Resident Evil creator Shinji Mikami needs more time to fine-tune his upcoming survival-horror creation. This is according to video game publisher Bethesda, who recently announced The Evil Within — originally slated for this August — will now rise from Tango Gamework’s digital crypt at the end of October in North America, Australia, and the UK.
Bethesda insists the delay will ensure a more honed, horror gaming adventure, explaining, “Shinji Mikami and his team at Tango Gameworks 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.”
As proof that Mikami and his crew are on track to meeting that goal, the studio released a brand new trailer for The Evil Within depicting real-life players flinching, gasping, and cursing their way through some of the game’s more shocking moments. Check out the faces you’ll be making this fall in the video embedded below:
The trailer includes details on a pre-order incentive called the Fighting Chance Pack. As the name suggests, the downloadable freebie will give players an edge in battle by supplying them with a free medical kit, double-barreled shotgun, incendiary agony bolt and poison agony bolt, and a dollop of green gel to upgrade their main character’s skills.
The Evil Within was originally announced in 2012 under the codename “Project Zwei” and follows Detective Sebastian Castellanos as he attempts to survive a nightmarish world of zombies, monsters, and other foul creatures after a routine murder investigation turns terribly, terribly (terribly) wrong.
In a 2013 interview with Edge, Mikami noted the game will place more emphasis on the “survival” side of the survival-horror genre, hinting, “The scariest parts will be when you encounter enemies that cannot be killed with a gun. Even if you shoot them they won’t die, so you’ll have to run or use a trap to beat them. That should be fun – and also scary.”
Barring any further delays, The Evil Within will re-animate horror gaming this October for a number of systems including PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, and PC.
Contributing author Matt Bradford is a regular co-host of Zombie Cast; a weekly podcast discussing all things zombie, horror and pop culture.