Popular new horror series the Evil Within recently released the next installment in the franchise, and you can try it out, for free!

This past October Evil Within 2 was released to great reviews and praise for its world building. Bethesda Softworks has just released a Free Trial for the game showcasing its opening chapters for gamers to try out.


Evil Within 2 takes place three years after the events at Beacon Mental Hospital, the setting for the first game. Players again will follow Sebastian Castellanos, now a washed up ex-cop, obsessed with exposing secret organization MOBIUS for the events that occurred those years ago. Sebastian is approached by Juli Kidman, an agent for MOBIUS from the first game, offering information on his presumed dead daughter Lilly. With hopes of finding his daughter, Sebastian willingly goes back into the STEM system but also find out what has happened to MOBIUS’ new world Union.

Those familiar with the play style of survival horror gaming will find that Evil Within 2 follow the formula closely. Crafting and careful management of items are crucial to the player’s survival in the nightmare world of STEM. The opening chapters included in the free trial will give players an opportunity to experience this firsthand. There will also be plenty of opportunity in these chapters for players to see the variety of nightmarish creatures the game offers.

The free trial for Evil Within 2 will also allow players to experience the changes from the first game. Namely, the semi-open world of Union that now allows players to explore and experience the horror on multiple levels. This change comes from the more scripted narrow corridors of the prior game. Other changes include an updated control scheme, graphics, and leveling up system to allow players to play the way they like. Sebastian can now use the green gel introduced in the first game to level up his abilities, which have been broken up into health, stealth, combat, recovery and athleticism.

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Evil Within 2 was released Friday, October 13, 2017 on Xbox One, Playstation 4, and PC. The Free Trial containing the opening chapters of the game is now available on all platforms.