Horror game fans can now check out The Evil Within for free. Publisher Bethesda has released a demo of the PC version through Steam.
The 10GB demo includes the first three chapters of the game. Players will be introduced to Detective Sebastian “Seb” Castellanos. The game starts with him investigating a mass murder at a mental institution. However, he soon finds himself trapped in a twisted world inhabited by monsters. If you decide to purchase the game after playing the demo, your progress will carry over from the trial so you won't have to replay those chapters.
Bethesda is also offering an extra incentive to gamers who buy the PC version: Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth. Dark Corners is a 2006 first-person shooter based on the work of horror author H. P. Lovecraft. The player is Jack Walters, a private investigator trying to locate a missing person in 1922. His investigation soon brings him into conflict with a mysterious doomsday cult and the creatures they worship. Players will use traditional weapons as well as supernatural technology to defeat these enemies. He also has to prevent these horrors from driving him insane.
Furthermore, Bethesda has put the The Evil Within Season Pass on sale. It's now priced at $9.99 instead of the usual $19.99 until November 6th. The Pass will give players access to three DLC packs to be released at a future date. The first two star Juli Kidman, Sebastian's partner, as they face new enemies in never-before-seen areas. The final DLC pack will allow players to become monster the Keeper in a series of standalone missions.
The PC version of The Evil Within received some strong criticism at launch for technical issues. PC owners weren't happy that the game was locked at 30fps and forced a 2.5:1 aspect ratio. The latter meant that a good portion of the screen was taken up by black boxes at the top and bottom. The developers have since released console commands to let players edit these settings, though. They also pushed out a patch this week to fix some problems that result from tinkering with visual options.
The Evil Within was released on October 13th. The game is also available on PS3, Xbox 360, PS4 and Xbox One. It's the first release by Tango Gameworks, the studio founded by Resident Evil creator Shinji Mikami.