‘s story has been confounding players given a Apr release. Many people were dissapoint that a finale was unsatisfyingly vague, or though reason entirely, but, as we went over in our review, it usually takes a bit of bend douse to establish what is expected a outcome, attack a honeyed mark of doubt most like Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining.
But, in box we are still though a clue, Red Barrels, developer for a Outlast series, usually Tweeted a expected acknowledgment of a renouned speculation per a predestine of a characters in Outlast 2.
[***THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR OUTLAST 2***]
There’s Nothing There
Jumping right into a finale method of Outlast 2. Blake has discovered his wife, Lynn, from a mines and is streamer toward a usually preserve in sight: a church. After escaped Marta, Blake and Lynn successfully arrive in a pews of Papa Knoth’s residence of worship, where a now-infamous birth stage occurs.
After giving birth, Lynn turns her conduct toward Blake, who is now holding their child, and says cryptically “There’s zero there,” as she dies. One interpretation of this is that, as she is dying, she realizes that there is not bliss or anything watchful for her after death: there’s zero there.
However, another renouned speculation emerged for what she could be articulate about: a baby. Rather than usually branch her conduct as a failing lament, Lynn was expected looking during what Blake was holding, to that she pronounced “There’s zero there,” definition Blake wasn’t holding a baby. There wasn’t any baby. This seems to be indeed a box after Red Barrels Tweeted a fan-art design of Blake carrying a baby, though combined themselves “There’s zero there. But we can check out some-more of ma98me’s work here.” With this image, a word “there’s zero there,” can usually be referring to a baby.
The speculation is that Lynn’s pregnancy was psychosomatic, a real-life materialisation where a lady thinks she is or wants to be profound so bad that a uncover signs of pregnancy, even down to a stretched abdomen. This condition is most some-more mostly found in animals, though whatever, we’re traffic with novella here.
This speculation didn’t come out of nowhere, either. In Outlast: Whistleblower, we will come accross a request called Miscarried Profits. In it, a Murkoff staffer sends an email to pre-crazy Dr. Richard Trager revelation him “Apparently we had issues with womanlike employees experiencing psychosomatic pregancies, something to do with how a Morphogenic Engine interacts with a defence system?”
He afterwards goes on to contend “Why aren’t we behaving experiments on women. God knows mental illness is an equal event affliction. Seems reprobate to pass adult on such a intensity windfall.”
The Morphogenic Engine is a device in a strange Outlast that lets people take control of a Walrider, so it’s really probable that a Murkoff Corporation used it to examination on women usually like this chairman suggested. With Red Barrels’ Tweet, this seems to be confirmed.
What does it meant for a end?
Even if her pregnancy is psychosomatic, what does that meant for a story and finale of Outlast 2? Didn’t a object still raze bringing about a apocalypse? What does any of this pregnancy things matter? Let’s explore:
First off, this entirely explains since Papa Knoth wasn’t means to kill a baby. He says no matter what he tried, he wasn’t means to kill him and instructs Blake to vanquish his conduct underneath his foot if he has a possibility and ability. If this is a feign baby, of march Papa Knoth wouldn’t be means to kill it. Now, is it expected that both Blake and Papa Knoth are hallucinating a same baby? Probably not, though they both could be hallucinating a baby.
During a march of Outlast 2, you’ll mostly knowledge a shrill sound that sounds like a vessel horn accompanied by a peep of splendid light. When this initial occurs, it has no outcome on Blake, though everybody around him becomes roughly petrified and is overcome with visions of their past. As a diversion goes on, you’ll notice that these noises being to obviate a famous Catholic School scenes, where Blake imagines himself behind during Catholic School with his defunct crony Jessica.
An critical partial that people mostly skip in Outlast 2 is a existence of a set of towers or some other building. You can mark this opposite a lake and take a video record of it. But what is it? Well, as we cranky a lake, another shrill noise/bright light occurrence happens, though it’s transparent that both of these are entrance from a area where we saw a puzzling towers.
One chairman even writes to Papa Knoth about going nearby these towers, observant “I was overcome with waking dreams as of a energy we had never before experienced. we saw things we can't describe. There were abandon and insects and what might have been mouths and what might have been sex organs. we contingency have walked from inside my dream state since we found myself on waking a good stretch divided and have not been means to competition my stairs behind to those humming towers.”
Putting a pieces together, it’s expected that a Murkoff Corporation was regulating this uncanny encampment of doomsdayers as exam subjects for a effects of a Morphogenic Engine, or presumably some updated chronicle of it that was benefaction in these towers. This caused Lynn to knowledge a fake pregnancy. But, if a baby isn’t real, it’s expected that a bursting object wasn’t genuine either. Perhaps there was some blast – some have theorized a synthetic blast to cover adult a Murkoff experiments – though rest positive a universe still exists. That baby, on a other hand, wasn’t there.