After a recent leak on Reddit, Bethesda went on and revealed The Evil Within 2 during their Bethesdaland E3 press conference. Judging from the trailer, it looks like it will be just as trippy, if not more, than the first game. Unlike the first game, the sequel might have a stronger story focus thanks to the father and daughter element.
While the first game earned some praise for it’s gameplay and levels, the constant insanity made for a weak story. Some fans felt like the crazy situations were done so that it would feel like a big horror game. Most fans ended up staying for the Resident Evil 4-style shooting, but pretty much ignored the story near the end.
The Daughter Within
Sebastian Castellanos is the protagonist once again in The Evil Within 2, but this time he has a dead daughter. This might feel cheap, since the first game didn’t bring this up at all, only showing that he was depressed. It could add an emotional core that the first game was lacking, since it felt like horror for horror’s sake.
Keeping the trippy and crazy nature of the first game, while adding an emotional core could make the sequel better. Even the trailer shows promise, thanks to some though provoking visuals and a genuinely decent jump scare in the end. Here is hoping that the game has a more interesting story and doesn’t warp players to random areas for insanity.
Evil Within 2 has a few advantages over the first, aside from the possible emotional core that the original lacked. From what was seen in the trailer, the levels look much more open now, with more enemies on-screen than before. The first game was developed for last-gen and current-gen, so the sequel’s focus on modern systems is for the best. Obviously, the visuals are better, which isn’t a huge surprise since the first was a decent looking horror game.
Former Capcom director Shinji Mikami is on-board this project, saying the story is “compelling” and each stage is “very unique.” Mikami was responsible for a number of creative titles, including Killer 7, Viewtiful Joe and the revolutionary Resident Evil 4.
The Evil Within 2 is set for release this year, on October 13 for the PS4, Xbox One and Windows PC. October 13 is Friday the 13th, so it’s a fitting way to get fans interested in the title. Fans can get the first Evil Within now, along with the additional DLC campaigns.