Shinji Mikami’s next survival horror game, The Evil Within, looks to scare even the bravest players. Mikami is perhaps most known for his work on Resident Evil 4, one of the most influential games of the 2000s. The Evil Within appears to channel many of the gameplay elements and aesthetics that made Resident Evil such a success.
Players will assume the role of Sebastian Castellanos, a detective called to a mental hospital where a gruesome mass murder has just taken place. Sebastian is soon ambushed inside the mansion and wakes up to find himself in a terrifying new world filled with hideous monsters and other terrifying sights. To survive the night, players will need to uncover the mysteries behind the evil forces at play.
Adding to the difficulty is that players won’t have an unlimited supply of ammunition like they did in one of Mikami’s previous games, 2010’s underrated shooter, Vanquish. Instead, players will have to scavenge constantly if they want to survive while also compensating for Sebastian’s nerves, as his aim will become less reliable the more danger he is in.
Sometimes the best solution will be to run, and this is especially true when confronted with the game’s antagonist, Ruvik, a ghost-like character who will occasionally threaten the player. He can’t be hurt in any way and has the ability to bring Sebastian within an inch of his life in a single touch.
Jackie Earle Haley, known for his portrayal of Rorschach in Watchmen, provides the voice for Ruvik, and he isn’t the only high-profile actor attached with the project. Sebastian is voiced by Hell on Wheels star, Anson Mount, while Sebastian’s partner, Juli Kidman, will be voiced by Jennifer Carpenter, well known for her role as Debra Morgan in eight seasons of Showtime’s hit series, Dexter. It has also been announced that The Evil Within’s post-launch DLC will include Kidman as a playable character.
“One of the most crucial elements to any successful survival horror game is the setting and sound, which includes the depth and authenticity of the voice acting,” said Mikami. “We brought together a great cast of experienced actors to help ensure that players really believe our characters’ emotions and the tension they feel in every scene.”
Mikami has already proven himself the master of creating truly unique and creepy worlds and it looks like The Evil Within will not be an exception to that rule.
The Evil Within is set to release on October 14, 2014 in North America on Playstation 3, Playstation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and PC. Are you excited for Shinji Mikami’s next game? Let us know in the comments!