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.
Unveiled with a slick cinematic trailer, we don’t know much yet about the full gameplay details, but we do know the game’s release date and platforms, and have a few hints about the story. Read on to find out everything we know so far about The Evil Within 2.
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When is the release date?
The Evil Within 2 is out in the UK and US from 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 have opened for The Evil Within 2, so you can reserve a copy of the game from most major game retailers. In the UK, Amazon and Game are both offering the game at £49.99 on console and £39.99 on PC, though PC players can get a cheaper digital copy from Green Man Gaming for just £35.99.
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.
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 it looks like there’ll be a big emphasis on the psychological side, with hallucinatory sequences and locations to mess with Sebastian’s (and players’) heads.