as a digital bundle for PC users and as a physical collection for console players. Physical copies for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One were distributed by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment in partnership with Red Barrels and by Limited Run Games for the Nintendo Switch. Trinity's cover features each game's primary antagonist (from left to right): Richard Trager from Outlast, Eddie Gluskin from Outlast: Whistleblower and Sullivan Knoth from Outlast 2.
Murkoff Briefcase Edition
In partnership with Limited Run Games, Red Barrels offered a collector's edition for the Nintendo Switch. The Briefcase Edition was limited to 2,000 copies worldwide and contains the following items:
- Region free physical copies of Bundle of Terror and Outlast 2
- Two 18 x 24 inch reversible posters
- Outlast Series Official Soundtrack (Outlast OST and Outlast 2 OST)
- Dossier Case Files
- 128-Page Graphic Novel: The Murkoff Account
- A sleeve to hold both games