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Shinji Mikami's The Evil Within announced for cross-gen, 2014 release

UPDATE: Developed on id Tech 5 engine, touted as "a return to pure survival horror."

UPDATE: New details have emerged regarding Shinji Mikami's newly announced horror project The Evil Within.

According to Bethesda Japan (via Gematsu), The Evil Within - or Psychobreak as it's called in Japan - is being developed on id Tech 5 engine. It stars a detective named Sebastian who arrives at the scene of a gruesome mass murder where his fellow police officers are slaughtered by some mysterious malevolent force. Sebastian inevitably finds himself in a world full of monsters, as one is wont to do in a Shinji Mikami game.

Bethesda is touting The Evil Within as "a return to pure survival horror" and players will have to make do with limited resources, just like in the old days of Resident Evil. Traps will play a large role as the environments will be riddled with them, but they can also be used against enemies.

The environments will transform, too, in a Silent Hill-esque fashion. The layouts will warp and distort based on the player's actions, though it's unclear how exactly the player will influence this and whether or not it'll be scripted.

Original story: Resident Evil creator Shinji Mikami's new survival horror game is named The Evil Within, publisher Bethesda has announced.

It will launch in 2014 for PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and "next-generation consoles" - PlayStation 4 and the next Xbox, then.

The Evil Within was codenamed Project Zwei, and is in development at Mikami's new studio Tango Gameworks.

A bloody live-action teaser trailer lies below. It includes the barbed wire and Bach's Air on the G String hints identified in a recent Bethesda teaser.

Mikami released a single slice of The Evil Within artwork last year, and mentioned it had been in the planning stages since late 2010.

More information is due to be revealed on Monday.

"We're incredibly proud to announce The Evil Within," Mikami said. "My team and I are committed to creating an exciting new franchise, providing fans the perfect blend of horror and action."

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