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Red Barrels Co-Founder – Outlast 2 “Inspired By 1978 Jonestown Massacre, It Made Sense To Leave The Asylum”

Back in October of last year, developers, Red Barrels announced the follow-up to 2013’s hugely popular survival horror title, Outlast, which was originally released on PC before making a jump to both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in 2014. During the announcement, a short teaser trailer was released showing a cross ablaze in a field before tilting the camera vertically to reveal that the cross was in fact inverted. Since the official announcement only one teaser image has been released, leaving fans of the game with not too much to go on regarding Outlast 2 aside from the fact the follow up won’t take place inside Mount Massive Asylum.

However, in a recent interview with Indie Games Level Up, Red Barrels Co-Founder, Philippe Morin revealed a real-life incident as an inspiration for Outlast 2 – the 1978 Jonestown Massacre. Morin stated, “There is one thing that we studied a lot for the second game which is the Jonestown thing that happened in the seventies, which is called the biggest mass suicide of all time, I believe; and so that’s something that we studied and we checked a lot as an inspiration for Outlast 2.”

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On November 18, 1978, an unusual set of events led to the deaths of 913 people in Jonestown, a small compound carved out of the jungles of Guyana, South America. Though dubbed by the media to be a “massacre,” what took place at Jonestown in 1978, was to some extent done willingly, making the mass suicide all the more disturbing. Founded in 1955 by Indianapolis preacher James Warren Jones, the “Jonestown” cult, officially known as the “People’s Temple” left America to escape oppression. It is widely reported that once in Guyana Rev. Jim Jones followers willingly drank cyanide-based cocktails, flavored with purple Kool-Aid, leading to the deaths of 913 men, women and children, other media reports claim that members of the cult who refused to drink the lethal punch were forced to at gunpoint and then executed if they still refused to follow their beloved preacher into the beyond.

What extent the real life events of November 18, 1978, have on the plot for Outlast 2 is still a mystery but one thing is for sure, Outlast 2 is shaping up to be as terrifying as its 2013 predecessor. Taking Outlast out and beyond the Mount Massive Asylum isn’t a notion lost on Marin “It still fits in the same universe and we’re working on something that’s going to bridge the gap between both games. We needed something that would make players go “what the fuck is going on?” and so that’s why it made sense to go out of the Asylum, to bring them someplace new, so that they have that feeling once more, the feeling they had when they entered the Asylum in the first game.”

Red Barrels also stated via Twitter that the Canadian based studio were hoping for a simultaneous launch across all platforms when Outlast launches later this year.

Outlast 2 is scheduled for launch during Fall 2016 on PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

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Dan has been gaming for nearly 30 years and has survived everything from Nuclear Fallouts to Zombie Outbreaks but his main love is Survival Horror and don't we all know it. Favourite games include Resident Evil and Grand Theft Auto, he can be regularly found cruising the streets of Vice City listening to the classics.


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