Outlast 2 Patch Balances Difficulty Issues

by Tanner Dedmon

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(Photo: Red Barrels)

In an effort to make the game easily accessible to more casual gamers while still proving difficult for those seeking a more challenging experience, Outlast 2 developer Red Barrels released a path on Friday to tweak the survival horror title's difficulty settings.

"Today's patch introduces some minor adjustments to the game’s difficulty in key areas and moments," the Red Barrels team noted on their official patch notes from Steam. "On Normal difficulty this will offer players a more appropriately balanced experience while still maintaining higher levels of challenge on Hard and Nightmare difficulties."

For some, the draw of playing a horror game is to experience those frequent jump scares and climactic boss fights with the gruesome details popping out too quick to take in. But if certain areas prove too difficult, the player is forced to repeat the same part several times, a consequence that surely dampens the experience. Instead of remembering how frightening or surprising something was, players have been left with frustration and relief at finally being done with it. Red Barrels noted that they had been paying attention to such feedback and was carefully taking it into consideration when creating patches.

Though it's not specifically indicated which parts of the game have had their difficulty adjusted, the patch will hopefully smooth out the experience to make it more memorable and less frustrating for players who just want to make it through the story mode. 

The rest of the patch notes includes several other small changes and bug fixes to streamline the game. Losing saved files because of an issue with Steam should no longer occur and some issues with crawling and bumping into structures shouldn't affect gameplay as much. Aside from the difficulty, the biggest change being shipped with this patch is that the microphone used to detect enemy movement will no longer use up batteries. Managing battery power in Outlast 2 is stressful enough, but this change will at least take off some of the pressure and make the game a bit more enjoyable. 

The patch is currently out only on the PC version and is expected to hit console versions soon.