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Outlast 2 demo creeps into your living room for the Halloween season

Limited-time demo gives players a taste of fear and loathing in the Arizona desert

Outlast 2's creepy countryside
The creepy desert countryside of Outlast 2
Red Barrels

Montreal-based studio Red Barrels has released a demo for their upcoming horror game Outlast 2. The demo is available on PlayStation 4, PC and Xbox One until Nov. 1.

The sequel to 2013's Outlast leaves behind the claustrophobic halls of the original, forcing the player to fight for survival in cornfields, cabins and an abandoned Catholic school. The first-person thriller eschews the government conspiracies of the original in favor of religious horror and rural isolation.

The player assumes the role of an investigative journalist who must hunt for clues in unsettling environments while avoiding hostile locals and managing the battery life of an indispensable night vision camera. In our 31 minutes with the demo, seen below, we found it plenty spooky.

Red Barrels, the studio behind the original occult thriller, has returned to develop Outlast 2. The game launches on Mac, PC, PS4 and Xbox One next year, the studio said. The demo comes in place of the full game, which was originally scheduled for release this fall. If you're curious about the game but too chicken to try it for yourself, you can read our hands-on impressions.