The Evil Within: people have become harder to scare, says Mikami

Thursday, 5th December 2013 10:55 GMT By Dave Cook

The Evil Within creator and Resident Evil 4 mastermind Shinji Mikami has conceded that gamers are becoming harder to scare, but remains hopeful that you’ll all be reaching for the bog roll once you sit down to play it. He didn’t really say that, by the way.

Speaking with Edge, Mikami said, “Not much has changed when it comes to instilling terror in the player. But people have got used to the tropes of horror and they know what’s coming next, so in that sense it is harder to make them afraid.”

As Phil mentioned in his Evil Within preview, Mikami’s team wrenches control away from you often, but to good effect. It makes you feel powerless, and given that you’re constantly under threat of being under-equipped and poorly-armed, you’re going to feel like a toddler doing 12 rounds against a heavyweight boxer.

The Evil Within is out in 2014, and Mikami explained how it felt to nudge closer to launch. “It’s still difficult to manage a team, but things are coming together now that the game is in a playable state,” he confirmed. “So, compared with a couple of years ago, it’s easier.

“Making games is always like a rollercoaster: really fun times, but also really busy times. When you ride a rollercoaster, the uphill part is scary and fraught and lasts for a long time, and the downhill part – the fun, exhilarating part – is over in a flash.”

Are you excited for The Evil Within? Let us know below.



  1. Pytox

    still no release date :P

    #1 1 year ago
  2. YoungZer0

    True. Most of the time you can see the jumpscare coming a mile away. I think the best jumpscares are those that hide in mundain gameplay mechanics. For example opening doors, pushing buttons. Everything that the player has to do every time and gets easily used to.

    There is a sort of security in monotone actions because they are known to us.

    #2 1 year ago
  3. ayb91

    Hhhhhhhhhh so true.

    #3 1 year ago
  4. deathm00n

    @2 This kind of scare reminds that moment in F.E.A.R. that I think everyone was scared at.

    #4 1 year ago
  5. Kuwabara

    Why not make a resident evil 1 remake for ps4 ? i bet that would scare people. That game put fear in me, to the point where i’d imagine scenarios of zombies appearing where ever i went, and i would plan how to escape them, as though it was real. How i would escape those feral dogs. I was sweating at night, in my bed, ready incase a zombie walked up the stair case. The sound of the dining room clock ticking in my head. etc. I was so happy when i beat the game, i had accomplished fear, beat the challenge. And then i fell in love with the game.

    #5 1 year ago

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