Bethesda have just announced that The Evil Within: The Assignment is now available for purchase on Xbox One.

The Assignment is the first in a two-part, story-driven DLC for Bethesda's acclaimed survival horror title, headed by none other than Shinji Mikami, the father of Resident Evil.

The DLC is concurrent with the events of the main game, putting players in the role of detective Juli Kidman, the main character Sebastian Castellanos' partner. Juli Kidman's whereabouts are largely unknown in the main game, and 'The Assignment' and its follow-up 'The Consequence' seek to put an end to the mystery surrounding the character.

The Assignment will be followed by The Consequence, later this Spring. Both DLCs promise to include new locations, new mysteries and horrific new enemies and answers to questions raised by the base game's intriguing plot.

As a fan of Shinji Mikami and classic Resident Evil titles, The Evil Within hit a lot of the right notes with me following its launch last year. Whilst the game certainly has issues and is often a little too linear for my tastes, the fact that Bethesda are making good on their season pass commitment holds promise. Horror titles have enjoyed some attention again thanks to the likes of The Evil Within, Alien Isolation and the Resident Evil re-mastered re-make re-release (re re re re re re). Indie horror title White Night jumped from ID@Xbox to Activision and procedurally generated Kickstarter sensation Grave is slated to hit Xbox One later this year.

In addition to 'The Assignment' and 'The Consequence', Bethesda plans to release a third DLC - 'The Executioner' - later in the year on both PC and Xbox. All three are available as part of The Evil Within's Season Pass. You can purchase each DLC episode separately at $9.99 / £6.99 / €9.99 respectively, or at a discount as part of the $19.99 / £14.99 / €19.99 season pass.