A new version of the Infogrames cult classic is coming to all gaming platforms early next year. Developer Appeal Studio announced today Outcast: Second Contact will be released to the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC on March 2017. Now, here's the latest round-up of update about Outcast: Second Contact release date, gameplay, and features.
Second Contact is said to have bigger world than the first Outcast, which was released in 1999. In addition, the remake will be in full HD for much better gaming experience. It will also have "cutting-edge" graphics and redesigned controllers for more immersive gameplay.
In the Outcast: Second Contact, players will control Cutter Slade, a former Special Forces officer. Slade has to explore the planet of Adelpha to prevent the huge catastrophe that will be coming to earth. As Slade explores the strange world, the developers say he will uncover many things that even players of the original Outcast will be surprised.
The world in Outcast takes place in the new future when humans have just found the existence of planet Adelpha. In order to understand the new cosmic object, the American Government sends a probe there to investigate. The exploration is successful, but a native of Adelpha, a Talan, destroys the probe and causes distortion in space-time that might lead to the destruction of the Earth. Now, the fate of two worlds is in the hands of Cutter Slade.
According to PC Gamer, the first attempt to remake the Outcast appeared on Kickstarter in 2014. The project had high hopes with $600,000 goal, but it just didn't work out. Good thing, developers from Appeal Studio expressed their interest to make "Outcast: Second Contact." The studio announced the development of the game on May this year. At the time, publisher Big Ben stated the game would be launched "at the start of 2017." Now, the publisher gave more specific deadline which is March 2017.
The first Outcast earned high reviews from gaming experts. In fact, GameSpot named it as "Adventure Game of the Year" in 1999. Two years after that, Appeal Studios attempted to develop a sequel called Outcast II: The Lost Paradise, but it was not finished due to bankruptcy. In 2014, the Outcast HD became available.