As I step into the demo area for Red Barrels game, Outlast, I leave behind the bright lights and noise of the PAX East show floor. I am alone, in a dark room, with the only light coming from the computer monitor before me. And for the next fifteen minutes I am Miles Upshur, an independent journalist investigating an abandoned insane asylum.
The asylum is locked but that doesn’t discourage me as I look for an alternate way into the building. I climb up some rickety scaffolding and make my way to an open window. I make my way out to the hallway and begin to search the offices that are nearby. For an asylum that has supposedly been long abandoned there seems to be an awful lot of stuff inside, including computers and telephones that are still powered on. It seems my tip was right, something is going on here.
I squeeze between a makeshift barricade of office furniture and progress a little further when I see something in the distance run quickly past. I lose sight of it but it had the shape of a person. I make my way into a room that resembles a library and am shocked by the dead body hanging from the ceiling. Despite expecting something of the sort, I still jump backwards a bit and yell out “Fuck me”. As I make my way through the library and come out the other side I make my way towards where I saw the movement before. I open the nearby door and a grotesque creature rushes at me, I’m off balance and fall over the balcony, knocking myself out.
I’m pretty groggy but I swear there is a doctor standing over me. He looks a little crazy and tells me I have a purpose here but before I can respond I pass out again.
When I come to I am in a basement. I can’t stay here, this place is fucked. I leave the room and head down the hallway. I get to a door and as I get ready to open it, the wood splinters as a giant grotesque behemoth bursts through. I run as fast as I can away from him and I end up in a dark room. I turn on my camera to give me some illumination and notice a door on the other side. I head over there and out into a hallway. I run and open the door at the end. The sense of relief I feel is immediately shattered as I open the door and the behemoth stands before me and then he grabs me and my world goes dark.
I feel a little tinge of disappointment as I rejoin the convention floor and see the people walking about oblivious to the horror experience Red Barrels have created with Outlast. I rarely get excited playing a pre-release game but as I walked from the booth I could only think about playing it some more. Fortunately I won’t have long to wait before I can get my hands on it again as Outlast will release this summer for PC on Steam.