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Apr 25 2013 3:30pm

Gaming Roundup: A Master Returns to His Roots

Bethesda finally drew back the curtain on their latest project this week, and fans of the survival horror genre should be very, very happy. Shinji Makami, creator of the Resident Evil and Dino Crisis franchises, is returning to his survival horror roots with his new game, The Evil Within, in hopes of steering a genre he sees as slightly off-course back in the right direction.

According to IGN, The Evil Within sees the player take on the role of Sebastian, a detective investigating a homicide at an inner-city asylum. Needless to say, things go horribly awry for our hero and he finds himself quickly bound and strung up in the mental hospital at the mercy of various murderous, unspeakable things.

Makami sees his game as an opportunity to restore true survival horror in gaming: “Survival horror has been drifting away from what makes it survival horror. And so I want to bring it back. Bring back survival horror to where it was.” Accordingly, the game focuses on creating a theatrical, intimate, claustrophobic environment that serves to disorient and displace the player at every turn—unannounced switches in setting are reportedly influenced by the architectural design of the Winchester House.

Mikami’s team is certainly aware that it’s much harder to scare the average gamer today, and they’re doing their best to ensure that The Evil Within will not fall short on the scares front. This includes ensuring that the player isn’t empowered with any “extraordinary powers” and the familiar survival horror staple of limited weapons and ammo on hand.

We’ll be following Bethesda’s latest offering closely as development progresses, but in the meantime, check out the trailer below.

In other gaming news this week, the new Batman: Arkham game will have a multiplayer mode, Beyond: Two Souls goes heavy on the story, and we get a date for the official next-gen Xbox reveal. Read on!

  • A landmark, of sorts, for the Xbox this week, as the launch of their new Pizza Hut app marks the first time an entertainment app “has allowed for the purchase and delivery of physical goods.” Well, we suppose it’ll do until Xbox comes to an app agreement with restaurants that provide real food...
  • Kotaku is reporting that the next Batman: Arkham game, Origins, will include a multiplayer gameplay mode in which you may (and we stress that this is as of yet unconfirmed) have the ability to play as a member of Bane or Joker’s gang in an attempt to take down Batman and Robin. Rumored playable henchmen include Killer Croc, Deadshot, Black Mask, and Deathstroke, among others.
  • For those commenters asking after the fate of the Darksiders franchise post-THQ bankruptcy: some good news! Nordic Games, developers of the Painkiller franchise, purchased the Darksiders IP, as well as several others including Red Faction, from THQ during the course of their bankruptcy auction. Nordic appears to have big plans for Darksiders, so chances of seeing another game in the franchise are pretty good.
  • In related news, Gearbox Software landed the Homeworld IP in the same auction. 
  • Let the inner-12-year-old-boy in you rejoice—the Leisure Suit Larry HD remake launches May 31.
  • The script for Quantic Dream’s Beyond: Two Souls, the studio’s follow-up to the surprise hit Heavy Rain, currently runs about 2000 pages long. Heavy story investment, indeed. The game, which features the voice talent of Ellen Page and Willem Dafoe, is scheduled for release on October 8.


If there are games you’d like us to cover or blogs you think we should be following for more news, please let us know @tdelucci or @pritpaulbains.

3 comments
beerofthedark
1. beerofthedark
Aren't asylums a little overdone in the horror genre by now? Especially with what looks like a genuinely frightening asylum based horror game (Outlast) out as well.
Matt Marquez
2. mmarquez
I'm a big baby for horror games. I have Amnesia sitting on my computer but I'm too scared to start it up. That new Batman game now, that looks exciting.
Pritpaul Bains
3. Kickpuncher
@1 - I tend to agree but I can't say that I've personally grown tired of the setting yet - they hold a certain fascination for me that is as of yet unmitigated. Outlast certainly does look fantastic, though.

@2 - Amnesia is a spectacular game but definitely not for the faint-of-heart. I don't scare easy and that game had me whimpering on my desk at times, especially with the right sound system.

Arkham Origins is intriguing - I'm finally getting around to playing Asylum and City - but I'm a bit concerned about the fact that it's not being developed by the original studio. Hopefully that won't be too much of a factor.

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