Over the last few days, we were asked why we haven’t posted much coverage for The Evil Within 2. I figured that was a valid question and I wanted to provide our readers the reasoning behind this. For those who have been following us for a while, you know that I’m a huge fan of the original The Evil Within. I’ve streamed multiple runs, reviewed it and went on to play it a bit more. I’ve played all of the DLC’s, multiple times as well. Currently, I’m sitting at 100+ hours of gameplay with the game.
So why no coverage for part 2? I’ve been waiting for the game to be announced for some time. Having it finally announced at E3 2017 was an amazing experience – especially since I was at the conference when it was. I was really hyped for it and then I lost it when they said the game was coming out this year. The game I had been wishing for, for so long was actually happening. It was at that point I decided that I would go on a media blackout for the game. I want to be completely surprised for when the game actually is released.
However, as a gaming outlet, that’s a problem. Having little to no coverage sends the signal that we’re either out of touch or we don’t care about the game. The publisher, who may have considered reaching out to us, could decide not to. Our readers could see us as not being the type of gaming site they want to frequent, if we’re not covering a game they’re looking forward to. So what we’re doing is a huge gamble, but one I feel is worth it. In the age where games are leaked and spoiled via constant video updates, it’s hard to be surprised. Gamers can be exposed to important details in an instant, where most videos released have spoilers. So far, I’ve passed every stream and trailer that has been released and it’s been extremely hard for me to keep this up.
I’m sure you see where I’m going with this. There’s a line that we’re trying to balance there, but wanting to be surprised, while not disappointing. Sadly, it feels like we’re on the verge of falling off this line.
We’ll definitely be covering The Evil Within 2 when it gets released. While we’re more than certain we would get an early copy of the title, I still have plans. On day one, I plan on sitting down for 5-6 hours and streaming the game – in the dark. That’s right, I’ll be setting up shop in my gaming room, making it as dark as possible and will be streaming to either Twitch and YouTube. I’m more than prepared to be punished, jump scared and engrossed in what is easily my most anticipated title of 2017. To show you how committed I am with this, I already informed my boss I won’t be at work on Oct. 13th. He smiled at me and gave me a weird look.
So, I hope you can forgive our lack of coverage. I’m going the extra mile here to be completely unprepared for when I get my hands on the game.
The Evil Within 2 releases on October 13th, 2017, for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.