This weekend we’ve got a few important items to discuss for The Evil Within…
- With the game arriving just in time for Halloween, we’re very excited to share news that longtime horror magazine, Fangoria, has placed one of the game’s most disturbing characters, Laura, right on the cover!
- Also gracing Game Informer’s October cover, Game Director Shinji Mikami discusses his return to survival horror in a new interview with Andrew Reiner.
- We continue to share new art from the game on our Facebook and Twitter accounts for the game. This past week we featured new images of Ruvik, and you can look forward to more on the game’s environments this week.
Between now and October 14th, stay tuned for many more updates on the game!
Those empty spots on your bobblehead stand collecting dust? Well wait no longer! Series two of Vault-Tec bobbleheads from Gaming Heads is on the way. Available individually or as a set, series two picks up where series one left off with the addition of:
Currently in production for their signature ‘Fright Nights’ event held throughout October, the maze includes real-life characters from the game and is sure to be a test of nerves for anyone brave enough to enter.
For those that can’t get to the Gold Coast during October, a teaser version of the maze will also be at EB EXPO in Sydney October 3 to 5 on the Bethesda booth along with the game!
Below we have some of the first images to emerge from the maze. Good luck Aussies!
Dripping blood, gooey brains, and terrifying cries of the Haunted. When playing The Evil Within – Resident Evil creator Shinji Mikami’s return to survival horror – you can expect plenty of gruesome sounds that beg to be played with surround speakers or noise -cancelling headphones.
What you wouldn’t expect is how these sounds are engineered. Stomach-turning noises that could make squeamish players lose their lunch are, actually, created by the very foods you might eat during lunch. On a recent trip to Tango Gameworks, the sound team had the Bethesda Underground team (myself included) track down items to create heinous sound effects for the game.
With a short grocery list of cantaloupe and raw beef from sound designer Mashahiro Izumi, we decided to have some fun and surprise him with additional items to throw into the mix.: noodles, marshmallows, potato chips, and more.
The results? The experience was nearly as terrifying as the game itself. Well versed in the arena of Foley work, Izumi-san assaulted the foods we provided with the same tenacity as some of the game’s most challenging opponents.
The Evil Within releases in North America and Europe on Tuesday, October 14th and on October 16th in Australia/New Zealand. Pre-ordering the game today allows you to gain access to the Fighting Chance Pack.
For more details, visit www.theevilwithin.com/preorder
Today in North American (and in advance of the game’s October 14th release date), you are now able to pre-order The Evil Within digitally on PlayStation 3 & PlayStation 4. In addition to the game itself, both platforms also allow you to pre-order the game’s Season Pass.
If you missed it, the game is already available for pre-order on Steam. When we have new updates on availability, we will let everyone know.
The Evil Within aptly haunts the cover of Game Informer’s Horror issue. The magazine’s executive editor, Andrew Reiner recently played through the first few chilling hours of the game and has recounted his experience for you in the October’s edition. Check out eight pages of gruesome new details on the game, as well as never-before seen screenshots. No Tricks, Just Treats.
The digital version of Game Informer is available now, and you can pick up the issue starting this week at your local GameStop. Throughout the month, look for new updates on the game at GameInformer.com.
Did you loose your edumacation skillz after relaxing in the summer months? Get ready to level up your Intelligence skill with this month’s Vault Boy Tee of the Month.
If your memory retention isn’t at peak condition, we’d like to remind you that the Vault Boy Tee of the Month is only available for one week. Order today!
If you’re looking forward to playing The Evil Within and you live in Europe, South Africa, India or the Middle East we’ve got good news. Shinji Mikami’s return to survival horror, The Evil Within, is now releasing on the same day it’s coming to North America, Tuesday, 14th October, both at retail and on Xbox LIVE, PSN, and Steam.
Winner of the official Gamescom award for Best PlayStation Game at this year’s show, you can visit the game’s official site for details on pre-ordering the game and receiving The Fighting Chance Pack. From experience, I can tell you the game can be quite challenging, so taking any extra gear will help.
Note: For Australia and New Zealand (16th October) and Japan (23rd October), the release dates for The Evil Within have not changed.
As mentioned earlier this week, attendees of The Evil Within Experience at PAX Prime will have a chance to win a limited and customized Xbox One console. If you’re not able to make the event — heck, if you’re not even in Seattle — you still have a chance to win this custom Xbox.
Good news! Beginning today, you can pre-order The Evil Within on Steam. With your pre-order, you’ll gain access to “The Fighting Chance Pack” featuring helpful items that keep you on Detective Sebastian Castellanos’ good list.
Pre-order here on Steam. Stay tuned for updates on pre-loading and the game’s recommended system requirements.
As you can see above, using the app can transform even the world’s most beautiful faces into your worst nightmare. It’s the perfect way to set up your social media profile pics with an image ready for Halloween.
The prize winner will get a smaller scale version of our The Evil Within brain (replica Shini not included)
And that’s not all! Through all versions of the app and thanks to our partners at GamesRadar, valid participants will have an opportunity to score a one-of-a-kind memento for The Evil Within — a replica brain based upon key art for the game. For your chance to win (contest rules here), be sure to submit your photo to the contest between today and 11:59.59 pm edt on Tuesday, September 3rd.
Time to give your Xbox or PlayStation dashboard a taste of the terror that awaits this October.
On both Xbox 360 and Xbox One, your avatar can get in the spirit of Halloween and dress up as one of the The Evil Within’s iconic characters — options include “The Keeper” (complete with his terrifying hammer), main protagonist Sebastian Castellanos, Ruvik, or the Beacon Hill nurse, Tatiana.
In addition to characters there’s an array of weapons, traps, and shirts you can purchase on the Avatar Store. Show off your excitement for The Evil Within and to get into the Halloween spirit! Note: If you’re on Xbox One, you can still update your avatar if you purchase avatar content through Xbox.com.
When playing through The Evil Within’s campaign — especially if you’re playing by yourself — every now and then it will be comforting to hear the voice of someone you recognize.
In a press release today, we can reveal that the game’s main protagonist, Sebastian Castellanos, is voiced by Anson Mount, known for his popular role as Cullen Bohannon’s on AMC’s Hell on Wheels. Also on your side will be the voice of Jennifer Carpenter (Officer Morgan from the TV hit Dexter) — playing the role of Sebastian’s partner, Detective Juli Kidman. For the game’s most sinister role, Academy Award nominee Jackie Earle Haley has been cast in the role of the game’s top villain, Ruvik.
Finally, the anime crowd will be familiar with the voicework for Jospeh Oda. Playing his role is Yuri Lowenthal – otherwise known as Ben in Ben 10 and also the voice of Sasuke in Naruto.
To learn more about the amazing work contributed by these actors, watch the video embed above and read the official press release after the break…BETHESDA SOFTWORKS SCARES UP TALENTEDVOICE OVER CAST FOR THE EVIL WITHIN™
Experienced Cast Adds Emotion and Authenticity to Thrilling New Survival Horror Game
August 19, 2014 (Rockville, MD) Bethesda Softworks®, a ZeniMax® Media company, today revealed the talented cast lending their voices to The Evil Within™, a survival horror game developed at Tango Gameworks under the direction of legendary game designer and studio head, Shinji Mikami. The Evil Within cast includes Academy Award nominee Jackie Earle Haley (“Lincoln,” “Watchmen,” “A Nightmare on Elm Street”), Screen Actors Guild Award nominee Jennifer Carpenter (“Dexter,” “Quarantine,” “The Exorcism of Emily Rose”), and film and television star Anson Mount (“Hell on Wheels,” “Safe”).
The Evil Within, out October 14th in North America, embodies the meaning of pure survival horror. Highly-crafted environments, horrifying anxiety, and an intricate story are combined to create an immersive world that will bring players to the height of tension. With limited resources at their disposal, players will fight for survival and experience profound fear in this perfect blend of horror and action.
Academy Award nominee Jackie Earle Haley, who is no stranger to horror, having recently played Freddy Krueger in the remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street, lends his voice to The Evil Within’s main antagonist, Ruvik. Making his video game debut, Anson Mount, best known for his role as Cullen Bohannon in AMC’s Hell on Wheels, assumes the role of lead protagonist Sebastian Castellanos. Players assume the role of Sebastian, a veteran police detective, throughout the game in their terrifying struggle for survival.
Rounding out the cast is Jennifer Carpenter, well-known for her role as Debra Morgan in the hit Showtime series Dexter, who plays Juli Kidman, Sebastian’s Junior Detective partner. As part of recently announced Season Pass plans, players will be able to assume the role of Juli Kidman in post-launch content to experience The Evil Within from an entirely new perspective.
“One of the most crucial elements to any successful survival horror game is the setting and sound, which includes the depth and authenticity of the voice acting,” said Mikami. “We brought together a great cast of experienced actors to help ensure that players really believe our characters’ emotions and the tension they feel in every scene.”
In The Evil Within, Detective Sebastian Castellanos and his partners are called in to investigate a gruesome mass murder. After seeing the slaughter of fellow officers, Sebastian is ambushed and knocked unconscious. When he awakens, he finds himself in a deranged world where hideous creatures wander among the dead. Facing unimaginable terror, and fighting for survival, Sebastian embarks on a frightening journey to unravel what’s behind this evil force.
Slated for release on October 14th in North America (October 16th in Australia and October 17th across Europe), The Evil Within is in development for the Xbox One®, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft, Xbox 360, PlayStation® 4 computer entertainment system, PlayStation 3, and PC. For more details on The Evil Within please visit the official site at http://theevilwithin.com/.
The Evil Within has been rated M for Mature by the ESRB.
About ZeniMax Media Inc.
ZeniMax Media is a privately owned media organization headquartered outside Washington DC with international publishing offices in London, Paris, Frankfurt, Eindhoven, Hong Kong, Tokyo, and Sydney. Through its subsidiaries, ZeniMax Media creates and publishes original interactive entertainment content for consoles, the PC, and handheld/wireless devices. ZeniMax Media divisions include Bethesda Softworks, Bethesda Game Studios, id Software, Arkane Studios, Tango Gameworks, MachineGames, Battlecry Studios, ZeniMax Europe Ltd., ZeniMax Asia K.K., ZeniMax Asia Pacific Limited and ZeniMax Online Studios. For more information on ZeniMax Media, visit www.zenimax.com.
About Bethesda Softworks
Bethesda Softworks, part of the ZeniMax Media Inc. family of companies, is a worldwide publisher of interactive entertainment software. Titles featured under the Bethesda label include such blockbuster franchises as The Elder Scrolls®, DOOM®, QUAKE®, Fallout®, Wolfenstein®, Dishonored®, Prey® and RAGE®. For more information on Bethesda Softworks’ products, visit
About Tango Gameworks
Tango Gameworks, a ZeniMax Media studio based in Tokyo, Japan, is a premier development studio founded and led by legendary game designer, Shinji Mikami. Tango Gameworks is dedicated to AAA multi-platform game development by some of Japan’s most accomplished and experienced developers.
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In recent years, one of our favorite PAX traditions has been putting together off-site community events themed after an upcoming release (see: Dishonored, The Elder Scrolls Online, and Wolfenstein: The New Order). For this year’s event, we’ve once again joined forces with iam8bit with the goal of terrifying you with The Evil Within Experience!
Being held at “The White Room” in the historical Seattle Underground – a less than 20 minute walk from the PAX Exhibit Hall – the place will be prepped for madness as Saturday at PAX Prime winds down. From 8pm – midnight, you’ll be able to play The Evil Within! Enjoy food & drink, and soak up the blood-stained atmosphere of our event.
In addition to being able to play the game, our first 700 attendees will receive a PAX-exclusive t-shirt commemorating The Evil Within.
And as teased earlier today, courtesy of our friends at Xbox, three lucky winners will win a custom-designed Xbox One console using our designs from our reverse packaging contest.
We hope to see you Saturday night for an unforgettable and terrifying time!
Note: All attendees must be 18 years of age or older, and admission is not guaranteed. Attendees will be welcomed on a first come, first served basis. And next to the event, those over the age of 21 will be able to join us for an adult beverage at Doc’s – just few steps away from the event location.
Chance of winning an Xbox One console depends on the number of participants that attend the event.
Easily one of the most fun weeks of the year is attending PAX Prime in Seattle. Closing out the summer meeting some of our biggest fans is always a thrill. And if you’ve ever been to Seattle, the weather in late August/early September is damn near perfect.
For Bethesda’s 7th PAX Prime, we’ve got a pretty exciting lineup — we’re showcasing The Evil Within, BATTLECRY, and The Elder Scrolls Online.
With less than two months until its October 14th release, we’re celebrating The Evil Within, Shinji Mikami’s return to survival horror, in a major way. By visiting our booth in the Washington Convention Center, you’ll have a chance to go hands-on with the game on either Xbox One or PlayStation 4. What’s more, we’ll have multiple contests during the week for a chance to win custom Xbox One consoles and a one-of-a-kind piece of memorabilia that’s sure to charm terrify your friends and family. And don’t worry, fans at home will have a chance to win, too — more details later this week.
Mock-ups of customized Xbox One consoles that lucky winners will have a chance to score! More details to come!
Also at the Bethesda PAX booth, multiplayer madness will be in full effect for both The Elder Scrolls Online and BATTLECRY. With the the former, ESO veterans (and newcomers) will have a chance to participate in tense, 3v3v3 multiplayer in Colovian Crossing — a special capture-the-flag PvP worth checking out. It’s a real treat.
All players that check out ESO will come away with something special, too — a download code for a limited edition Bristlegut Pig pet to accompany you in your Tamriel travels.
Meanwhile for BATTLECRY, we’ll be showcasing 8v8 matches in an all-new game mode, Land Grab, with plenty of loot for players to grab. All participants will score a BATTLECRY pin for playing. But winning teams will have an opportunity for even more prizes, including…
… this Cossacks vs. Royal Marines lithograph signed by the game’s Creative Director Viktor Antonov if you win one match, and…
… one of these PAX Prime BATTLECRY faction t-shirts if your team wins two consecutive matches.
PAX Prime takes place August 29th – September 1st at the Washington Convention Center in Seattle, WA. Stay tuned here on the blog and follow our @bethblog, @battlecry_game, @tesonline, and @theevilwithin Twitter accounts for updates through the week!
Following last week’s reveal of Dishonored’s “The Dunwall Archives” art book, this week we’re featuring another fine art book from Dark Horse, “The Art of the Evil Within”. Sure to excite any fan of Shinji Mikami or just horror fans in general, “The Art of the Evil Within” features concept art, developer notes, and designs featured in game.
Packed with 184 pages of incredible and spine-tingling artwork and features, the hardcover book releases this October to accompany the game’s launch.
Get a glimpse of the book in the pages below.
Steam is giving you an easy way to practice all those stealth techniques. From now until 1pm PDT Sunday, you can take control of Corvo Attano for free. In addition to the complimentary run of the game, Steam is offering Dishonored at a 75% off discounted rate and DLC at 50% off.
Don’t Blink or you could miss it! Visit store.steampowered.com to see for yourself.
That was fast! Arkane’s Harvey Smith accepted Pete Hines’ ALS ice bucket challenge, and now the bucket has been passed to fellow Arkane colleague, Raf Colantonio.
[Caution: Minor Spoilers Within]
Unless you’re Jimmy Woods or The Last Starfighter, playing The Evil Within isn’t going to be a walk in the park. From personal experience and hearing the horror stories of others playtesting the game, you’re more than likely looking at over 15 (probably 20+) hours of gameplay on the game’s default difficulty (Survival).
And what of the completionists? Those trying to get all the achievements/trophies, play through the game’s most challenging mode (AKUMU), or fans tackling the madness of New Game + mode (see the “Blow Up the Playing Field” achievement)? With so much to take on, we thought we’d give you a head’s up on what to prepare for with our Completionist Guide for The Evil Within.
By finishing the puzzle at this link, you’ll unlock an exclusive wallpaper for the game as well as a PDF that will help you learn about all the game’s trophies and achievements.
Tamriel is growing, as is the amount of adventurers traversing the lands, but that doesn’t mean that recognition shouldn’t be given to the players that have been in The Elder Scrolls Online since the beginning.
September introduces the Elder Scrolls Online subscriber loyalty program. Paid accounts that has been subscribed for three months will receive the Ice Wraith vanity pet that will follow you on your journey.
Keep checking elderscrollsonline.com to find out about future rewards and continuing news on the growth of Tamriel.