Red Barrels doesn’t like any of us. That’s the only possible explanation for the studio’s plan to release the Whistleblower DLC add-on for its 2013 scarefest, Outlast. The terrifying game plunges players into the madness of the Mount Massive Asylum but, as it turns out, that’s not the whole story. Whistleblower explores the events leading up to the main game, but the studio says it will also “stretch past the events of the first game to show the final chapter in Mount Massive Asylum’s story.”
In Outlast, you explore Mount Massive’s secret as journalist Miles Upshur, who comes to investigate the asylum after being alerted to some strange doings there. Whistleblower puts players in the shoes of Waylon Park, the man who alerted Upshur and others to the dark happenings. Here’s what Red Barrels has to say about Park’s motivations in a new post on the studio’s website:
Spending a couple of weeks at Mount Massive, during which he was unable to even talk to his wife and son in Boulder thanks to strict security protocols, Waylon developed a deep-seated distrust of the profit-motivated scientists and doctors leading dangerous and irresponsible experiments on their patients. Identifying with those poor souls fueled Waylon’s anger, and set the stage for his unmasking of Mount Massive’s rotten core.
The Whistleblower DLC will be released in April for PC and PlayStation 4. Outlast launched for PC just weeks before Halloween 2013, and then it came to PS4 earlier this month. We took a look at it and liked what we saw. Maybe “liked” isn’t the best descriptor given the game’s penchant for showcasing gruesome violence and abject terror, but whatever the horror-loving equivalent of “liked” happens to be.
The image at the top of the page amounts to your first proper look at Whistleblower, compliments of Red Barrels. He looks friendly, doesn’t he?