October is going to be a brutal month for our wallets, there’s no question about it. One of the more promising releases that month is Tango Gameworks‘ upcoming survival horror game, The Evil Within, which is being developed by Resident Evil creator Shinji Mikami.
Originally scheduled to release on October 21st alongside more prominent titles like Battlefield: Hardline and Evolve, the game’s publisher Bethesda confirmed at Quakecon yesterday that it will release one week early on October 14th.
This may seem like a safer bet, as it’ll only be competing with Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel and the physical release of The Walking Dead: Season 2 game, but the week prior is pretty stacked as well; dropping NBA 2K15, Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, Dragon Age: Inquisition, Skylanders Trap Team, Project Spark, Alien: Isolation, Driveclub, and the console release of Tropico 5.
I guess moving the release up a week is better than a one week delay, avoiding competition from WWE 2K15, Sunset Overdrive, and Assassin’s Creed: Unity. And let’s not forget the release of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare just a few days later.
No matter when in October Bethesda wants to release the game, it’s a bad time since the month is completely stacked, but I know it just feels right for a horror game to release close to Halloween. Whether or not moving the release date up a week will benefit sales though, that remains to be seen. Either way, our bodies are not ready for such a laundry list of potential blockbusters this October, and it’s all going to boil down to which games the consumer wants the most.
Bradley Keene is the Executive Editor here at What’s Your Tag?, handling news, reviews, and a bit of our public relations communications. He’s an aspiring video game journalist, Baltimore native, and a diehard Orioles fan that’s completely obsessed with roguelikes, horror games, and point-and-click adventures. His favorite console is the Dreamcast, favorite game is the original Metroid, and he could watch The Goonies for the rest of his life. Contact him by e-mail at the address above, or follow his insanity on Twitter.