Right after The Evil Within 2 launched, inquisitive fans discovered something: a first-person mode that was limited to a specific part of the game's story could be (with some finagling) extended to other areas of the game. The community began clamoring for this feature to be officially extended to the rest of the game, and the development team at Tango Gameworks has listened. The entirety of The Evil Within 2 can now be played in first-person on PS4, Xbox One and PC in a free update.
If you haven't had a chance to check out The Evil Within 2 and want to try it out before you buy it, you can download the Free Trial and play through the opening chapters of the game. All save data will carry over if you choose to upgrade to the full game. The new first-person mode is also available to try out in the Free Trial. As an added bonus, should you decide you want the full game, you can take advantage of the digital sale and get the game for 50% off. The sale kicks off today and will run through February 19 on Steam and February 20 on Xbox One and PlayStation 4.
If you already have The Evil Within 2, changing to first-person is as simple as flipping a switch in the menu. You'll be able to change this at any point, so you can experience the game however you like.
For more on the new mode, we spoke to Producer Shinsaku Ohara about the process and challenges of bringing a first-person perspective to a third-person game.
What made you decide to get this feature working for the whole game?
We experimented a bit with first-person in the full game, but it was more of an afterthought and a little bit of playing around on our side, since we designed the game in third-person.
Some savvy users figured out a way to activate this mode outside of its intended area, and the reaction to it was pretty positive, so we said, "What the heck. Let's put it in as a bonus for all platforms." A lot of players like playing horror games in first-person, so for those who want to see some of the game's situations through Sebastian's eyes, it's a really neat experience.
What kind of development work goes into implementing an entirely new POV into a finished game? Did you run into any unique challenges?
The Evil Within 2 wasn't designed as a first-person game, so obviously it was pretty difficult. We like to think of it as a "high-level hack" so we don't want people to compare this with DOOM or anything like that. There were some scenes that just didn't work, so it jumps back and forth a bit to third-person. But we made sure the game's an enjoyable experience and hopefully people will enjoy playing in this mode.
Do you have a favorite moment to experience in first-person?
I think exploring Union in first-person makes the scale feel even bigger than it does when you're in third-person. Also, being able to see our environments and enemies up close allows players to get an even better look at how much effort went into their designs.
The Evil Within 2 is now available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC and has received high praise from critics. As Sebastian Castellanos, you'll have to dive into hell once more in the sequel to the hit 2014 survival horror game from the mind of Shinji Mikami. Take on twisted creatures in horrifying domains and face off against your own worst nightmares as you race to save your daughter.
Awesome to see a game developer actually listen to whats being asked of their community, I know of a few others that need to take a step in their approach when it comes to the fan base.. (CoD/2K) *cough cough*