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Bethesda unveils Shinji Mikami's new survival horror game

By James Brightman

Bethesda unveils Shinji Mikami's new survival horror game

Fri 19 Apr 2013 2:41pm GMT / 10:41am EDT / 7:41am PDT

The creator of Resident Evil is looking to unleash his new title sometime next year

It won't be too much longer for Bethesda's partnership with Tango Gameworks to bear some fruit. Today, the publisher finally announced what Resident Evil creator Shinji Mikami has been working on: The Evil Within. The new survival horror title is currently slated for release on Xbox 360, PS3, PC and next-gen consoles sometime in 2014.

"We're incredibly proud to announce The Evil Within," Mikami said. "My team and I are committed to creating an exciting new franchise, providing fans the perfect blend of horror and action."

Resident Evil, as a franchise, has sold over 50 million units for Capcom. While that video game staple has gotten a bit long in the tooth, Bethesda is hoping to capitalize on the genre with a fresh take from Mikami. Bethesda has excelled at single-player games that sell well, like Skyrim and Dishonored, and it's possible that The Evil Within will remain single-player as well - although there's no indication one way or another on that just yet.

Bethesda has issued a two-minute teaser trailer. Unfortunately, it's all live-action, but it at least sets the tone for Mikami's title.

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M.H. Williams Staff Writer, USgamer

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The Evil Within looks like a great horror movie. It's cool that Bethesda is letting Shinji Mikami make a movie.

Joking aside, I'm saddened there's not even a hint of gameplay in the trailer. Alas.

Posted:3 years ago

Its a tried and true hype marketing appraoch that worked well for Blizzard and such. When there is nothing to be able to show yet, do a classy live action trailer to imaginate the audience into the world of.....

works all the time for me.
Just look at Dead Island...

Posted:3 years ago


Greg Wilcox Creator, Destroy All Fanboys!

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And of course, on other sites and boards, some are already criticizing the game stupidly for not showing gameplay (it's too early to see anything, I'd bet) and (oh, brother) using the word EVIL in the title as if Capcom has it trademarked. Yeesh. Well, I'm liking this a lot and hopefully, it will be putting us all under the couch with the cat, dog and a baseball bat because we're too creeped out to proceed past a certain point.

I have the feeling that it's going to be a more Silent Hill type of experience, given the brain/barbed wire image and the oddball monsters in that teaser (some of which are inspired by a few films from what I can see)...

Posted:3 years ago


Ruben Monteiro Engineer

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Oh look a survival horror game. How refreshing and original!

Posted:3 years ago


Kingman Cheng Illustrator and Animator

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Indeed Chee, I think this has a lot of potential if they're going to try and return to an actual survivor horror, as opposed to an action fest.

But with nothing to actually show it's got serious Dead Island syndrome vibes...

Posted:3 years ago


Greg Wilcox Creator, Destroy All Fanboys!

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I'd say the only major issue I see here is the reliance on so many SKUs for this new IP. I'm sure the game will do well, but I have to wonder what the sales target is for the combination of five (or six) platforms across two console generations. I'm not sure that it's so wise to bet the farm (or half the barn wall) on Tango making an already crowded genre suddenly come back to life, but we shall see...

And as no one has seen gameplay yet, getting snarky is a bit meaningless this early in development. The live-action video shown is there to yep, draw interest... so now that's over with it's time to see if the gameplay is anything interesting or more of the same...

Posted:3 years ago


Tim Ogul Illustrator

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I don't mind film trailers early in the process, but obviously they'll need some gameplay demos eventually. IT'd be nice if they released two trailers, one of each.

Posted:3 years ago


Greg Wilcox Creator, Destroy All Fanboys!

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I guess IGN will take care of the gameplay part when they have that Monday whatever it is coming up... Since the game is coming next year, I don't mind waiting...

Posted:3 years ago


Adam Jordan Community Management/Moderation

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I'm sensing a Resident Evil meets Silent Hill meets Saw but that's just from the trailer and considering all three have movie counterparts already, it's no surprise either that it feels that way with a live action trailer

Unlike other gamers (Those that criticise for lack of gameplay) while I do think gameplay is needed to sell the game, I'm not going to badger Beth Soft and Tango for it, after all it will be in the pipeline and on the to-do list. What I want to know will they set about making this "survival horror" a different experience to all the others.

As much as I enjoyed Dead Island in co-op...there was no "survival horror" at all, just hilarious consequences and the odd "WHO DO YOU VOODOO BITCH?!" being yelled down the mic at friends while bashing a zombie in the head with a sledgehammer and we all know how different the game was to the trailer (As much as the trailer rocked)

Posted:3 years ago

I wouldnt mind some live action Dead Space trailer action too, and incorporation. Horror is back in its true roots for all IPs perhaps! Look at Evil Dead (movie)

Posted:3 years ago


Klaus Preisinger Freelance Writing

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In the recesses of the mind, the corpse of my 12 years old self is slightly twitching, even though I murdered it long ago. My cold cynical self of today is confident that with mastery of gameplay systems and mechanics I shall prevail and consume another schlocky story with only a slight tingling sensation in my amygdala.

Good luck to Shinji Mikami, the timing for his IP is certainly right.

Posted:3 years ago


Rick Lopez Illustrator, Graphic Designer

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Im pretty excited about this. Just wonder why everybody is criticizing it. Nobody knows what it is yet. But the trailer has got me hyped about it. Really looking foward to a game that can actually creep me out and will actually make my character feel vulnerable. I want to be put in a situation where im literally fucked, and I have to figure out how to get out of it in none conventional means. Its hard to get scared when you have a million bullets and rockets to destroy your enemies.

Posted:3 years ago


Adam Jordan Community Management/Moderation

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I think people are only criticising because they "only got" a live action trailer that gives you no information about the game, as the reveal; rather than a trailer that features game-play.

Of course, patience is needed since Beth Soft came under fire before due to the ESO reveal and it only took them a month or two to throw out the info and some game-play trailers. In other words, no matter what is done, there will be a group nit-picking at something.

I'm more than happy to see where this goes but I can't exactly say that the live action trailer has gotten me hyped up, though another survival horror from Shinji, which is backed by Beth Soft certainly has. Especially since the game will be using ID Tech 5, meaning it's on a decent engine

Posted:3 years ago


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