With PAX East upon us, Bethesda Softworks and Tango Gameworks have released a new trailer for its upcoming horror game The Evil Within. The trailer is, if nothing else, a reminder of the glory days of survivor horror in the early 2000s, when Silent Hill 2 and Resident Evil 4 were fresh in our minds. This gameplay trailer calls back to both of those in a variety of ways.
The surreal imagery of the sunflower field contrasted with the box-headed butcher is already putting me firmly back in those days, and Tango is doing a great job getting fans like me excited for a new game that fits firmly into the survival horror genre. I loved the genre and its trappings before successively worse Silent Hill and Resident Evil games picked apart the legacy of their predecessors, and I’m looking forward to seeing if Shinji Mikami, the father of the genre, can bring it back.
My only real concern with the trailer is that much of it looks incredibly dated. Usually trailers are meant to show off a game’s best material, but is this really the best The Evil Within has to offer? What we’re seeing here looks like PlayStation 3 material at best, and not even late-gen PlayStation 3. The game is, in fact, heading to PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, but I’m concerned that those versions might’ve held the game back significantly with regard to the newest platforms. A good game is a good game, but it’s disappointing to see the game not looking its best, even if the actual content looks like a great start.
The Evil Within is headed to PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and PC, with a U.S. release date of Aug. 26 and Europe set to receive the game on Aug. 29.