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The Evil Within release date set for late August

Bethesda couldn't have picked a better time to announce the release date of The Evil Within. Nothing says Valentine's Day affection like the fetid mould of a nightmarish industrial hellscape made from razor wire and screaming. You can certainly feel the love oozing through the game, assuming that by "love" you really mean "pools of clotting blood". Well, it is a holiday all about the heart.

The publisher has certainly realised my own worst nightmares, by revealing the August 26th launch through a Vine teaser. Shudder.

Shinji Mikami's return to survival horror certainly seems like a promising, if perhaps familiar scare-fest. As you can see from Chris's preview , it's even got a Chainsaw Guy, which is pretty high-up the genre's cliche checklist.

Last September, Bethesda released an extended trailer for the game, which should give you a solid idea of what to expect.

Phil Savage

Phil has been writing for PC Gamer for nearly a decade, starting out as a freelance writer covering everything from free games to MMOs. He eventually joined full-time as a news writer, before moving to the magazine to review immersive sims, RPGs and Hitman games. Now he leads PC Gamer's UK team, but still sometimes finds the time to write about his ongoing obsessions with Destiny 2, GTA Online and Apex Legends. When he's not levelling up battle passes, he's checking out the latest tactics game or dipping back into Guild Wars 2. He's largely responsible for the whole Tub Geralt thing, but still isn't sorry.