Shinji Mikami’s survival horror title The Evil Within may be getting a sequel, if a recent job listing is to be believed. According to the posting, the title is preparing to enter the QA and translation phase, which could mean gamers will see The Evil Within 2 make an appearance during Bethesda’s E3 2017 Press Conference.
While the original job listing is in Japanese, its translation gives gamers a few pieces of information about the sequel. For starters, the game is reportedly coming to Xbox One and PS4, which is to be expected.
Of course, any news regarding The Evil Within 2 should be treated as a rumor until Bethesda or developer Tango Gameworks say something official. It's just as possible that someone put together a job posting for Psychobreak 2, Evil Within's title in Japan (think Biohazard and Resident Evil), simply as a form of wish fulfillment.
That being said, it’s a safe bet to assume Tango Gameworks is working on a new game; the studio hasn’t been heard from in a while and Bethesda seems to value The Evil Within property.
The first The Evil Within released in 2014, but was a split-platform release. The title had some missteps, according to reviews, but overall it appeared as if Mikami’s team found a formula that blended survival and psychological horror in an inventive way. At a time when Resident Evil was favoring a more action heavy approach, The Evil Within offered something a little closer to the earlier RE games.
However, now that Resident Evil 7 has released to positive reviews it will be interesting to see how The Evil Within 2 can expand out its own fan base. Not that it needs to, the survival horror genre is not as oversaturated as some other genres, but The Evil Within’s main appeal was offering an experience that, at the time, Resident Evil wasn't.
For now it’s best to wait and see whether Bethesda says anything official regarding The Evil Within 2 in the coming months, but the more likely place for a big reveal is this year’s E3. Starting in 2015, Bethesda began hosting its own pre-E3 press conference and played host to reveals like Fallout 4 gameplay and the official debut of Prey.
Without any known properties in the works, this year’s conference is a mystery, but The Evil Within 2 might be at least a part of the presentation, if not a cornerstone. Look for more info in June.
The Evil Within 2 has not been officially confirmed by developer Tango Gameworks or publisher Bethesda.