By Tom Tolios / February 25th, 2015
Last year’s survival horror title The Evil Within was released on October 14. The game was published by Bethesda Softworks, developed by Tango Gameworks and directed by survival horror veteran Shinji Mikami (creator of the Resident Evil series). In The Evil Within, you play as Sebastian Castellanos, a detective who is called to a hospital where a mass murder has taken place. Once you arrive on the scene, with junior detectives Joseph Oda and Juli Kidman in tow, the narrative goes into the surreal realm of psychological horror and criminal psychosis by way of collective consciousness experimentation. Throughout the game, you come to learn that junior detective Kidman knows more about what’s going on than she’s willing to reveal, as Castellanos crosses paths with her on more than one occasion only to lose track of her before she can be forced to reveal her secrets.
One of the criticisms the press and fans levied on The Evil Within was its incongruous, sometimes impenetrable, storyline. The forthcoming DLC episode, “The Assignment,” looks to clear up some of the confusion about the plot by focusing on Kidman and the nebulous organization named Mobius that she’s aligned herself with. It’s possible that we will also learn exactly why she’s working with Mobius. A preview of The Assignment has been posted at Bethesda’s official YouTube page.
The trailer shows Mobius setting Kidman to her task and warning that there is a harsh penalty for both failure and betrayal. In The Evil Within, one of the objectives is tracking down a fugitive named Leslie who appears to have been the victim of cruel mental experimentation and suffers from severe psychological trauma as a result. The questions posed in The Assignment are whether Mobius’s intentions for poor Leslie are benign or malevolent and whether or not an uncertain Kidman will carry out her orders in the end. The Assignment is the first of a two-part add-on story that will further flesh out the plot and world of The Evil Within. The second part is called The Consequence, and is set for release later in the spring of 2015.
The Evil Within: The Assignment is scheduled for release on March 10 for Windows, PS4, Xbox One, PS3 and Xbox 360. Those who purchased the season pass will automatically receive this content, as well as the second DLC episode. Those wishing to experience the DLC, but didn’t invest in the season pass, can purchase The Assignment for $9.99.
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