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Bethesda and Tango Gameworks' The Evil Within 2 is one of the this year's most anticipated horror sequels next to Capcom's Resident Evil 7: Biohazard. In preparation for the release of the game, a new launch trailer was let loose upon the world, and boy oh boy is it bloody and disturbing.
The trailer is a foreboding piece of media. It starts with the main character, Sebastian, being distraught and fretful over not being able to save his daughter, Lily.
We then get a series of clips where Sebastian continues to get tormented over not having done more to save his daughter. The hallucinations and trippy mental images begin to weigh down on him, where early on in the trailer we see the literal writing on the wall accusing Sebastian of not having believed his wife about the truth regarding his daughter. It accuses him of refusing "to see".
That's when The Evil Within 2's launch trailer goes further off the deep end. We see Sebastian's daughter, engulfed in flames, staring into the camera while her skin is burned off and her eyes are discolored.
We then get a bit more detail about the story, with the trailer revealing that Sebastian heads to a town called Union to find his not-quite-dead daughter. Along the way, we see clips of some of the monstrosities he'll face off against, as well as a few unlikely allies who he ends up teaming up with, including someone who looks like Lance Reddick, though it's not, he's in Destiny 2 instead.
Visually, the game combines a lot of traditional Japanese horror themes with plenty of Western and Eastern influences, such as Tarsem Singh's The Cell and Tran Anh Hung's I Come With The Rain. In fact, during the very early parts of the game, anyone who remembers that iconic scene with Jennifer Lopez falling into the weightless air will instantly recognize an identical sequence involving Sebastian falling weightlessly into absolute nothing when he enters into STEM.
Just like the original Evil Within, the sequel brings back all manner of grotesque and unique monsters for players to face off against. Character upgrades are also present, but this time the designers borrowed a lot from Naughty Dog's The Last of Us when it comes to scavenging for supplies and crafting. It's not something that's focused on in the trailer, but it's present in the main game.
The trailer itself wanted to remind gamers that this is a true survival-horror experience and that it will be a bloody and disturbing ride.
The trailer ends with enough mystery and intrigue to keep gamers guessing just up until they get their hands on The Evil Within 2 this Friday.