Outlast 2 demo available for Xbox One, PS4 and PC

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.

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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.