Outlast might not have been the most inventive horror game ever, but it certainly brought the scares. There is, however, some intrigue in exploring its Standard Horror Setting asylum before it became an implausible sea of saw blades and psychosis given flesh. In fact, I really like that idea – if only because I want to see horror attempt settings that are less trite, typical, or otherwise funhouse-y. Whistleblower is about, well, the whistleblower that clued in original protagonist [Silly Name] to the crazed goings-on at [Another Silly Name’s] asylum. It takes place during a time when everything was still up and running, before it all descended into wanton slaughter. Sounds pleasant, right? Of course not. This is the beginning of the end. You just get to witness it up close.
The tale goes as follows:
“Starting just before the events of the original game, Outlast: Whistleblower will take players on another horrifying journey through Mount Massive Asylum and into the depths of the human mind. As the whistleblower whose anonymous tip brought original protagonist Miles Upshur to Mount Massive on one fateful night, you’ll encounter the experiments and abuse (conducted in the name of science, of course) that led to the asylum’s downfall – in fact, your encounter may be a bit too close for comfort… Explore the asylum minutes before the slaughter, then experience the outbreak firsthand.”
There’s no release date just yet, but look out. It might be riiiiiiiiight behiiiiiiiiiind yooOOOoooOOOoouuuuuuuu. Or maybe it’s in, like, a few months or something. I don’t know.
Whistleblower definitely has some good ideas. I just hope it doesn’t turn out to be functionally the same as Outlast when all is said and done. That’s always the danger with DLC that promises something substantially different, I think. We shall see. For now, um, enjoy the picture of someone either shushing no one in particular or kissing a severed finger, I guess. Such is life in a mad, mad world without screenshots or trailers. I wonder if this is how the dinosaurs speculated about their videogames.