Mike tries not to soil anything as he gets amped up for The Evil Within
2014 has been rather promising in the horror game stakes this year so far. With Daylight and Outlast: Whistleblower already being released. The stage has been set for Shinji Mikami to come along and scare the sh*t out of us like he did with Resident Evil. His latest game ‘The Evil Within’ is one of my most anticipated games of 2014 so Bethesda’s press release today is a case of good news / bad news.
The bad news is that The Evil Within will now be released in Europe on the 24th of October 2014. Bethesda say the that the team have asked for additional time to “further balance and refine the game in order to deliver the polished, terrifying pure survival horror experience they set out to create”. Judging from the gameplay footage and screenshots I’ve allowed myself to see – I’m trying not to spoil a thing for myself – The Evil Within already looks terrifying so if a little more time is going to polish it even further, then I for one am good with that.
On the good news side of things, details were released of a pre-order pack that will give you various in game items. The fighting chance pack will include:
• A medical kit to enable Sebastian to fight on.
• Green gel to upgrade Sebastian’s attributes – we imagine this to be a free upgrade at the beginning of the game.
• A Double barrel shotgun with three shells – we imagine this to be available to everyone who plays the game, but you will have it from the get go
• An Incendiary Agony Bolt – apparently capable of showering nearby enemies with fire sparks.
• A Poison Agony Bolt – like the incendiary bolt except poisonous. It also attracts enemies which will allow Sebastian to escape sticky situations
Bethesda also released another trailer highlighting the new release date and Fighting Chance pack details. The video also contains footage of some lucky people playing parts of the game and getting rather distressed doing so. Although it does not reveal too much, the little snatches of gameplay and the peoples’ reactions are reassurance that Shinji Mikami and his team are on the right path and our excitement for The Evil Within is not misplaced. And while we need to wait until the end of October for the finished article, it will be interesting to see if we get some more teasers at E3 this year.