Are you ready to return to the nightmare with detective Castellanos? We're here to help you prepare with news, trailers, screenshots and more!

The Evil Within delivered a thoroughly creepy experience, from Resident Evil alumni Shinji Akumi. The horror has now returned in the sequel, bringing back Sebastian Castellanos, "STEM" (more on this term coming up), and plenty more for another horrific journey into shared consciousness.

You'll play as detective Castellanos once again, as he descends into a new STEM world with a mission he is unable to refuse.

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When will The Evil Within 2 be released? And how much will it cost?

Taking advantage of the maximum creep factor, The Evil Within should be released on Friday, October 13, 2017. Yeap, they managed to release on a year where we get a Friday the 13 in October. What better time to release a horror game?

Those who aren't running with an Xbox One can rejoice as well. The Evil Within 2 will be releasing simultaneously on Xbox One, PC and PlayStation 4 (PS4). It should cost about $60.

What is The story of Evil Within 2?

It's been three years since the events transpired within the hellscape that was the STEM world. While Detective Sebastian Castellanos managed to escape and tell the world about what he'd seen, things didn't go well for him. With every other witness either dead, or missing, Sebastian winds up out of a job.

Haunted by the tragic death of his daughter years ago, he spends his time drinking and trying to find Mobius again. That's when friend-turned-enemy Juli Kidman comes to him. She tries to explain herself, explain why she works with Mobius, and that they've had their eye on Sebastian for quite some time.

Now, they need his help. Not only did they stage the fire that killed his daughter, but his daughter Lily is actually still alive, and lost within a new STEM world called Union. She is the core of the system, lost within it, and he is their last ditch hope. If Sebastian has any hope of rescuing her, he'll have to descend back into the hellish STEM world, this time with a mission driving him forward.

What is STEM?

STEM is a device that allows for a shared consciousness, and it is controlled by the shadowy Mobius organization. It's a world in which multiple human minds inhabit, but it is controlled by a single person: the Core. "STEM is like if Freddy Krueger made the Matrix," says writer Trent Hagga.

The Core controls everything in these alternate worlds. They are integral to the system, and without a dedicated Core things in the STEM worlds start to go wrong. That's the exact case in The Evil WIthin 2, where the Core of Union Lily has gone missing within the STEM world.

What kind of Gameplay will The Evil Within 2 have?

The Evil Within 2 opens up with a much more flexible style of gameplay. You'll be able to move at your own pace, choosing to explore or stick close to the story. There are detective skills you'll need to use, side quests you can pick up, and an overall mystery to solve. That means you're looking at an open world, survival horror game.

This is a pretty major divergence from the first game which was very linear in nature. But that's not a bad thing at all. There are big maps that you'll be able to explore early on, and you can adjust your gameplay as well. There are options for stealth, as well as going in guns blazing with limited ammo.

A crafting system has also been added, giving you more control over the weapons and ammunition that you choose to use. This is especially handy if you have a favorite weapon and want to be sure that you've always got it ready to knock through some baddies.

Questions?

There's still some time before The Evil Within 2 releases, but we'll be keeping our ears open for news in the meantime! Are you counting down to October 13, 2017? Are you interested in The Evil Within 2? Let us know in the comments!

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