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Ever since The Evil Within 2 was unveiled at E3 2017, there’s been some question about how involved series creator Shinji Mikami was in the project. It’s been confirmed the survival horror legend won’t be directing The Evil Within 2, but Bethesda has assured fans Mikami will still be involved in some creative capacity.
Well, IGN recently asked Mikami directly about his involvement, and it sounds like he’s mostly keeping his bloody fingerprints off this one, preferring to hand the reigns over to younger talent…
“You will see my influence here and there. It was a team effort, with [director John Johanas] at the helm and me there supervising. I’ve been managing the studio as a whole. I want Tango Gameworks to be a studio where young and talented creators are given a chance to succeed. John has a lot of talent. An opportunity like this would have come his way sooner or later.
This time around, Mr. Ishimine, our scenario writer, had the most influence on the main story. The difference between this game's story and the first one is that we tried to focus on making it simpler and easier to understand. Compared to the first game where the protagonist got caught up in the story, this time of his own volition -- albeit warily -- he heads into a frightening world in order to rescue his daughter.”
Interestingly, IGN also asked Mikami for his opinion on recent survival horror games, and the creator or Resident Evil paid Capcom’s latest effort a nice compliment.
“I wouldn’t say I keep a very close tab, but I do keep an eye on them about as much as an average horror game fan. In terms of recent games, Resident Evil 7 was crafted beautifully.”
Mikami and Capcom didn’t part on good terms – the publisher’s handling of Resident Evil is one of the main reasons he made The Evil Within in the first place. So, Mikami must have really liked Resident Evil 7 to be willing to hand out that kind of praise.
The Evil Within 2 stalks onto the PC, Xbox One, and PS4 on October 13. Amazon Prime members can save 20% when they pre-order.