Bethedsa announced today that their upcoming horror game The Evil Within has been pushed back until October after it was initially scheduled to release in August. The game will now release in North America on October 21, Australia and New Zealand on October 23 and Europe on October 24. The reason for this delay was supposedly to grant additional development time to the developers. This is primarily to make further game balance changes and refine the overall experience.
The development of The Evil Within is being lead by Resident Evil creator Shinji Mikami. Tango Gameworks are the developers behind the title and it is set to be published by Bethesda who recently released Wolfenstein: The New Order.
The Evil Within has garnered a large amount of positive reception as a true survival horror game, something sorely missing from the Resident Evil series. Survival horror is almost absent from mainstream gaming with the exception of titles such as Amnesia, which is why this delay may come as a disappointment to some.
However, delays aren’t an uncommon trend with many games releasing on the new consoles. Watch Dogs, The Witcher 3, The Crew and The Division are just a few examples of next generation titles delayed to allow the developers more tome to polish and improve the overall experience. It’s likely the developers need more time to fully optimize for the PS4 and Xbox One to squeeze out as much performance as possible.
The Evil Within is releasing on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC.