I think we can safely say that the Resident Evil series has lost its way. Come to think of it, so has most of the mainstream horror genre. Sure we have indie hits like Amnesia and Lone Survivor, but survival horror has been slowly shifting to drama and action, and successors to some of the scariest games ever, like System Shock 2, just aren't scary at all. Bioshock dialed back the creepiness considerably, and while Bioshock Infinite is a great game, it dispenses with the terror altogether.
I think it's time for the father of survival horror, Shinji Mikami, to remind everyone how it's done. And that's exactly what the Resident Evil creator is doing. His latest project has been announced as The Evil Within
, being developed at Tango Gameworks and published by Bethesda. The teaser trailer is completely live action and reminds me of the deliciously gory, practical-effects bargain bin horror flicks of the 90s, and it does indeed look scary. There's not much more in terms of concrete details, but The Evil Within should be hitting PS3, 360 and PC and "next generation consoles" sometime next year.
BETHESDA SOFTWORKS ANNOUNCES
THE EVIL WITHIN
New Survival Horror Game from Master of the Genre
April 19, 2013 (Rockville, MD) – Bethesda Softworks®, a ZeniMax® Media company, today announced the planned release of The Evil Within™, a survival horror game developed at Tango Gameworks™ under the direction of renowned game designer and studio head, Shinji Mikami. Best known as the father of the survival horror genre and creator of the Resident Evil series, Mikami is a 20-year veteran of the industry who has developed numerous award-winning titles. The official announcement trailer can be viewed today at IGN.com.
The Evil Within, in development for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, the PC, and next generation consoles, is slated for release in 2014. On Monday, April 22nd, additional information about The Evil Within will be revealed in an exclusive feature story with IGN.com.
“We’re incredibly proud to announce The Evil Within,” said Mikami. “My team and I are committed to creating an exciting new franchise, providing fans the perfect blend of horror and action.”
The Evil Within has not yet been rated by the ESRB.