Shinji Mikami's horror sequel continues Detective Sebastian Castellanos' nightmare
A sequel to The Evil Within, the 2014 survival horror game from Resident Evil creator Shinji Mikami and his studio Tango Gameworks, was announced by Bethesda today during its pre-E3 "Bethesdaland" event with a batshit crazy trailer, set to a schizophrenic cover version of Duran Duran's 1993 hit "Ordinary World."
Pitched by Mikami and his team as a "story of redemption," the new game continues the story of Detective Sebastian Castellanos as he tries to rescue his daughter Lily and put his life back together after the horrific events of The Evil Within. In this new story, he is forced to partner with the sinister organization from the previous game – Mobius – and enter one of its creepy creations called Union. If you played the original, you'll remember them as the company responsible for STEM, a machine designed to link all of humanity's minds so they can controlled by a centralized system.
This first trailer is a mix of cinematics and arty CG that seems to borrow heavily from the opening title sequence of Westworld – but there's no gameplay footage yet. Expect that to come later during E3 after the game has been shown on the show floor. The first game was well received for its horror elements, atmosphere and jump scares, but it drew some criticism for some technical issues and character models that didn't look very good for a game released in the PS4-generation.
The Evil Within 2 will launch October 13 (that's a Friday – because: horror) for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.