Where other horror franchises have evolved and changed, Outlast has kept the survival horror genre on its toes since the original release back in 2014. And in doing so, has carved a name for itself as one of the pinnacle survival horror games of recent times. Today’s announcement see’s the series itself evolve into a 4-player co-operative experience with the news that The Outlast Trials is currently in development.

I played the first Outlast game and lasted about ten minutes before cowering in a corner, so the thought of having friends help you through the trauma is a brilliant idea. And as the press release states “it’s always better to shit your pants with some friends!”. Amen to that.

Thankfully though, if your screams are best left unheard, The Outlast Trials still promises a full single-player mode.

“We are proud to reveal the title and the first image of the game to our great community and fans,” said David Chateauneuf, Red Barrels co-founder. “Our team is hard at work creating a new experience that will bring fear and anxiety to millions of players, whether they go through the experiments alone or with friends.”

The Outlast Trials is not a direct sequel, so those expecting Outlast 3 will need to hold on. But The Outlast Trials is set in the same universe and timezone, more precisely right in the middle of the Cold War era, so will feel familiar to existing fans. Development has been going on for a few months, and production is ramping up. For now, all we have is a teaser image to satiate horror fans, but more details are promised soon. Maybe a trailer at The Game Awards on 12th December? Horror fans will have a lot to look forward to at that awards ceremony, with news expected of the Resident Evil 3 remake too, currently the worst kept secret in gaming (excluding Fable 4).

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“Now we’ve done our proof of concept, it is time focus on content creation, variety… and gore” adds Chateauneuf.

Pure speculation now, but could the people in the above image be patients at Mount Massive Asylum – judging from the numbers on their shirts – and are attempting a breakout. What do you guys think? Hit us up in the comments and stay tuned for further details!

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