There were plenty of big announcements at Bethesda’s E3 conference, but one of the most stylistic and impressive trailers shown was for The Evil Within 2. This, of course, is the follow-up to Bethesda’s survival horror cult hit The Evil Within. For those unfamiliar with the original game, it was the brain child of Resident Evil series creator, Shinji Mikami. This marked the return of Shinji Mikami’s work on horror games since departing ways with Capcom after his work on Resident Evil 4, which many consider being the best game in the franchise.
So let’s talk about that trailer. For starters if you were confused as to what you were seeing while watching the trailer then don’t worry, we all were. The Evil Within does not feature a very straight and narrow plot and can actually be quite confusing if you aren’t paying attention. The trailer opened with returning protagonist Sebastian trapped in a hallway with what looks to be a new enemy introduced in this game. As the trailer continues we are given several shots of strange gothic imagery as another returning character Juli begins talking to Sebastian about the events of the first game.
Through this narration, we learn that it has been three years since the events of the last game have taken place. Unsatisfied with the mysteries that still remain at large, Sebastian has taken it upon himself to try and track down MOBIUS the organization that is responsible for funding the experiment known as STEM. As Juli continues to explain, Sebastian’s daughter who we discovered died long before the events of the first game is somehow still alive. And in order to save her, Sebastian must reconnect to STEM and re-enter the nightmare world that he narrowly escaped before.
The trailer then gives us a glimpse of nightmarish imagery showing Sebastian’s daughter in a house fire as well as her funeral all of which are accompanied by a pretty awesome cover of Duran Duran’s “Ordinary World”. Stil, several questions remain unanswered after viewing this trailer. Like where is Ruvik (the antagonist that supposedly escaped from STEM in the first game), can we trust Juli after discovering where her loyalty lies, and has Sebastian even escaped STEM himself or is all of this still in his head while he is connected to STEM?
It looks like we will have answers soon enough as the game hits PS4, Xbox One, and PC on October 13th, later this year. If you haven’t played the first game, now is a great time to catch up and find out why so many survival horror fans hold a special place for Shinji Mikami’s new series. For all things E3 2017 and more updates on The Evil Within 2 keep checking back with us here at WTFGamersonly.