Originally set to release this August, The Evil Within, the new horror game opus from Resident Evil creator, Shinji Mikami, has unfortunately been delayed to October 21st of this year. It was originally set to release at the end of this August.
This will give the ambitious survival-horror game an appropriate release around Halloween. Publisher, Bethesda has confirmed that the delay simply came as a result of Mikami and his team at fledgling developer, Tango Gameworks requesting more time to make certain that The Evil Within is as polished and well-designed as it can possibly be.
The Evil Within is being designed both as a way for Mikami to return to the survival-horror genre properly with an ambitious triple-A horror game, and a way to attack the perception that big horror game releases can’t be successful. This perception has led to a sharp decline in big-budget survival-horror games, which have become virtually non-existent since the era of the Gen-6 consoles, the Sega Dreamcast, Nintendo GameCube, PlayStation 2 and original Xbox.
Despite the seemingly inexplicable publisher paradigm that horror games don’t sell however, with even survival-horror darlings, Resident Evil and Silent Hill gaining more of an action focus in recent years (the former especially), horror games have been remarkably successful in the indie game circuit. Beloved indie horror titles on the PC like Slender, Amnesia, Outlast and more have quickly become YouTube sensations, with YouTube videos of frightened, exaggerated player reactions serving as unofficial, and highly effective viral advertising from Let’s Play personalities, as well as independent game reviewers and vloggers.
The Evil Within meanwhile centers on detective, Sebastian Castellanos, who becomes trapped in a twisted world of squeamish, cerebral horror after rushing with his police partners to a gruesome murder scene. Sebastian’s objective is to find his partners and escape the evil place that they’ve found themselves lost in, with the cops tormented by unstoppable monsters that they can’t seem to take down.
The Evil Within may have been delayed to October, but it is still set to release simultaneously on the same array of platforms. It will come to PC, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.
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