If you've ever played one of the many recent Resident Evil video games or if you followed the film series, you're probably aware of the franchise's transition away from survival-horror and into action. It's worked well enough for a while, and the movies still earn money (with the sixth beginning to shoot next summer), but for the games, what made the brand special in the first place, as Resident Evil creator Shinji Mikami intended, has largely been lost.
That brings us to The Evil Within, a brand new intellectual property announced last year that we've been following closely on our sister site, Game Rant. The Evil Within is the terrifying byproduct of the teaming of Mikami's own studio, Tango Gameworks, and Bethesda, the publisher behind The Elder Scrolls series, the latest Fallout games, this year's Wolfenstein: The New Order and the in-development fourth Doom title.
As teased in the above new trailer, the first in a series of three, The Evil Within puts players in the shoes of police detective Sebastian Castellanos voiced by Hell On Wheels star Anson Mount as he attempts to survive and solve the mystery behind the evil that lurks in Krimson City with the help of Juli Kidman, who's played by Dexter's Jennifer Carpenter. The star-studded cast is rounded out by Jackie Earle Haley (A Nightmare on Elm Street, Watchmen) who plays Ruvik, the creepy antagonist of the game and can be seen teleporting around in the trailer.
The Evil Within is not the type of story that Castellanos can shoot his way out of, and against these monsters in these environments and situtations, we're already feeling a little unsettled. Given the need for true survival-horror experiences, The Evil Within can help fill a void in the gaming industry, one that could eventually translate into sequels and a film adaptation much like Resident Evil did years ago. With the month of October around the corner, The Evil Within is the type of Horror experience that Halloween needs.
Having had a chance to play The Evil Within this summer, we can say that the title - and creator Shinji Mikami - are going back to their survival-horror roots. We were creeped out. Interested?
The Evil Within releases October 14, 2014 for PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.
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