The Evil Within has had its released date pushed back from August 26 and 29 to October 21 for North America, October 23 for Australia and New Zealand, and October 24 for European territories. According to publisher Bethesda, Evil Within‘s developer, Tango Gameworks, needed some extra time to further refine the game. However, the new release date also conveniently falls a week before Halloween, so perhaps the Elder Scrolls publisher had another motive as well.
Additionally, Bethesda released a new trailer for the game, titled “Terrified by ‘The Evil Within.”” Much like the infamous “Your Mom Hates Dead Space 2” ad which showed unassuming middle-aged women watching grotesque scenes from Dead Space 2, and then reacting with horror, this new Evil Within trailer shows the reactions of various playtesters to the game’s gruesome sights.
The trailer captures a range of emotions from the hapless playtesters, initially showing nervousness, disgust, and then flat-out terror as the action ramps up.
The game’s pre-order bonuses have also been detailed, namely in the form of various in-game items. These include a medical kit, a double-barrel shotgun, an incendiary and poison agony bolt, and something called ‘Green Gel’ which is used to upgrade the player’s attributes.
These pre-order bonuses will likely come in handy, as The Evil Within, which looks like a hellish combination of Outlast, Resident Evil 4 and the Saw and Hostel movies, is shaping up to be a game that stamps both ‘survival’ and ‘horror’ back in the survival horror genre. The game will also be difficult to play, with enemies so resilient to damage that in some cases the player has to first shoot or bludgeon them unconscious and then light them on fire.
The plot revolves around the player character, Detective Sebastian Castellanos, as well as his partners Joseph Oda and Julie “Kid” Kidman, as they deal with mysterious force that is butchering people in some truly stomach-churning ways. Not much else is known beyond that, as Bethesda and Tango are being purposefully vague about the story.
The game’s poster, which depicts a brain wrapped in barbed wire with an asylum where the brain stem should be, suggests that the story will be very cerebral and involve psychological horror like the Silent Hill games.
This will be the first game by Tango Gameworks, which was founded in 2010 and led by Shinji Mikami. Mikami is best known as the man behind many well-regarded and groundbreaking titles, such as Resident Evil 4, Viewtiful Joe, Devil May Cry, and Vanquish. The Evil Within is being build on the id Tech 5 engine, which was also used by the recently released Wolfenstein: The New Order. It will be released on the PC, PlayStation 3 and 4, and Xbox 360 and One.