The Evil Within is quickly approaching its October 14 release date and I am quite terrified of what I'll find in-game once it arrives on my doorstep. Just the few glimpses I've had inside of Shinji Mikami's new thriller have left me unsettled. I freely admit I've had nightmares over some of the content. Of course, I'm quite easily affected by these sorts of things. However, nothing scares me more than post-launch DLC content like The Evil Within's newly announced Season Pass.
With the $19.99 Season Pass, players will receive three packs of DLC. The first add-on puts players in the shoes of Boxman, also known as The Keeper, also known as that terrifying monster that has a freaking safe for a head. Boxman will be placed on a series of "mission-based maps." The next two DLC packs will be a two-part story revolving around Juli Kidman. That's The Evil Within protagonist Sebastian Castellanos' polic partner from the game.Will the DLC prove revelatory? Who knows? And that wonder is exactly what will drive people to purchase post-launch DLC.
This Season Pass takes on a format we're seeing become more and more common for larger games these days. Three pieces of DLC, the first is a rather rough, thrown together leaderboard type DLC or challenge mode. Something that will distract player while the developers get further time to work on the upcoming story DLC. Then two story packs which, while intriguing from a narrative standpoint (they're often cut straight from the main game anyway), aren't necessarily worth troubling with unless you really care about the standalone game.
Don't get me wrong, from what I can tell I will love The Evil Within. I hope its post-launch DLC proves me wrong and is high quality -- nothing like the cash-ins that virtually every other Season Pass out there is.
Pick up The Evil Within starting on October 14 in North America, October 17 in Europe on PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, and Xbox 360. Or maybe wait for Halloween, lock the doors and turn out all the lights and scare yourself shirt-less. PG-13 rating here, folks.The Season Pass will be available via retailers and digital storefront.