The Evil Within 2

With E3 comes a number of game announcements as expected, this could be updated to an already existing game, sequels or new IP, one that I wasn’t expecting but have been waiting for a long time is The Evil Within 2. I have been waiting for the sequel of this game for 3 years ever since the release of the original and later after that the DLC. Now at the Bethesda Conference, we got the trailer for that game, I’m going to talk about what we can take from the trailer, in my own opinion of course. Firstly, I want to briefly mention that before the game was announced, information about the game was leaked and shared on Reddit briefly before being taken down.

With E3 comes a number of game announcements as expected, this could be updated to an already existing game, sequels or new IP, one that I wasn’t expecting but have been waiting for a long time is The Evil Within 2. I have been waiting for the sequel of this game for 3 years ever since the release of the original and later after that the DLC. Now at the Bethesda Conference, we got the trailer for that game, I’m going to talk about what we can take from the trailer, in my own opinion of course. Firstly, I want to briefly mention that before the game was announced, information about the game was leaked and shared on Reddit briefly before being taken down.

The trailer itself contains scenes mainly consisting of a white like liquid that submerges everything, these things seemed to want to escape whatever it is but can’t. It reminds me of the Lake Natron in a way as it can supposedly turn the animals there into statues because of the high salt levels. However I feel like it’s relation to glue gives the idea that Sebastian is stuck and is trying to find his way out, as the description states he has been “given a chance to save your daughter” but obviously at a cost, since he has to re-enter the world of STEM. But it is more related to the substance people are submerged in when they enter STEM, as they sit in the baths when their mind is linked to the program.

Although in the trailer it doesn’t show information on Juli Kidman, the announcement at E3 did, it showed Juli talking to Sebastian about trying to find information about Myra and his daughter Lily, but Mobius catching on and trying to stop him. It then reveals that Lily is not, in fact, dead as was thought to be the case after a fire supposedly took her life, she is instead alive and needs her father’s help, but as stated he needs to enter STEM… Again.

When the dialogue finishes the trailer plays and a fitting piece of music “Ordinary World” originally done by Duran Duran has been covered to increase the creepiness and unnatural feeling of the game. The first singer is a female adding to the innocence of finding what happened to his daughter and trying to find out what happened whilst he is at his lowest point and seems to have nothing left but his past. Whilst in the last section a male takes over the song as the screen bursts into flames, I guess to increase the desperation to Sebastian’s search.
EvilWithin_1.PNGDuring a slow walk through a hallway that seems to have bodies hanging upside down, Sebastian comes across an armoured person who is quickly attacked and left in a stasis like position with the blood from the wound lingering in the air, he then takes a picture before disappearing. This is almost exactly like the way Ruvik attacked the police in the hallway of the Beacon Mental Hospital before he looked up at the camera and appeared behind Sebastian. However when looking at the artwork of Evil Within 2, the character that I assume is the one who committed the attack doesn’t look anything like Leslie Withers (The person that Ruvik supposedly took over at the end of the first game) If this is not Ruvik or Leslie, then this is a new villain that Sebastian must overcome and also suggests that Ruvik doesn’t play a part in the sequel.

However that being said, at the end of the presentation Sebastian is looking at the version of himself that first went into STEM sitting on a chair, as he inches closer the iconic scream of a monster you encountered multiple times in the first game erupted. Outstretched multiple spiked hands that wrapped around Sebastian and pulled him into the ground surrounded by a pool of blood. This is a throwback to the first game in which you faced a female monster with long black hair who is Ruvik’s deceased sister Laura (Confirmed by the Steam trading card you would get from the game) When the clones of Ruvik would spot you he would send a plethora of hands reaching out from the surface surrounded by blood towards you. If you did not outrun this attack in time you would be grabbed and unceremoniously pulled through the earth.

This could suggest two things, either Ruvik still does play a part in it and he is still attacking you with his creations, or (And what I believe to be more likely) STEM still has Ruvik’s creations stored in its memory as it stated in the previous game that users of STEM would implant its own memories and environments into the world to create something new, which was why you had old villages combined with their present time technology. This would mean anything that Ruvik created or thought of would still be in the system, along with every new person they had added since then.
EvilWithin_2There was one final thing that stood out to me in both the trailer and on the website was the use of cameras, I’m not sure what their addition to the aesthetic is, but from the looks of things, the recurring monster could be the creature with a camera for a head. Overall this trailer and the gameplay shown afterward makes me incredibly excited for its return. I look forward to what Bethesda has in store for us, welcome back Sebastian. We’ve been waiting for you.

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