The Evil Within 2 was one of Bethesda’s biggest announcements at E3 2017, confirming longstanding rumours about a sequel to the acclaimed psychological horror game.
Since the unveiling of a slick cinematic trailer, we now know the game’s release date and platforms, and what the game has to offer in terms of story and gameplay. Read on to find out everything we know so far about The Evil Within 2, or head to our preview to find out what we think from playing through one of the game’s early segments.
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Release date: 13 October 2017
Genre: Survival horror
Developer: Tango Gameworks
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC
When is the release date?
The Evil Within 2 is out in the UK and US from tomorrow, 13 October 2017. That might not sound all that significant until you remember that, like most games, it’s coming out on a Friday. The 13th. Geddit?
Can I pre-order The Evil Within 2?
Pre-orders are available for The Evil Within 2 until midnight tonight, so you can reserve a copy of the game from most major game retailers (and with a special pre-order bonus too!). In the UK, Amazon and Game are both offering the game at £39.99 on console and £39.99 on PC, though PC players can get a cheaper digital copy from Green Man Gaming for just £31.99.
If you pre-order, you’ll get a leg up in-game in the form of the Last Chance Pack, which includes the Burst Handgun, Crafting Supplies, and Medical Supplies.
Oh, and if you missed out on the original, you can pick up a copy relatively cheaply now to make sure you’re ready for the sequel.
Can I play The Evil Within 2 at midnight tonight?
If you don’t want to wait until tomorrow morning to head out and grab a copy of The Evil Within 2, there’s a way that you can play it at midnight. How? By buying and downloading the digital copy of the game from your console/PC’s store.
Sony, Microsoft and Steam all offer pre-loading of The Evil Within 2, and those that have already pre-ordered the game can download it right now, ready for the midnight launch.
If you’re interested but are yet to buy it, simply pre-order The Evil Within 2 from either the PlayStation Store (£49.99), Microsoft Store (£49.99) or Steam (£39.99). Green Man Gaming also has a Steam key for the game at a cheaper price, only £31.99.
Will there be DLC?
Bethesda hasn’t yet announced any DLC plans for The Evil Within 2, but we can almost certainly expect some.
The first Evil Within game had three DLC packs – two story-based and one challenge pack – and also bundled them together in a Season Pass, so we’re expecting to see something similar from the sequel.
What is the gameplay like?
So what actually is The Evil Within 2?
As you might have guessed from the name, it’s a sequel to the original third-person survival horror title, which has a pretty heavy focus on some seriously nasty gore.
Like the first game, this is created by Shinji Mikami, who directed Resident Evil, Dino Crisis, and Resident Evil 4, so he has some serious survival horror chops.
Once again, you’ll play as Detective Sebastian Castellanos, who is given the chance to save his daughter Lily – who just so happens to already be dead. To do so he has to delve into the depths of Union, a town overrun with supernatural threats.
The game will mix psychological and survival horror, and will encourage players to choose how to proceed: a stealthy approach using Sebastian’s crossbow from the shadows; guns blazing with limited ammo; or simply running past the biggest threats.
The announcement trailer (at the top of the page) is mostly just CG, so doesn’t show off any actual gameplay, but there’ll be a big emphasis on the psychological side, with hallucinatory sequences and locations to mess with Sebastian’s (and players’) heads.
You can see that in action in the game’s second trailer, a profile of the mysterious photographer Stefano Valentini. He’s one of the game’s human enemies, a twisted serial killer hoping to take advantage of the sinister surroundings, but from the look of things he’ll be just as much of a threat as the game’s inhuman opponents.