Since its announcement, The Evil Within has been touted by Resident Evil director Shinji Mikami as a true return for survival horror. Now we have a release date: August 26th in North America, and then the 29th for Europe. The game concerns detective Sebastian Castellanos, who witnesses his fellow police officers getting slaughtered by an unknown force and subsequently wakes up in a world of monsters and shambling dead.
Supposedly, scarce resources and "horrifying anxiety" will be key elements within the game. This does sound like a true return to form for Mikami, which would have been a big deal a few years ago. That said, the Amnesia series and Outlast have already been eating Resident Evil's lunch for a couple years now, and with the procedurally generated Daylight and Creative Assembly's Alien: Isolation hitting later this year as well, you have to wonder just how much relevance The Evil Within still has.
I'm optimistic; hopefully the bigger publishers are waking up to the fact that cover based shooting isn't terribly scary, and turning Dead Space and Resident evil into action movies wasn't the best of ideas.
We’re pleased to announce The Evil Within, the new survival horror game from legendary director, Shinji Mikami, will be available in North America on August 26, 2014 and throughout Europe on August 29, 2014. The Evil Within is in development for the Xbox One, Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, and PC.
Developed by Shinji Mikami and the talented team at Tango Gameworks, The Evil Within embodies the meaning of pure survival horror. Highly-crafted environments, horrifying anxiety, and an intricate story are combined to create an immersive world that will bring you to the height of tension. With limited resources at your disposal, you’ll fight for survival and experience profound fear in this perfect blend of horror and action.
While investigating the scene of a gruesome mass murder, Detective Sebastian Castellanos and his partners encounter a mysterious and powerful force. After seeing the slaughter of fellow officers, Sebastian is ambushed and knocked unconscious. When he awakens, he finds himself in a deranged world where hideous creatures wander among the dead. Facing unimaginable terror, and fighting for survival, Sebastian embarks on a frightening journey to unravel what’s behind this evil force.
The Evil Within has not yet been rated by the ESRB.