Mikami wants to bring back horror focus for Evil Within - destructoid

Mikami wants to bring back horror focus for Evil Within

7:00 PM on 05.02.2013

Jordan Devore

Managing Editor

Survival horror has moved into an action focus, says director


Few game genres bring about the kind of debate over terminology that horror does. Or maybe it only feels that way because it's the one I can't turn away from when the insults start flying. It took no time at all for folks to wonder what category Tango Gameworks' The Evil Within would fall under. In director Shinji Mikami's own words, it's survival horror, but it didn't start that way.

In an interview with 4Gamer translated by Siliconera, he says that enough people on the team wanted to go in that direction, so that's where they went. "Survival horror games as of late consist of many action-focused games," Mikami commented. "I'd like to make a game that can bring the focus back to the horror aspect of the genre. With those feelings in mind, we were able to shape up what we have today."

Another interesting tidbit is that, in Japan, The Evil Within is called PsychoBreak. "The game is about surviving in a world full of psychos and the goal is to break through such a world. Thus, the name PsychoBreak, where the word 'Psycho' is relative to horror and 'Break' is to survival."

Speaking more generally, Mikami believes survival horror is "not about simply fearing the enemy, but you also have a chance to defeat this enemy. This makes it somewhat of a see-saw state from start to finish." The theme for the project, he says, "isn't suspense, but 'mysterious.' Not knowing what's going on will bring the horror out, but the strength also lies within the desire of wanting to know more."

The Evil Within Director Plans On Bringing The Horror Back To Survival Horror [Siliconera]




Get comment replies by email.     settings



Unsavory comments? Please report harassment, spam, and hate speech to our comment moderators

Can't see comments? Anti-virus apps like Avast or some browser extensions can cause this. Easy fix: Add   [*].disqus.com   to your security software's whitelist.

Jordan Devore
Managing Editor follow
 DtoidJordan

12:30 PM on 04.21.2015
The Evil Within update

The Evil Within debuts 'The Consequence' DLC today

Starring detective Juli Kidman
2:30 PM on 12.11.2014
The Evil Within update

The Evil Within's first DLC has the answers we're looking for

Well, some of them
2:30 PM on 10.29.2014
The Evil Within update

The Evil Within PC updated with settings for 60 FPS and letterbox removal

Achievements work with the console enabled
10:45 AM on 10.20.2014
The Evil Within update

You're gonna lose your head over this The Evil Within glitch

Lost his head, but kept his cool
5:30 PM on 10.15.2014
The Evil Within update

Review: The Evil Within

I'd prefer a little more evil
2:30 PM on 10.14.2014
The Evil Within update

Happy The Evil Within Day, you bloody goblins

I say that lovingly
11:45 AM on 10.06.2014
The Evil Within update

Nope, nope, nope! Go away smiley-masked dudes in The Evil Within

Not keen on most of the others either
7:30 PM on 10.03.2014
The Evil Within update

The Evil Within's minimum requirements on PC aren't a whole lot better

Still seems high
5:00 PM on 10.01.2014
The Evil Within update

These limited edition The Evil Within PS4s don't look very scary

Especially the white one
10:45 AM on 09.29.2014
The Evil Within update

The Evil Within has gone gold so let us hack up some bodies

New trailer

View allpowered by:  MM.Elephant

. . .



Ads on destructoid may be purchased from:



Please contact Crave Online, thanks!


. . .





MORE FROM destructoid

1

Review: The Weaponographist

by Chris Carter


2

Review: Hearthstone: Blackrock Mountain

by Chris Carter


3

Review: Omega Quintet

by Josh Tolentino


4

Review: Environmental Station Alpha

by Jed Whitaker


5

Review: Hyperdevotion Noire: Goddess Black Heart

by Kyle MacGregor


6

Review: Westerado: Double Barreled

by Jed Whitaker


7

Review: Uncanny Valley

by Stephen Turner


8

Review: Shadowrun Chronicles - Boston Lockdown

by Chris Carter


9

Review: Broken Age: Act 2

by Caitlin Cooke


10

Review: Gurumin: A Monstrous Adventure

by Chris Carter





Back to Top