While The Evil Within 2 seems to be a horror-filled successor to the first game, there’s one significant difference that could drastically change the overall experience.
According to Game Rant, creator Shinji Mikami will not be directing the upcoming horror sequel, instead stepping into a producer role. Mikami is passing the torch to John Johanas, the visual effects designer of The Evil Within and director of the game’s two expansions, The Assignment and The Consequence. No specifics were given on why Mikami would not return to direct, but it is speculated he could be working on a new game for Bethesda Softworks.
The initial draw of the first game for many was Mikami’s vision to make The Evil Within act as a spiritual successor to his work in the Resident Evil franchise, as well as a needed callback to the roots of survival horror. Of course, once the game was released, it didn’t exactly fulfill its promise to fans and critics, receiving mixed reviews. In turn, this could be a positive change for the sequel, as giving directorial control to Johanas, who created the crazy visuals from the first game, could be the touch that will make The Evil Within a long-lasting franchise.
The return to Sebastian’s harrowing and dark story was officially revealed during Bethesda’s E3 conference, with gameplay and narrative trailers released following its announcement. Players will be forced to step back into the STEM project to battle new monsters and hopefully bring an end to Sebastian’s pain and suffering.
The Evil Within 2 will release on Friday, October 13th, 2017 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.
Source: Game Rant