One of the most exciting announcements at E3 2017 was Bethesda’s reveal of their sequel to The Evil Within.  I know that I had a lot of scary, survival horror fun with the first game, and ever since then I’ve been hoping that they would continue the series.  So I am very happy to see this announcement and am even happier that it is going to be coming out in three short months!
Bethesda released a cinematic trailer as well as a gameplay trailer, and it looks like they have kept the formula used in the first game, using a mixture of action and stealth.  The trusty crossbow makes a return, and I’m excited to see what types of bolts I’ll be able to use to set traps and destroy my enemies this time around.

From the gameplay trailer, it looks like the black bars on the top and bottom of the screen may be gone, or there may be an option to turn them off.  If this is the case, that will please a lot of gamers, as this was one of the top complaints I saw about the first game.  I don’t really care either way, because I never really noticed it as I was playing.  I think it makes more of a difference for people watching gameplay online, so perhaps the developers listened to that feedback.

Otherwise, it looks like there are lots of new locations and new enemies.  The developers mentioned in an interview that they are hoping to connect players more with Sebastian and to focus more on characterization and storytelling in The Evil Within 2.  I think this is a great direction, as this was one of the areas that could have used improvement in the first game.  I really liked the setting, premise, and mechanics, but I never cared all that much for Sebastian.  Hopefully that will change this time around.

The story is said to focus on Sebastian’s journey after the events of the first game.  He has apparently tried to go public with information about Mobius, the corporation responsible for all of this madness, but no one believed him.  Now, he is described as defeated and broken down.  It is at this point that he gets information (from his old partner-turned-pseudo-enemy Kidman) that his daughter, who he believed to be dead, is still alive.  In order to get more information and hopefully save her, he will have to go back into the STEM system.

In the first game, STEM was controlled and corrupted by Ruvik, the game’s antagonist.  In The Evil Within 2, it is unclear who is controlling STEM, but they will definitely have an effect on the world.  The locations look very different from the ones in the original game, and we will be fighting a host of new enemies.  The hands at the end of the trailer, as well as the representation of the game in the “Bethesdaland” images shown in the conference hint that we may be seeing the return of Laura from the first game.  I think it would be neat to see her return, possibly in a slightly different form, because she was definitely the most memorable boss from the first game for me.  No sign of the Keeper yet, but it would be cool to see an appearance by him as well.

We also don’t know yet whether we will see the return of the AKUMU difficulty from the first game.  It was talked about quite a bit by the community and made for a unique challenge, so I would be surprised if we don’t see AKUMU 2.0 in this one.  If so, I hope that they stick to the rules of the first game where you die in one hit but do have checkpoints.  This was frustrating at times, but you were able to progress bit by bit.  Each time you finished a section, you felt like you had done a really awesome thing.  So here’s hoping that if they do give us AKUMU again, they don’t do something ridiculous like remove the checkpoints from the game.

One thing is certain, I will be covering The Evil Within on my channel when it releases on October 13th!  I hope you are all as excited as I am!