The Outlast Trials: Co-op, trailers & everything we know

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Get ready for The Outlast Trials as the terrifying horror franchise is set to return with its third installment, and developers Red Barrels are preparing to shake up the formula with new twists.

If you’ve never played or heard of Outlast then it’s probably better for your stress levels. The survival-horror title uses the modern-day horror trope of giving you no weapons and the only way you can evade enemies is to run and hide.

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The first two Outlast titles were notorious for their litany of jumpscares and wince-inducing moments of violence. Now, Red Barrels are back with another sequel — The Outlast Trials.

From what we’ve seen already, the game is going to be all about more scares and more psychological torment, with the added bonus of being able to endure it with more players.


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The ante is expected to be raised in The Outlast Trials.

Does The Outlast Trials have a release date yet?

Despite being announced in mid-2020, Red Barrels have given no indication as to when we can expect to see The Outlast Trials.

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The game keeps getting new trailers, which you can check out below, which is a sign that development is clearly moving along well, and, hopefully, it won’t be too long until the game is leaving us on the edge of our seats!

How to register for The Outlast Trials closed beta

The game will be getting a closed beta before it even contemplates its release, and Red Barrels has announced that players can start testing it on October 28 and this will last until November 1.

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If you’re interested in playing it or registering your interest at the very least, then here’s what you’ll need to do on PC.

  1. Open Steam.
  2. Login to your account, if you’re not already.
  3. Head to the game page for The Outlast Trials.
  4. Look for ‘Join the Uninitialized’.
  5. Click to ‘Request Access’.
  6. Wait and see if you’re successful!

Do we know which platforms The Outlast Trials will be on?

According to the game’s website, the game’s platforms are “TBD,” but we obviously know already that there is a closed beta available for PC players, so that is one guaranteed platform.

The first two Outlast games both appeared on PlayStation and Xbox, so we’d hazard a guess that once the beta is done and the final vision of the game is clear, Red Barrels, could announce the title for those formats too.

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The Outlast Trials trailers

The debut trailer was a purely cinematic affair that featured a gruesome torture scene and finished by revealing the game’s original release date, which was later postponed.

Our most recent insight into The Outlast Trials showed off more interesting gameplay, as well as the pulling back the co-op curtain, but we know that the player will have different items and weapons to use to protect themself this time around.

The Outlast Trials co-op & gameplay

The biggest apparent difference between the first Outlast games and The Outlast Trials is the presence of online play, co-op, and weapons to use.

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According to the game’s official Steam description: “The Outlast Trials is a survival horror game you can play by yourself or with other players online. You’ll have to survive the twisted, sadistic and bizarre experiments of the Murkoff Corporation, alone or in a group of up to 4 players.”

This is a big step forward for the game and the trailers have already shown how other players will be worked in, e.g helping each other to jump across a sizable gap.

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As for the game’s online component, we’ll have to see how that ends up being incorporated.

From what we’ve seen of the weapons, players can use throwables to seemingly stun enemies, but it also looks like there are deployable mines that can cause more serious damage. Again, hopefully, a deeper dive into the gameplay will tell us more.

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