Outlast 2 Delayed to Make Sure It's "the Experience You Deserve"
Outlast 2 has been postponed to provide more time for polish.
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The original Outlast was an indie hit, receiving many favorable reviews when it launched back in 2013. Its success convinced developer Red Barrels to start work on a sequel, which was planned for release at the end of this year. However, the studio announced today that it has delayed the launch of Outlast 2 until the beginning of next year.
In a post on Facebook, Red Barrels explained that the decision was not easy, but the studio simply could not ensure that the game would be ready in the previously announced timeframe. Although Red Barrels shared few details about the exact reasons behind the delay, the post implies that the additional time will be used to further polish Outlast 2.
"We want you to know that we listen to your feedback, we see your excitement and we know you care about our work," the studio wrote. "Our mission as an indie studio is to deliver to you the best, most terrifying, most fulfilling experiences possible. That's why we're taking just a little bit more time to make sure our vision for Outlast 2 is in no way compromised and is the experience you deserve."
The post also explains that the game needs more testing, stating, "This is not the type of news we ever want to deliver, but we are so fully committed to the world we've built and to our awesome community that we could not, in good conscience, release a game [whose] limits haven't been tested to the extreme."
We were able to go hands-on with Outlast 2 earlier this year, and came away impressed. You can read our preview here. You can also check out our E3 2016 interview with Outlast creator Philippe Morin.