Montréal developer announces the Early Access release date for its cooperative survival horror experience

Friday, March 10, 2023 (Montréal, Québec) - Red Barrels, the independent game development studio based in Montréal, has officially announced the Early Access release date for The Outlast Trials, which will come to Steam and Epic Games Store on May 18, 2023.


Players were first granted access to Murkoff’s Sinyala Facility last Halloween for the Closed Beta experience. Running from Friday 28 October to Tuesday 1 November, almost 1 million players signed up for the terrifying challenge, with successful players racking up a total of 35 years of play time spent in the Closed Beta weekend.


The Outlast Trials Early Access Announcement Trailer


“The Closed Beta was just a taste of what’s to come in The Outlast Trials,” said Philippe Morin, Co-Founder of Red Barrels. “Our first round of willing participants to take part in the trials provided us with some insightful feedback and very interesting data, which we have used to improve the experience.


“We received so many requests for the Closed Beta that we’re looking forward to welcoming even more players to The Outlast Trials when it comes to Early Access on May 18th.”


The Outlast Trials Closed Beta gameplay data:

  • 225,363 player deaths

  • 656,180 players incapacitated

  • 352,851,550 secs (11 years) spent in Night Vision

  • 1,841,161 number of times Active Skill was used

  • 35 years total time spent in The Outlast Trials by players during the Closed Beta


A brand new take on the acclaimed Outlast survival horror series, The Outlast Trials is set in the same terrifying universe as the previous titles, only this time you can choose to play on your own or with friends in a team of up to four people.


Set in the height of the Cold War era, players take on the role of test subjects abducted by the shadowy Murkoff Corporation. Imprisoned in a secret Murkoff facility, players will be thrust into a series of physical and mental ordeals, tormented by iconic characters, and challenged alone or in teams to survive with their sanity intact.


Further information about pricing and the content available in The Outlast Trials Early Access will be revealed soon.


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About Outlast

Hell is an experiment you can't survive in Outlast; a first-person survival horror game series developed by veterans of some of the biggest game franchises in history. Critically acclaimed for its immersive atmosphere, sound design and full-frontal scares, the series soon became the leading horror game experience of its generation. The rules of the Outlast universe are simple – run, hide or die trying.


Outlast, the original release, begins with an intriguing anonymous tip that leads you to explore the dark heart of Mount Massive Asylum, home to the secret experiments of the Murkoff Corporation. Whistleblower, the DLC continuation, tells the backstory to the atrocities found in Outlast and stretches past the events of the first game to show the final bloody chapter in Mount Massive Asylum's story. Outlast 2 places you deep in the wilderness where you discover the residents of Temple Gate and a corruption so profound that going mad may be the only sane thing to do.


About Red Barrels

Red Barrels is the studio behind the immersive indie horror series Outlast, a series that has terrified more than 15 million players worldwide. Based in Montréal, Red Barrel’s mission is to create unforgettable experiences that leave the player’s blood running cold. Red Barrels was founded by Philippe Morin (Prince of Persia: Sands of Time, Assassin’s Creed and Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune), David Chateauneuf (Lead level designer: Prince of Persia: Sands of Time, Assassin’s Creed and Splinter Cell: Conviction) and Hugo Dallaire (Art Director: Splinter Cell and Army of Two).