The Evil Within, the next survival horror game from Resident Evil creator Shinji Mikami, will be arriving this summer. Publisher Bethesda announced an August release date for the game on PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360 and PC.
Bethesda announced on on their blog that they'll release the game on August 26th in North America. The European launch date will follow on the 29th. The game's release is simultaneous across all platforms. Bethesda's not going to pull a Ubisoft and delay the PC version for two weeks for S's and G's.
Evil Within stars a detective named Sebastian Castellanos. Sebastian and his partners arrive at an insane asylum, the scene of a mass murder, and are attacking by an unknown evil. He's knocked unconscious and wakes up deep within the asylum. He has to fight off or evade the monsters that inhabit the hospital while also uncovering the mystery.
The survival horror genre has been in a slump lately. Dead Space and Resident Evil, two of the more popular franchises in the genre, have morphed into action series to increase sales. Mikami envisions his game as a return to survival horror's roots.
"This is pure survival horror," Mikami said during an E3 preview. "You will experience unimaginable fears, and then the triumph of overcoming those fears."
While Sebastian does get weapons, his ammunition is limited. The monsters can take a lot of damage before perishing, too. Stealth is key to surviving the game.
The Evil Within will be the first game released by Tango Gameworks. The studio was founded by Mikami in 2010. ZeniMax Media, parent company of Bethesda, purchased Tango later that year.