TGIF! With the weekend here, it’s a great opportunity to turn down the lights and stay up late to play part 1 of Juli Kidman’s two-part adventure — The Assignment — available through Steam, Xbox Live, and PSN.
Focusing heavily on stealth tactics, the DLC is already receiving praise from reviewers. Scoring it an 8.5/10, IGN had the following to say:
“I spent a lot of the time running blindly with my heart thumping, hoping a distracted enemy wasn’t now in pursuit, or yelling in triumph after locking one in a room. Without a weapon, the tension builds quickly.”
You can get more from IGN in a their review commentary video feature (note: there are spoilers). For more opinions, we’ll be adding reviews as they come in below.
Videogamer.com (8/10) — “…The Assignment is a reasonably-sized add-on which fleshes out The Evil Within’s story while building on what made it so enjoyable in the first place.”
We Got This Covered (4/5) – “… it was an intense burst of fear that retroactively makes The Evil Within a more complete experience while also standing on its own as an exciting step in a different direction for the series.”
Crave Online — (8/10) — “For fans of The Evil Within, The Assignment stands out as a key component to understanding its complex story. For everyone, it offers an entirely new way to enjoy the universe.”
Bloody Disgusting (8.5/10) – “The Assignment takes the best aspects of The Evil Within — namely the stealth, unsettling enemies and the strategy that’s required in combat — and successfully builds a bite-sized adventure around it that never outstays its welcome.”
Digital Chumps (8.8/10) – “I loved the strategy and intensity of playing purely stealth more than I did the combat in the original game.”
For many that have completed The Evil Within, the mysteries surrounding Sebastian’s partner, Juli Kidman, are among the most discussed plotlines in the game. These questions (and new questions… hehe) will arise in Part 1 of Kidman’s DLC adventure, The Assignment.
Taking the role of Kidman, The Assignment features an increased focus on stealth gameplay mechanics as you untangle the secrets of what happened to her and untangle the truth behind her connection with Mobius. Introducing new enemies and gameplay tactics, The Assignment sets the stage for the concluding chapter of Kidman’s Adventure, The Consequence, releasing later this Spring.
To save on all three DLCs planned for The Evil Within – you can purchase the game’s Season Pass on your preferred platform of choice! In addition to The Assignment and The Consequence, this package will also feature content surrounding the safe pick for everyone’s favorite villain, The Keeper.
The Evil Within: The Assignment is part of The Evil Within’s Season Pass package and can also be purchased separately for $9.99/£6.99/€9.99 releases on Tuesday, March 10th on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Steam. Note for PlayStation users in Europe: The content will release on PS3 and PS4 on March 11. For an extended look at gameplay, subcribe to Twitch.TV/Bethesda and be ready to tune in on Monday, March 9th at 1pm est. In the meantime, keep your eyes peeled for new and terrifying content on our social media pages, including:
PlayStation users can re-create and expand upon Skyrim’s world like never before with the Skyrim Mashup pack — now available for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and PlayStation Vita.
Developed by our friends at 4J Studios, the mash-up features an exclusive Skyrim-themed texture set, 40 character skins, themed menus and user interface, craftable items, and more than 20 iconic selections from the original Skyrim soundtrack. On top of these features, the pre-set world recreates memorable areas including Whiterun, Riverwood, and Bleak Falls Barrow.
More details below…
Skyrim Mash-up — Content Breakdown
Skyrim themed texture set to apply to any existing or newly created Minecraft world.
Skyrim themed Menu, UI and Inventory including integrated Skyrim logo.
Skyrim music score featuring the following original tracks: Watch the Skies, Dragonborn, Awake, From Past To Present, The City Gates, Dragonsreach, Distant Horizons, Dawn, The Jerall Mountains, Secunda, Frostfall, Unbound, Far Horizons, The Streets of Whiterun, The White River, Standing Stones, Tundra, Journey’s End, Aurora, Solitude, Wind Guide You, Tooth and Claw, Into Darkness, Shadows and Echoes, Towers and Shadows, Death in the Darkness
Pre-made World recreating the area of Whiterun, Riverwood and Bleak fallsBarrow (on a smaller scale in order to fit with technical constraints of the games map size limits)
In addition to being available on PlayStation platforms, you can download the Skyrim Mashup on both Xbox One and Xbox 360.
And if you missed it, The Evil Within is already available for pre-order on PlayStation Network (now both in North American and EU territories) and Steam. Pre-loads for both will come before launch — more details to come.
On the heels of our Gone Gold announcement, we’ve put the final touches on the recommended PC requirements for The Evil Within. These specifications are listed as “recommended” as they are the settings we’ve determined ensure that your gameplay experience plays as intended by the development team.
Recommended PC System Specifications
64-bit Windows 7/Windows 8
i7 with four plus cores
4 GBs RAM
50 GB of hard drive space*
GeForce GTX 670 or equivalent with 4GBs of VRAM
High Speed Internet Connection
Steam account and activation
*It’s worth noting that the 50 GB of space required is for the PC install. When the installation is complete, the game will take up ~41 GB of HDD space.
OS: windows 7/8.1
GPU: GTX 460 or an equivalent 1 GB VRAM card
CPU: i7 or an equivalent 4+ core processor
RAM: 4 GB
HDD: 50 GB
Speaking of space (and by your request), here are the install sizes for the console versions of the game.
Xbox One — 40 GB HDD Space
PlayStation 4 — 40 GB HDD Space
PlayStation 3 — 7 GB HDD Space
Xbox 360 — 7 GB
Note: The Evil Within requires a mandatory install to the Xbox 360’s HDD or a USB 2.0 (or higher) flash drive.
Putting out a game on five platforms (PC, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3, and PS4) across multiple regions is no easy feat, but we’re excited to announce The Evil Within has officially “Gone Gold”!
Congrats to everyone at Tango Gameworks and everyone else that was involved in the process of making the game — your hard work has helped create a survival horror game that we believe people will be talking about for a long time.
If you’ve been cowering under your covers up until now, The Evil Within arrives on Tuesday, October 14th in Europe and North America, October 16th for New Zealand and Australia, and October 23rd for Japan.
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.
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.
As mentioned earlier in the month, beginning today and throughout the remainder of the month, Dishonored is a free download on Xbox LIVE for Xbox LIVE Gold subscribers. Boot up your Xbox 360 or head to Xbox.com to download.
And if you can’t get enough of Dishonored, below is a look at pages from Dishonored: The Dunwall Archives. This hardbound collection from Dark Horse uses all of Dishonored’s in-game text — diaries, notes, letters, etc — and combines them with the fantastic concept art that set the stage for the game’s unforgettable art style. It’s a must-have collection for Dishonored’s biggest fans and arrives this November.
With only two months until the release of The Evil Within (yes, it’s still coming in October!), we’re excited to share details on our Season Pass plans for the game.
The Evil Within Season Pass will allow you to experience survival horror from a new perspective. In two add-ons, you’ll assume the role of Juli Kidman — Sebastian Castellanos’ mysterious partner from The Evil Within. Across a two-part, story driven experience, you will encounter unthinkable enemies and new areas that reveal hidden motives and harrowing evil. The third add-on for the Season Pass puts you in control of The Keeper (aka Boxman) in a fun collection of mission-based maps.
Priced at $19.99/£14.99/€19.99, the Season Pass offers savings on three planned add-ons for the game and will be available soon at select game retailers, PSN, Xbox LIVE, and PC.
The Evil Within releases on Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and PC on Tuesday, October 14th in North America and Friday, October 17th in Europe. Pre-order on the game’s official website.
NOTE: Season Pass and game add-on content may not be available on all platforms or in all territories. Pricing and release dates may vary by territory and/or platform.