The Evil Within
HORROR MAESTRO SHINJI MIKAMI IS BACK TO HIS TERRIFYING BEST
Who says horror and gaming don’t work together anymore?
Developer: Tango Gameworks Publisher: Bethesda Softworks Available: August 26, 2014 Format(s): PS4, Xbox One, PS3, X360, Windows Scary games, for better or worse, aren’t what they used to be. The last half a decade or so has seen established franchises in the survival horror niche move in a much more action-oriented direction, with series’ like Capcom’s Resident Evil all but abandoning their traditional roots and dialling back the tension to be more accessible to the mass market.
There have been exceptions, however, with games like the awesome Amnesia: The Dark Descent and, more recently, Outlast opting to do away with weapons and instead rely on good old fashioned atmosphere, but even the likes of EA’s Dead Space eventually succumbed to the shooter siren’s call.
That all looks like it could change with Tango Gameworks’ forthcoming title The Evil Within. Directed by Shinji Mikami, the man credited with creating the modern day version of the genre with Resident Evil, the game is shaping up to be a potentially defining moment for the future of survival horror, and it looks to have dispensed with the needless embellishments and overthe-top action and set pieces that have become so commonplace in recent years.
Players will take the role of Sebastian Castellanos, a police detective called in to investigate the scene of a horrific mass murder. As the investigating team is gradually picked apart and brutally murdered by an unknown malevolent force, Sebastian finds himself regaining consciousness, alone and sinking into madness in a world, he doesn’t recognize.
Struggling to come to terms with the aberrations he sees around every turn, he’ll need to use all his training and smarts to figure out exactly what’s going on, and escape from the horrors that surround him.
Stepping back into the roots of the genre, The Evil Within has been built with a single goal in mind: the scare the pants off anyone brave enough to step into its dark and twisted universe. Mikami is a master at manipulating atmosphere and delivering the kind of well-timed scares usually reserved for the most talented of horror directors and he’s gone all out here for what, he claims, could well be his final project as a game director.
With the developer focusing on ramping up tension and delivering very purposeful scares at key junctures throughout, this definitely isn’t going to be a game for the faint-hearted, and Mikami’s reasons for creating the game (he has very publically voiced disapproval with the way the survival horror genre has progressed in recent times) suggest that The Evil Within will likely be an experience that few will have the constitution to complete.
Needless to say, we’re seriously pumped to find out what the survival horror maestro has up his sleeve for the game, which launches on August 26th for PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and Windows..