Why Mikami chose 'The Evil Within' and why Tango Gameworks joined Zenimax

In a year where we will see a lot of horror games, and a lot of quality ones at that, The Evil Within is setting up to be one of the most anticipated titles, especially since it's coming from one of the publishers known for highly quality games, Bethesda Softworks.

Recently, Shinji Mikami, who is the boss of The Evil Within, discussed the reasons behind why he wanted to make The Evil Within as well as why Tango Gameworks made the decision to ultimately join the ranks of Zenimax.

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sigfredod3779d ago

The father of RE on thy i trust to deliver what Capcom lost sight long ago

adorie3779d ago

SSAO, I mean, So, they became Zenimax Asia.

TheEnigma3133779d ago

The Evil within looks scary as ****. This is what RE should have evolved into. I'm definitely looking forward to this.

Akuma2K3772d ago (Edited 3772d ago )

So true about the RE series evolving, i think RE4 was heading in the right direction toward that way but Capcom messed it all up with RE5 and RE6 and the series was never the same.

Even with Capcom announcing RE7, they have one heck of an uphill climb to make that game better than Outlast and if The Evil Within is even scarier than Outlast then it won't matter if Capcom go back to the RE1 and RE2 roots to make RE7 because other development teams are doing things better and different in terms of creepiness and spookiness, atmosphere, music and "scare moments" etc...

I'm still trying to finish Outlast, i'm stuck in the sewer trying to get away from the fat dude....lol

Rhezin3779d ago

Horror has finally made it's return. First Outlast, then The Forest, and now The Evil Within. Can't wait!

Akuma2K3772d ago

Never heard of the Forest game, is that new, old or a port ?

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10 Biggest Xbox Mistakes of All Time (So Far)

The Xbox brand has done a lot of good over the years, but their various blunders are pretty wild to look back on in their magnitude.

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piroh20d ago (Edited 20d ago )

Ironically number 9 can save them at this point (releasing games on multiple platforms)

ChasterMies19d ago

By “save them” you mean make more profit for Microsoft. Xbox will still be a dying hardware platform.

OtterX19d ago

You could add the naming scheme for the consoles, it just confuses customers. I know they wanted to avoid traditional numbering bc it would always be lower than their competitor, but this whole 360 then One then Series thing is confusing af. Imagine a Soccer Mom trying to figure this stuff out. I still mistakenly call the Series X the One from time to time on accident.

RNTody19d ago

Don't forget about the Xbox One, Xbox One X and Xbox Series X! Good luck to Soccer moms around the world.

S2Killinit19d ago (Edited 19d ago )

They did that on purpose to confuse and direct attention away from the generational numbering.

MS doesn’t like reminding people that they joined the industry after others had already been involved in gaming.

For instance, they called the xbox “360” to combat PlayStation “3” because they wanted to seem like “more” than “3”, so instead of xbox 2, they opted for xbox 360. Also this had the additional benefit of selling consoles to uninformed parents who might purchase a “360” instead of a “3” by mistake, or because they thought 360 was more than 3. Kind of a disingenuous move.

They have been continuing with their confusing naming patterns for pretty much the same reasons. Frankly, it fits with who and what they are as a brand.

FinalFantasyFanatic18d ago

I can understand their reasoning, but whoever came up with that naming scheme should be fired, bad naming schemes have killed consoles (I'm pretty sure it was the major reason for the downfall of the WiiU). They should have had unqiue names like Nintendo and Sega have had for their consoles, far less confusing for the consumer.

rob-GP15d ago

@FinalFantasyFanatic "They should have had unqiue names like Nintendo..."

lol, you mean:

GameBoy, GameBoy Advanced, GameBoy Colour, GameBoy SP
3DS, 3DS XL, New 3DS, New 3DS XL
Wii, Wii U
Switch, Switch OLED

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Cacabunga19d ago (Edited 19d ago )

Phil Spencer is the worst that has happened to Xbox.
They built a respectable brand up to Xbox one. Then this guy took over and things became a joke

Reaper22_19d ago

He still has his job. Something you can't say about Jim Ryan.

Cacabunga19d ago

Both bad execs. One is on job and one thankfully retired.

FinalFantasyFanatic18d ago (Edited 18d ago )

I didn't like either person, both people damaged their respective brands and produced worse outcomes, but Phil did save the Xbox brand from being retired by Microsoft. Although in hindsight, he should have just let it die, rather than languish in limbo like it is now.

Rainbowcookie17d ago

Yeah but the one that was "bad" didn't even affect sales.

bunt-custardly19d ago

Phil Spencer was also on the team back when 360 was around, alongside Shane Kim, Peter Moore etc. I think the damage that did the most harm was the Don Mattrick "Always Online" console (ahead of its time basically). They handed Sony and Nintendo a free-pass when that was revealed. It went downhill from there. Then the corporate machine went into full swing to try and recover. They have to a degree as a games company for the masses, and less so for the core gamer. Outside USA, the Xbox brand does not sell as well as Japanese based consoles (citation needed).

Cacabunga19d ago

Want a decision maker. The always online and TV plans was a disaster yes, but they caught up by announcing 1st party games that gamers actually kept the hype going.. until this moron took over and introduced the PC day one release.. e all know where that ended..

S2Killinit19d ago

I dont think they were ever a respectable brand, not since the beginning, when their goal was never to be involved and share in the gaming space. I think the OG xbox was an exception because MS as a brand was still getting its foot in and so the people behind that were people of the gaming industry.

FinalFantasyFanatic18d ago

The 360 was the brand in its prime though, everything went downhill towards the end of that generation. Its staple games like Halo, Forza and Gears are what kept the console relevant and afloat for so long.

MaximusPrime_19d ago

Really good video.

I remember the days with RRoD was big news on here, N4G.

Microsoft had it turbulence number of years.

Looking at the success of Sea of Thieves despite being 6 years old, time to release Halo, Forza horizon 4 & 5 on PS5. It'll help their revenue

shinoff218319d ago (Edited 19d ago )

2 of the 4 games they did already sold really well. So it's definitely going down. Idk about halo or forza but I feel those studios they've bought in the last 5 years, their coming

ChasterMies19d ago

I found this video painful to watch. Can someone list them out?

Top 10 for me from are:
1. 2013 reveal presentation
2. Bundling Kinect 2 with Xbox One
3. RRoD or why rushing to market with hardware is always a bad idea.
4. Buying studios only to close them.
5. Ads on the Home Screen
6. Letting Halo die.
7. Letting Geard of War die.
8. Every console name
9. Charging for Xbox Live on Xbox 360 when Sony let PS3 players play online for free.
10. Cancelling release of OG Xbox games after the Xbox 360 launched.