Outbreak: Contagious Memories Demo Available Now – Xbox Wire


  • Narrative-driven ‘90s survival horror feasts on next-gen hardware in Outbreak: Contagious Memories
  • Extreme gore, next-gen visual upgrades, cheesy voiceovers and cutscenes, and retro survival horror gameplay.
  • Play now on Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One via Smart Delivery until December 14th, 2021

Hey Survivors!

Outbreak: Contagious Memories just premiered at The Game Awards Xbox Game Fest Demo Event and you can play it right now! This small preview of the game will be available through December 14th and is playable on both Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One via Smart Delivery. Return to the world of ‘90s-inspired retro survival horror in this narrative-driven undead nightmare as you team up with fellow survivors to escape a city overrun with zombies! Read on to learn more about what you’ll be experiencing in this new title, as well as a peek behind the scenes during development.

‘90s Meets Next-Gen

The goal of the Outbreak series is to return to the roots of survival horror – crushing difficulty, intense inventory management, retro gameplay, b-horror tropes, and modern graphics, controls, and more. Outbreak: Contagious Memories propels this forward by delivering the ultimate experience – full voiceovers and next-gen visual upgrades combine in the deepest gameplay ever offered in the series. Everything from fluid 60FPS performance, quick load times, your choice of retro fixed camera, over-the-shoulder, or first-person shooter controls, cheesy voiceovers and cutscenes, and much more await. For the first time, you’ll meet fellow human survivors (NPCs) and work together with them to escape a city overrun with monsters and the undead.


A Deeper, More Terrifying World

The nightmare has never been more real, and you’ll finally get to learn more about how the nation is dealing with the undead epidemic. From news broadcasts, views of a destroyed city overrun with the undead, and overhearing your fellow survivors plan how they’re going to survive, you’ll be thrust into a world reeling from this plague. When playing on Xbox Series X|S, you’ll experience a more beautiful apocalypse featuring real-time reflections, extreme violence with blood, gore and bodies that stay in the environment and high-resolution real-time shadows. Sometimes all you’ll have is a tiny flashlight to illuminate your way, with shadows jumping in the distance. Everything is out to kill you, and you’ll need to manage your tight resources while making the call to fight or flee your undead assailants.

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Never Turn away from a Friendly Face

The entire game is designed to play either as a solo or optional split screen co-op experience. Unable to cope with what lurks in the shadows? Bring a friend along as you experience the entire campaign to provide another flashlight, carry resources and deal with the threats hellbent on your destruction. But be warned, another set of hands isn’t always going to make your life easier, you’ll still need to make hard decisions on how to share your limited weapons, ammo and healing items. Make use of your linked storage caches when you can find them, and plan carefully how you’ll survive. You live and die together, if one of you is killed that’s the end for both of you!


Behind the Scenes As a solo indie dev, every aspect of the Outbreak experience is organized, curated or created by a single person. But it’s the great support from Xbox, alongside their incredible hardware, that allows me to focus on creating engaging content and not fighting endless technical hurdles. Xbox Series X|S’s incredible GPU allows small developers like me to bring next-gen visuals like full real-time reflections across the entire title, while still ensuring a smooth 60FPS and lightning-fast load times. Persistent blood as you fight off the undead is thanks to the next-gen CPU and large amount of memory. The Xbox toolchains also allow the game to scale back a bit, so it runs and looks great on base Xbox One hardware. It’s an absolute dream to develop for Xbox and I’m so excited for everyone to experience all these effects in real-time which bring the atmosphere to the next level.

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More Nightmares Are Waiting for You Looking to brush up on the larger Outbreak story prior to the launch of Outbreak: Contagious Memories in 2022? You can grab the entire series up to this point in the Outbreak: Complete Collection bundle at a great price. You’ll experience six adventures in the Outbreak universe, each one paying homage to a different era of survival horror, and tailored towards Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One. Don’t wait, pick it up today!


Good Luck

Thank you again for previewing Outbreak: Contagious Memories, and to all the fans and supporters of the series since 2017. As a solo indie developer, it has been such an amazing experience to see each title grow in quality with deeper gameplay. Stay tuned, we have plenty more to share including new content for Outbreak: Endless Nightmares, and the launch of Outbreak: Contagious Memories in 2022!

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Outbreak: Contagious Memories TGA21Demo

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Return to the world of ’90s survival horror with this brief glimpse into Outbreak: Contagious Memories.

Experience Lydia’s desperate escape from an overrun urban center as she meets fellow survivors, scrounges for supplies, fights off undead monstrosities in brutally gory combat, and manages a limited inventory. Attempt to survive the nightmare with your choice of retro fixed camera, over-the-shoulder, and first-person shooter views, which you can change at any time during gameplay. Mo-cap animations, cheesy voiceovers and enhanced visuals await as you solve puzzles and fight for your life. Play the entire game in optional split-screen co-op or face the darkness alone. Can you survive the outbreak, or will you become yet another victim of the undead hordes?

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