Outlast Interview: Bringing The Scares To The PS4

GamingBolt in conversation with co-founder of Red Barrels Games: Philippe Morin.

Outlast was easily one of the best horror games of 2013, not to mention it won our Best Indie Game and Best PC Game awards. Red Barrels, the studio behind the hit game are now bringing the game to the PlayStation 4. We got in touch with Philippe Morin, co-founder of of the studio to talk about how the PlayStation 4 version is shaping up.

Rashid Sayed: First of all, congratulations on a great PC launch. Were you guys surprised by the reaction you received from the fans and press alike?

Philippe Morin: Positive feedback from players is the best reward a game developer can get. We’re in business to create emotions and watching [all those reactions] on YouTube and all those playthroughs and the faces of scared players has been a lot of fun for us. It’s been a long road to get the project off the ground, but it’s finally paying off and it was all worth it.

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We added a new difficulty level called “Insane”. If you choose this level, you’ll have very low health, very little batteries, no checkpoints and no saves. It’s do or die. Survive until the end or start all over again.

Rashid Sayed: Was there anything you hesitated to include in the final game? Or was the necrophilia segment where you finally decided to draw the line?

Philippe Morin: We had a lot of heated debates internally. We wanted to create emotions, but we did not wanted to go overboard. At the end of the day, there’s only one way to find the limit and that’s by testing it. We have a lot more ideas, but we’ll try them progressively.

Rashid Sayed: I personally enjoyed the ending but what are your thoughts on criticism towards it? Did you think it was sort of fitting given the circumstances that Miles would die that way, especially given all the trauma he went through?

Philippe Morin: The ending did create a strong emotional reaction, which we found fascinating. After all, it is a classic ending for horror movies. That being said, you’ll have to play the [Whistleblower] DLC to find out more. =)

Rashid Sayed: In our last interview with you guys, you confirmed that the PS4 version will have ‘special’ features. Can you please let us know what they are?

Philippe Morin: The fact the PS4 allows players to record and share fit really well with our narrative. Also, we added  a new difficulty level called “Insane”. If you choose this level, you’ll have very low health, very little batteries, no checkpoints and no saves. It’s do or die. Survive until the end or start all over again.

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[PS4'S RAM] allowed us to crank everything to the maximum, without having to consider lower specs. It also helped for streaming issues.

Rashid Sayed: Will the PS4 version run at 1080p and 60 fps?

Philippe Morin: Yes.

Rashid Sayed: The PS4 features of 8GB of GDDR5 RAM which is more than the average memory found in gaming PCs. How has this helped in porting Outlast to the PS4?

Philippe Morin: It allowed us to crank everything to the maximum, without having to consider lower specs. It also helped for streaming issues.

Rashid Sayed: How easy was it to import the game’s engine to the PS4?

Philippe Morin: We had access to the code of Zombie Studios [developer of Blacklight Retribution] and we built on top of it. The whole process has been fairly easy.

Rashid Sayed: The single core speed of the PS4 is slower than a high end PC. Did this result into CPU thread management issues? If yes, can you please describe how did you guys overcame this issue?

Philippe Morin: We didn’t run into any issues. We’re using all the cores and the [amount of] RAM also helps.

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The biggest advantage of consoles is the stability of the hardware. You can make your game without having to worry about compatibility.

Rashid Sayed: In my opinion, Outlast looks outstanding on the PC. Having said that, did porting from PC to PS4 result into any compromises in the visual quality?

Philippe Morin: As far as we’re concerned, both versions look the same.

Rashid Sayed: Are you guys using the DualShock 4 touch pad to enhance gameplay mechanics?

Philippe Morin: Players can use it to zoom in & out when using the camcorder. The D-Pad can also be used to zoom.

Rashid Sayed: As someone who is primarily from PC games development background, what are your thoughts on the PS4 GPU and CPU? Do you think it will become obsolete in the next few years, especially given the advancements in PC gaming technology?

Philippe Morin: The biggest advantage of consoles is the stability of the hardware. You can make your game without having to worry about compatibility. You can focus your development strategy knowing exactly what iss under the hood. So, I think consoles will be around for a little while.

Rashid Sayed: Last time around you had no plans to bring the game on the Xbox One. Have you changed this stance especially after the id@Xbox policy?

Philippe Morin: Can’t confirm anything at this point, but our goal is to reach the maximum of players.

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We want to make a high quality DLC, but we’re just 11 people, so it takes time.

Rashid Sayed: What can you tell us about the upcoming Whistleblower DLC? Will it launch any time after the PS4 version hits and will it be able for both PC and PS4 at launch?

Philippe Morin: We’re really happy with what we’ve built so far. We’ll soon record all the dialogues. We want to make a high quality DLC, but we’re just 11 people, so it takes time.

Rashid Sayed: Judging by how Outlast concluded, you guys have surely opened up a slight opening for a sequel. Do you think Outlast 2 will happen given the positive response you received? Or are you guys going to focus on a new IP?

Philippe Morin: Ask me again after we’ve shipped the DLC, but we’d love to work on Outlast 2. =)

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  • dylan periolat

    spoiler alert!

  • John D

    “The biggest advantage of consoles is the stability of the hardware. You can make your game without having to worry about compatibility. You can focus your development strategy knowing exactly what is under the hood. So, I think consoles will be around for a little while.”

    Something (SOME) PC gamers will never ever get. Mainly the narrow minded tunnel vision PC fanboy hipsters. They read this from a developers mouth and still talk crap on consoles. How pathetic.

    • Dakan45

      Well how about that? A static dated hardware can be utilized better than constantly advancing hardware.

      How suprising.

      Too bad that consoles CANT do 4k and 120 fps because consoles are cheap trashboxes with APU laptop design and TABLET cpus with low power output that cant provide the same graphical power as a powerfull pc.

      Its impossible, too bad consoles are designed to be affordable so they cant be partiduclary powerfull, too bad pc hardware is very underutilized thanks to diffirent architecture and lack of low level api, too bad that the same archiecture and mantle will fix this proble and pc will utterly destroy consoles.

      What you see is what you get with a console, you pay for it, try to find 2-3 good exlusives to justify your early purchause, play the games and then experiance console graphics failing to compete with pc and basicly run games at low settings after 5 years.

      Pc gamers can fix this by upgrading which is optinal, console games will NEVER be able to experiance upgrading and superior graphics or the socalled 4k and 120fps you are talking about.

      Dont like that you have to press a specific button to open a door? Pc can change this by remaping that button, dont like the controller? Plug any controller and play, dont like paying for mp? Dont pay just play, dont like how easy the game is or the inventory system? Use mods to fix this.

      Those are few of the many things that consoles games will ENVER get because they are narrow minded tunnerl visions clueless dudebros that they got no idea what pc gaming is or how many advantages it brings over consoles, so they continue to play on their crappy trashboxes and dont give pc gaming a chance.

      Who on his right mind would choose the locked out, inferior and more expensive experianace with less options? The majority of cosnoletarded dudebros outhere who have no idea what pc gaming can give them or blatantly butthurt fantards who want to bash pc because they dont want to admit that pc is superior and reallize that they were getting the inferior experiance al those years.

      But hey lets bash pc for havnig superior graphics, better an customizable controls better and free mp, better sound, better exlusive, lower prices and backwards compability because “consoles” or more properly sony is god!!!

      If sony is god how come ps4 is made by westernets becasue ps3 architecture sucked? How come sony is embracing all the indies with pc architecture and copies pc with mmos and f2p and video capture and browser functions?

      Face it, everything is trying to be more pc like. If you like consoles, stick by them but dont bash pc, because thats what everyone is copying you dumbass, the features you see as “next gen” pc had them years ago. Pc is where innovation of gaming lies not on consoles.

    • John D

      4k. LOL. You are in dreamland. If you think you will see games developed in full 4k this year you are in fantasy land. But I will give you a pass because you are a PC fangirl so you are in fantasy land.

      PS4 is better. Deal with it.

      There is not one game on PC that looks better visually then The Order 1886.

    • Dakan45

      Lets see what games on ps4 run on 1440p?

      NONE.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PGSE8x6I1ic

      BF3 ,Guess what moron? pc could do 1080p back in 2007.

      Pc has been next gen already DEAL WITH IT.

      As for the order? Please i remember seeing deep down when it was demoed on a high end pc, then they showed the actual ps4 and it was DEEP DOWNGRADED. same goes for the unreal engine 3 demo.

      Your ps4 is pathetic, when 1886 comes it will look nowehere near as good as the fake cutscene that were made for tech demos.

      AHAHAHAHHHA so pathetic, cry some more cluekess 29 year old fantard.

    • John D

      Good for you. No one has a 1440P tv MORON. Console gamers play on beautiful 50 inch tvs and not some 1440P 18 inch monitor. LOL

    • Dakan45

      EXACTLY yet pc gamers have 1440p for years

      You keep saying 18 inch you dumb idiot, you do reallize there are 32 inch screens right?

      OOPS i forgot you type this from a crappy laptop

    • John D

      I am done talking to you. I will not comment on your stuff if you will not mine. Deal.

    • Dakan45

      deal.

    • John D

      Like I said I cannot wait till they release a gameplay trailer of The Order. You are gonna feel so stupid then. You will never see graphics that good for a while.

    • Dakan45

      ahahha no it wil be inferior as usual so far they cant decide between 800p and 1080p

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