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What You Need to Know About The Evil Within 2

The Evil Within 2 was announced by Bethesda Softworks during its annual Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) press conference earlier this week.

Details are slim at this point but we do know that it will turn the spooky dial all the way to the maximum. Here is everything there is to know about the upcoming game, but do expect the publisher to drop in new information in the coming months.

Who is heading the project?
The Evil Within 2 is being developed by Tango Gameworks, the same studio that previously brought us the original third-person psychological survival horror game back in 2014. It has Shinji Mikami, founder of the studio and creator of Resident Evil, at the helm. His involvement guarantees an authentic experience for fans who enjoyed the first game, as well as for those who are familiar with his work.

What is it about?
The Evil Within 2 is a direct sequel but is based on events that precede the first game. Sebastian Castellanos is back and must face his demons once again. Years ago, the police detective lost his daughter Lily in a tragic house fire. The incident left him broken and his wife left him shortly after. Life continued to fall into a downward spiral for Castellanos, leading up to the grisly murders of the Beacon Mental Hospital.

Having barely survived the nightmarish world created inside the mind of a killer, no one was willing to believe the deranged story of the police detective. As a result, Castellanos lost his job. It has been three years since then, and he has spent every minute trying to track down the people responsible for what happened at Beacon Mental Hospital.

Now, Castellanos is faced with an opportunity for redemption. Juli Kidman from the first game reveals that Lily is still alive and being used by the organization known as Mobius to create another nightmarish world through STEM, a machine capable of uniting minds into one.

However, the only way to save Lily is to jump right back into hell. It is a decision that Castellanos will not think twice about. He will journey into STEM once again to find his precious daughter and defeat whatever new evil stands in the way.

What is the new setting?
Those who played the first game would know that while STEM merges different minds, one remains as the core. The Evil Within 2 is set in Union, a crumbling city built using the mind of Lily. It is implied that Castellanos will not only have to deal with all sorts of untold evil but also demons created by his daughter. Hence, the narrative will have its fair share of emotional junctures.

What can we expect from the gameplay?
According to Tango Gameworks, the sequel will feature claustrophobic environments similar to the first installment. It will, though, depart from the linear design and feature a few areas that allow players to explore at their own pace. Expect side-quests and several secrets that offer clues to uncovering the motive of Mobius.

The Evil Within 2 will rely less on the frequent branching options from the first game and more on a balanced but good story-telling. It is still a survival horror experience, meaning that players will have to manage limited resources and carefully plan their next move.

Castellanos has a new communicator device this time around, which will allow him to access the real world and process information fed directly by Kidman. The device will also act as a guide for players to move through Union, highlighting points of interest. The developer has teased that Castellanos will be able to stay updated on the state of Lily, perhaps meaning that at some point he will be able to communicate with his daughter.

What about other improvements?
The original installment suffered from a few frame-rate issues. With The Evil Within 2 focusing on current-generation consoles and beefier desktop systems, we can hope to see better performance outputs across each platform.

The first game was powered by the company’s proprietary id Tech 5 game engine. It is unknown if the sequel will be utilizing the latest id Tech 6 iteration. It probably is, leading to improved visual fidelity and features missing from before.

What are the platforms and release dates?
The Evil Within 2 is scheduled for release on October 13 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. It is currently available for pre-order on all three platforms. Take note that Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus, another major title from Bethesda Softworks, will arrive just a couple of weeks after.