Send the kids out of the room, because Bethesda’s teasers have been building up to a nightmare of a game.
Bethesda has been doing its best to confuse us with a trio of short Vine video clips teasing an unknown project. Well, consider the mystery over: the publisher has spilled the beans on the game behind these enigmatic teasers, and it’s none other than the next title from Resident Evil creator Shinji Mikami. Previously known by the codename Zwei, the game is now revealed to be The Evil Within, and from the debut trailer, Mikami is certainly living up to his survival horror legacy. The trailer isn’t nearly as cryptic as the teasers have been, but be warned – it’s not for the faint of heart.
There weren’t many clues to go off of from the teasers, but the all make an appearance in the trailer. Barbed wire is a prominent motif, and we hear some of the classical music hinted at by the first Vine video. The inexplicable burning flowers from the second video are back, and as for the window on the third… well, I won’t spoil what’s on the other side of it. The bulk of the trailer, though, is devoted to a handful of disturbing characters: a man diligently twisting a length of wire in a dimly lit workshop. A hulking figure wielding a nasty-looking meat hammer, his head locked in a metal safe. A half-human woman with… honestly, I’m not sure how to describe her. I’m not even sure I want to think about it. If you want to see it for yourself, it’s all in the reveal trailer. Friendly advice: don’t watch it while you’re eating.
Details on the game itself are sparse, but it’s clear that Mikami is in his element working on these grotesque, primal horrors. For his part, he seems to be enjoying it. “We’re incredibly proud to announce The Evil Within,” Mikami says. “My team and I are committed to creating an exciting new franchise, providing fans the perfect blend of horror and action.”
The Evil Within is being developed for PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and next-gen consoles. The tentative release window is 2014. More information about the game is coming soon: keep your eyes peeled for more news on Monday, April 22 when Mikami and his team at Tango Gameworks will tell us more about our future nightmares.