The Resident Evil franchise might be attempting a return to its survival horror roots in the upcoming title Resident Evil: Revelations 2, but Resident Evil's creator Shinji Mikami is exploring the genre in his own new IP, The Evil Within. The first title to be produced by Mikami's new development company, Tango Gameworks, The Evil Within is a third-person survival horror game that follows police detective Sebastian Castellanos as he and his colleagues are drawn into a nightmarish supernatural world.
The Evil Within faces a bigger challenge than the original Resident Evil did, since it's being born into a world where survival horror - particularly survival horror that involves sinister abandoned asylums and mansions with blood-spattered walls and gibbering maniacs running around - has been thriving. The game will be jostling for attention alongside releases like Alien: Isolation and following in the footsteps of indie successes like Outlast and Amnesia: The Dark Descent.
Based on the footage that we've seen so far, the closest comparison to The Evil Within in recent memory is probably sci-fi horror Dead Space, which similarly mixed heavy gore with action and spectacle. The latest gameplay trailer for The Evil Within puts particular emphasis on these three elements, juxtaposing the horrific environments of the world that Sebastian finds himself in with images of more serene surroundings and throwing the unlucky detective into the path of hideous monsters and deadly traps alike.
The Evil Within is also thematically reminiscent of certain entries in the Silent Hill series, since Sebastian appears to be trapped inside a darker world where everything is not as it seems, and solving the central mystery will necessitate getting his hands dirty. The main antagonist, voiced by Jackie Earle Haley and heard in the voiceover for this trailer, is Ruvik - a mysterious, disfigured man in a white hood who stalks Sebastian throughout the game and has deadly supernatural abilities.
Although The Evil Within generated enough scares for a reaction reel, Game Rant's hands-on preview of the game at E3 2014 was more creepy than overtly terrifying. It's possible that the noisy action elements seen in this trailer may end up detracting from the kind of nerve-jangling quiet terror that's really effective in survival horror games, but we're still looking forward to playing The Evil Within next month.
The Evil Within releases October 14, 2014 for PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.