Last month at E3, Bethesda released the first look and trailer for the sequel to their 2014 hit The Evil Within. Now, Bethesda is talking about The Evil Within 2, answering some of the basic questions on the look and story of the game, giving players more of an idea what to expect as we inch closer to the game’s release date.
The Evil Within was originally released in October of 2014 and was part of a wave of Horror games to be released that year, alongside Alien: Isolation and others. It was a critical success, scoring 9/10 from Game Informer, and 8.7/10 from IGN. It also had several DLC which were also well received. In spite of that, and an open-ended final act, until the trailer for The Evil Within 2 was released at E3, talk of a sequel was a rumor at best. But now, we not only have a trailer and a date, we have some story details!
The Evil Within felt a lot like the twisted, abandoned love-child of the classic Resident Evil and Silent Hill franchises, with the monsters being twisted human forms, falls into blackness turning into hallways, and a clandestine, evil corporation at the heart of it all. It starts with a brand new STEM system, the mental machinery you’re hooked up to in the first game. This time, however, the returning character of Sebastian Castellanos is going in willingly and aware of how twisted things can get. Nicole Kidman returns as well, acting as your guide from the outside. That sounds like that’s all the returning characters though, so likely we won’t be seeing the return of the favorite enemies from before, like Laura, The Executioner, or Ruvik.
“This is a separate STEM world than that of the first game. STEM worlds are built using the Core’s own memories, and Union was built using the mind of a little girl who has no knowledge or memory of the events that transpired in the first game. You’re going to encounter a mostly new cast of characters, each with their own reasons for being in STEM.”
Of the new characters we’re going to find, one of them is Castellanos’ daughter, Lily, who supposedly died years before. In actuality, she was taken by said evil corporation and is actually the one at the heart of this new STEM world. Now something has happened to her and the world is falling apart. Corporate agents have disappeared into the world, likely twisting into some of the enemies you’ll meet as you race against time to find your lost daughter before the world shatters completely, along with her mind.
Everything we’ve seen so far for this new game looks great, and I can only hope the town is as open-world as it sounds like. An open-world, mind-twist of a Horror game would be absolutely incredible. I can’t wait to find out more.
The Evil Within 2 is set for release on Friday the 13, October, 2017. It’ll be available for Playstation 4, Xbox One, and Windows PC.