Outlast 2 (stylized as OULASTII) is a first-person psychological horror survival video game created and published by Red Barrels. In this sequel to the 2013 video game Outlast, a journalist called Blake Langermann and his wife Lynn go through the Arizona desert to investigate the death of a pregnant woman only known as Jane Doe.
Both are separated in a helicopter crash, and Blake must search for his wife while going through a town where a crazy sect believes the world is ending.
Soon after Outlast’s release and success, Red Barrels announced the sequel. Following that, a playable demo was released on April 22 and June 15 at PAX East and E3 2016, respectively, with an Autumn 2016 release date announced.
Following production delays, the game was finally released on April 25, 2017 for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. On March 27, 2018, the Nintendo Switch version was launched on the Nintendo eShop.
The game garnered largely positive reviews when it was first published, with praise for the graphics, sound design, and atmosphere. The fundamental plot, context-sensitive gameplay design, gore, and difficulty were all panned.
The third installment of the series, The Outlast Trials, will be released in 2022.
Outlast 2, like its predecessors Outlast and Outlast: Whistleblower, is a single-player first-person survival horror game. It takes place in the northern part of Arizona. The found-footage features from the original game are carried over into the sequel.
The player assumes control of Blake Langermann, an investigative journalist researching a run-down rural settlement in Supai, on the Colorado Plateau’s western edge.
Langermann can only fight when it is convenient for him, thus he must flee and hide from Temple Gate’s many hostile members.
The player can crouch, run, jump, saunter, vault, slide, and climb in lockers, barrels, closets, beds, pools of water, tall grass, cornfields, and inside of houses, much like in the original game. Because he has a low stamina meter, the player must keep track of how long he runs in order to prevent being tired and slowing down.
Langermann only has a night vision camcorder, yet using night vision drains the camcorder’s batteries as well. In comparison to the original game, Langermann’s status as a cameraman means he possesses a more advanced camera with sharper film, zoom, and a sensitive microphone that can detect distant footsteps and other noises.
The player has an inventory system that shows how much footage has been recorded on the camera and what they currently have in their possession. Throughout the game, spare batteries for the camcorder and healing medkits can be located.
The Ending’s Explanation
For the last time, Blake loses his mind. His horrific experiences and microwave brainwashing messages have wrecked him. The signal is accepted by him.
It’s still unknown what happened to the baby or if it was just a light trick. Maybe this is exactly what Blake was hoping to see. “There’s nothing there,” Lynn says before dying, hinting that there was never a child.
She’d spent the majority of the game in the mines, 800 feet below earth, where the brainwashing signal was weaker. Blake and Knoth, on the other hand, were above ground for the majority of the time and do see the child, which could be a hallucination created by prolonged microwave exposure.
Blake Langermann works as an assistant cameraman for his wife Lynn, an investigative journalist investigating the death of a pregnant adolescent known only as Jane Doe.
After being hit by a mysterious flash of light, the couple has a helicopter pilot fly them over the location where the girl may have come from, but they crash-land in the Supai region of Coconino County, Arizona. When Blake wakes up following the collision, he discovers the pilot has been skinned alive and his wife has vanished.
Blake travels to Temple Gate, a neighboring town where he finds that the locals had sacrificed all of their children in the service of God.
Blake eventually finds Lynn in a chapel, where she has been kidnapped by a violent and delirious Christian cult led by preacher Sullivan Knoth, who rapes the Temple Gate women and then murders them once they become pregnant on suspicion of bearing the Anti-Christ.
According to Knoth, Temple Gate is located at the entrance to Hell, and Lynn is pregnant with the Anti-Christ. They manage to flee the chapel, but Lynn falters due to stomach problems.
When Lynn is kidnapped by the Heretics, a Satanic breakaway organization led by their androgynous leader Val, who want to hasten the end of days by seeing the birth of the Anti-Christ, the pair is split up.
Blake is saved by Ethan, a former member of Knoth’s cult who offers him refuge in his home. After Ethan confesses that he assisted Jane Doe in escaping Temple Gate, it is revealed that Anna Lee is Jane Doe. Marta, an enormous lady with a giant pickaxe and one of Knoth’s executioners, breaks into Ethan’s home and murders him as Blake sleeps.
Blake flees to another chapel, where he learns that Lynn was taken to the mines near Temple Gate from a tortured Heretic being grilled by Knoth.