The Evil Within 2 will retain standard format screen aspect ratio

For all fans of survival horror and even more for the fans of Shinji Mikami’s work, The Evil Within 2 represents one of the most important titles for the rest of the year. With its debut scheduled for October 13 this year, the information related to the game begins to give us an idea of what we can expect and this time John Johanas, director of the game, talked about some important aspects.


The Evil Within 2 is directed by John Johanas, exchanging roles with Shinji Mikami who is now producer of the game; the director was interviewed by IGN and there he revealed important information about the game.

At first, Johanas confirmed that the new franchise of the game will not use the screen aspect that was present for a time in the first installment, The Evil Within, which offered a 2.5:1 aspect ratio (letterbox), which forced to see, at all times, black stripes at the bottom and top of the screen: “We understand that it wasn’t something well received, even if internally we liked the direction. This time the game is played in standard format.”

At the same time, the director of The Evil Within 2 revealed that the changes in reality that the detective Sebastián Castellanos experiences will be present in the game but under another structure: “Shifting realities is a key part of the franchise and it exists in the game again, however thematically it won’t be as jarring as it was in the first game. Even with the disorientation, this time there’s a bit more logic to when and how it happens.”

Finally, the director reported that although The Evil Within 2 is not an open world game, it will be much longer than the first game: “The Evil Within 2 isn’t an open world game, but has sections where the maps get very large and open up a bunch of options for you. From an actual landmass perspective it’s the biggest map we’ve ever put together, but what it does is allow you to explore or prepare as much as you’d like before you want to proceed with the story. There are still linear sections and points of no-return, but for a good portion of the game you can backtrack and search for side objections.”

The Evil Within 2 will arrive on October 13 on PS4, Xbox One, and PC.