Microsoft had mentioned before that the parity clause for the Xbox One (via the [email protected] program) wasn't the be-all, end-all for releasing independent titles on the Xbox One. Red Barrels' Outlast kind of proves that point.
Major Nelson announced on his blog that the horror-survival game Outlast, which originally released on PC and then followed up with a PlayStation 4 outing, is now available on the Xbox One.
The scattered release schedule for the title caused many gamers to question the pertinence of Microsoft's parity clause for their system, but it had been revealed before that Microsoft would review some games with impartial launch windows for platforms on a case-by-case scenario. This was made known back in December of 2013, when some indie titles were denied release on the Xbox One due to not being able to meet the parity clause. The upside was that the controversial measure received enough public feedback to cause Microsoft to offer some form of leniency when it comes to individually spaced platform releases.
Sony, alternatively, has been taking in any and every high-quality indie title they can get their hands on. It's really worked against Microsoft, especially when a handful of highly anticipated indie titles will show console partisanship toward Sony's PS4 due to the parity clause.
Previously, several indie developers commented how the management over the Xbox brand (before Phil Spencer took charge) was a “disaster”.
It at least looks like Chris Charla and Phil Spencer are working hand-over-foot to try to get the Xbox One back into the running after some unfortunate decisions were made by those previously in charge. Having Outlast appear on the console right out of the blue isn't a bad way to go about it.
The team even managed to get an Xbox-centric trailer for the game to help churn up some hype for the release. Check it out below.
The game itself is pretty much what the video trailer depicts: you're in a scary, gonads-to-the-wall mental asylum where you assume the role of journalist Miles Upshur, as he uncovers some ghastly deeds taking place in the gore-filled, horror-themed hospital. It's the typical scenario where you end up in a situation where you don't get all the high-end, high-tech weapons you usually have at your disposal in games like F.E.A.R. or Doom, and instead you have to use your wits and your reflexes to avoid ending up on the cutting-room table.
However, one of the more important features hasn't been revealed: there's no mention of the game's resolution and frame-rate, even though it's currently running at 1080p and 60fps on the PS4.
Also, there's no mention of the game's Whistleblower DLC on the main store page for the Xbox One, but it's likely to arrive soon. You can purchase the game now for $19.99 over on the Xbox One's store page.