Last August, publisher Bigben Interactive said Outcast – Second Contact, a remake of the 1999 cult classic Infogrames action-adventure Outcast, would be released in March 2017. Today is March 30, 2017, and no, the game is not out. We do, however, have the debut trailer for your viewing pleasure, and an updated, somewhat more vague launch target of this coming fall.
Outcast is quite a bit reminiscent of Stargate (the movie, not the television series), but with a backward twist in the second half: A probe sent to an alien world is damaged by one of its inhabitants, which somehow creates a black hole that threatens to destroy the Earth. You, as former Navy SEAL Cutter Slade (what a name, eh?) are sent on a mission to fix things up. But when you arrive it turns out that the natives think you're the Ulukai, the hero of an ancient prophecy. As is the way with these things, not everybody is happy about its fulfillment.
I've emailed Bigben to ask about a more precise release date (and also about why it was delayed), and I'll update if I receive a reply. In the meantime, you can have a look at the original version on Steam or GOG.
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Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.