It’s October, and that means it’s socially acceptable to shroud yourself in all things scary and disturbing. If you prefer to entertain fears via your gaming console, good news: Outlast 2 has a new demo that can be downloaded for free on Steam, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 until November 1. The demo went live a handful of hours ago on the PlayStation Store and Microsoft Store, as well as Steam, of course, as an unexpected surprise for fans.
Game demos like this aren’t uncommon — we recently got one for the upcoming Resident Evil game, for example, and there was that Silent Hills ‘playable trailer’ that got pulled — but unlike some of them, the Outlast II demo is only available for a limited time. If you’re a PlayStation 4 owner, you can get it here; if you’re an Xbox One owner, here; and if you’re a Steam user, here.
This game, obviously, is the sequel to the original Outlast title; according to the studio behind it, the game is set in the same universe as the original Outlast, but you’ll be seeing different characters and a different setting within it. The maker teases that its upcoming title will take gamers on a ‘twisted new journey into the depths of the human mind and its dark secrets.’
In the trailer, you’ll be playing as cameraman Blake Langermann alongside your in-game wife, Lynn. Both of you are a pair of investigative journalists, and as such you’re on the hunt, following clues that may lead to the secrets behind the murder of a pregnant woman dubbed “Jane Doe.” It seems at this point, you’ve been led into the Arizona desert somewhere, and in it you’ll discover corruption and darkness that threatens your sanity.