The Evil Within DLC, The Assignment, Has A Release Date

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A big part of The Evil Within contains the mysteries surrounding the unstable mind of Leslie and the questionable motives of Julie Kidman’s attempt to rescue him. Playing as Sebastian for the entirety of the base game, a lot of the questions surrounding Kidman’s motives are ultimately left unanswered. Instead, Bethesda expects to tell the full story by releasing DLC content, first with Part 1: “The Assignment.” It will be released on March 10th, with Bethesda releasing a gameplay trailer today.

Your assignment as Kidman is simple; find Leslie and keep him away from the horrors that follow him. As was the same case in The Evil Within’s standard game, it’s not that simple, as he always seems to scamper away at a moments notice. Furthermore, fantastical creature impede your progress at every turn, including the likes of gigantic beasts and troll-like figures. It’s all to appease Mobius, the mystery organization that claims you as one of their own now, making it imperative that failure is not an option.

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As much as I’m fine with video game DLC happening post-launch, and not being the case of held-back Day 1 content, I’m not quite sure if it’s fair to provide such key story content for The Evil Within in add-on game packages. Part 2, “The Consequence,” will end Kidman’s side story and fill in the holes in what she was doing for most of The Evil Within, debuting later in Spring. DLC works best when adding onto the base story, as what proved to be the excellent case with Fallout 3 and New Vegas’ optional DLC areas. Instead, it cheapens the impact of what the story brings to those who do not buy the DLC.

The Assignment is part 1 of a two-part Evil Within DLC mini-series, comprising the main story content of The Evil Within’s season pass. “The Executioner” will be released later this year, placing you as evil incarnate in The Keeper. The season pass itself will contain all 3 pieces of DLC at $19.99, while each DLC segment will retail for $9.99 individually. The Evil Within is already available on PC, PS4, Xbox One, PS3 and Xbox 360. You can check out our review of the game here.


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