Published on April 20th, 2013 | by David Chandler7
Bethesda and Shinji Mikami’s The Evil Within…and the Trailer Without
Bethesda has read from its Elder Scroll to deliver news about the publisher’s new game, and we’re all dealing with the Fallout. Okay, enough misleading puns. The new title is neither of those things.
It’s a survival horror game called The Evil Within from Shinji Mikami, the mind behind Resident Evil and Resident Evil 4, the latter of which is one of my favorite games. Mikami and his team at Tango Gameworks are “committed to creating an exciting new franchise, providing fans the perfect blend of horror and action.” It’s a tall order, considering how such combinations so often tend to favor one side over the other, but if Mikami and company can strike the same sweet spot that Resident Evil 4 hits, I’ll be more than impressed.
So far, only a live-action teaser trailer has been released, with the promise of more details to come:
If you’ve taken my recent advice about trailers (and, let’s be honest, who the hell shouldn’t?), you may already be a bit skeptical that there’s no gameplay at all. Since it’s a horror game, a genre in which atmosphere is in the upper echelon of aesthetic importance, I’d say the trailer has that in clichéd spades. Beautiful music by J. S. Bach used for juxtaposition? Check. Lightning fast montage of surreal and terrifying images? You betcha. Inexplicable character with geometric shape replacing its cranium? Suck it Pyramid Head. Sleeplessness as a result of viewing? I refuse to answer on account of my restlessness.
Clearly the ambiguous trailer is congruent with Peter Hines’ comment earlier this week that the Bethesda will be ”making considerably more noise this year than we did last year, as a publisher.” I’m hoping some of that noise will carry news of a next-gen Fallout game, but that will likely come from the development side of the company.
The Evil Within is set to come out on Playstation 3, Xbox 360, PC, and next-gen systems. We’ll keep you updated as more news escapes.