Shinji Mikami, the grandfather of the survival-horror genre, is back with a new game... the sequel to The Evil Within. The game was unveiled during Bethesda's E3 press conference and it was accompanied by an extremely sad but very compelling pop song. I guess that lets you know that the game is going to be good because everything that's cool has a sad pop song these days, right?
The video trailer for the game starts with a sort of liquid wax vat where faces and then transitions into a dream-like sequence where we see the previous games' protagonist, Sebastian Castellanos. We learn that after the events of the original Evil Within, Sebastian is still out seeking the whereabouts of his missing daughter. The setting takes place many years after the events of the original game, where we find out that Sebastian must engage with STEM again and dive back into the psychotic world of the human psyche.
Unfortunately, the trailer does absolutely nothing to explain to us what's really going on, but it's two minutes of pure visual horror psychedelics.
The music starts with Duran Duran's "Ordinary World" but then morphs and evolves into a cover version of that song. Unfortunately, the YouTube community was unable to pin down the exact artist who captured the melancholy rendition of the popular pop classic, but a few of them pointed toward Damon Albarn from Gorillaz and the alternative rock band, Red.
It's hard to put into words exactly all of the symbolism and imagery that's on display in the trailer because some of it seems impossible to describe accurately. I mean, there's a creature with a camera for a face that crawls on the wall to watch Sebastian. We see a preacher in the woods with Sebastian's daughter where the two of them calmly ignite on fire in front of the parish. There are repeated scenes of the wax vat with faces and monsters emerging from within.
In a way the game seems to play very heavily on traumas that burden the mind in a hyper-realistic environment with surrealistic themes. Most people couldn't help but call the trailer "artistic", despite all the horror imagery.
Tthe trailer does not showcase gameplay, but during Bethesda E3 conference we did actually get to see small snippets of some exploration and combat. It's identical to the setup from the original Evil Within, but it looks like some of the aiming and controls are a bit faster and there are definitely a lot more enemies on screen.
There are details on a bit more of what's new and what the story involves over on the Bethesda web portal. So fans a bit more interested in the lore can definitely check that out.
You can look for The Evil Within 2 to launch for the Xbox One, PS4 and PC starting October 13th later this fall.