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The Evil Within 2

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The Evil Within 2
The Evil Within 2 cover
Developers
Tango Gameworks
Publishers
Bethesda Softworks
Engines
STEM Engine[1]
Release dates
Windows October 13, 2017
Reception
Metacritic 80
OpenCritic 80
IGDB 81
Taxonomy
Monetization One-time game purchase
Series The Evil Within
The Evil Within 2 on HowLongToBeat
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The Evil Within 2 on Wikipedia
The Evil Within
The Evil Within 2014
The Evil Within 2 2017

Key points

Low CPU and GPU utilization resulting in low FPS or micro-stuttering is still present in the latest version.[2][3][4]

General information

Official Support Page
GOG.com Community Discussions for game series
GOG.com Support Page
Steam Community Discussions

Availability

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
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1 Disc containing 20% of the game's data
Windows
Epic Games Store
DRM-free after installation through Epic Games Launcher (notes may include more details)
DRM-free when a shortcut is made directly to the executable, with the -EpicPortal command appended to the Target URL. Prompts to verify game can be ignored.[5]
Windows
GamersGate
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Windows
Gamesplanet logo.svg
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Windows
GOG.com
DRM-free
Windows
Green Man Gaming
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Windows
Humble Store
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Windows
Microsoft Store
Microsoft Store
Included with Xbox Game Pass for PC
Windows
Steam
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Windows
Bethesda.net (unavailable)
Bethesda.net Launcher
Windows
A demo is available on Steam.

Monetization

DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
The Last Chance Pack Pre-order bonus, and included with the GOG version.
Windows

Essential improvements

In-game general settings.
In-game general settings.

Skip intro videos

Apply The Evil Within 2 Intro Skip[6]

Game data

In-game HUD display settings.
In-game HUD display settings.

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Epic Games Launcher %USERPROFILE%\Saved Games\TangoGameworks\The Evil Within 2 (Epic)\base\the_evil_within_2Config.cfg
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Saved Games\TangoGameworks\The Evil Within 2\base\the_evil_within2Config.cfg
Microsoft Store
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/601430/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location

System Location
Epic Games Launcher %USERPROFILE%\Saved Games\TangoGameworks\The Evil Within 2 (Epic)\base\savegame\
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Saved Games\TangoGameworks\The Evil Within 2\base\savegame\
Microsoft Store
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/601430/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
Epic Games Launcher
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud
Backs up saved games and user settings.
Xbox Cloud

Video

In-game video settings.
In-game video settings.
In-game advanced video settings.
In-game advanced video settings.

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
Multi-monitor
Cutscenes are 16:9 pillarboxed.[7] Use the 48:9 cutscenes fix.
Ultra-widescreen
Cutscenes are 16:9 pillarboxed.[8] Use the 21:9 cutscenes fix or the solution from RoseTheFlower..
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
45-90° horizontal. Changes dynamically depending on the scene/location.
Windowed
Also supports hotsampling.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
4x by default.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
FXAA, TAA, TAA+FXAA
Vertical sync (Vsync)
Display based, display based (half), 60 FPS, 30 FPS, and disabled.
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
Capped at 240 FPS. However; the game will exponentially speed up at 240 FPS while mostly remaining fine at lower rates.
High dynamic range display (HDR)
See the glossary page for potential alternatives.

Post-processing

Use The Evil Within 2 3D Vision fix[9]
Adjusts the in-game post-process filters via hotkeys.
Hotkey Effect Notes
F4 Color filter toggle Enabled by default. This disables the color filter, making the game more colorful.
F5 TAA toggle Disabled by default.
F6 Sharpening strength multipliers x0 by default. Options are x1, x2, x3, and x4.
0 Vignette toggle Disabled by default. Vignette makes the borders dark but the center brighter.
9 Main lens flares presets Disabled by default.

Input

In-game controls settings.
In-game controls settings.

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Remapping
You may have to edit some of the lines in the config if you use custom bindings.
Mouse acceleration
No in-game option and doesn't seem like there's any acceleration by default.
Mouse sensitivity
Separate menu and in-game sensitivity sliders.
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller
Controller support
Full controller support
Controller remapping
Two pre-defined layouts.
Controller sensitivity
Separate X- and Y-axis sensitivity.
Controller Y-axis inversion
X-axis inversion also available.
Controller types
XInput-compatible controllers
Xbox button prompts
Impulse Trigger vibration
PlayStation controllers
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Generic/other controllers
Additional information
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Can be disabled.
Digital movement supported
Simultaneous controller+KB/M
Rapidly changes button prompts.

Audio

In-game audio settings.
In-game audio settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Sliders for Master, SFX, Voice, Music and Cinematic levels. A dynamic range setting is also present.
Surround sound
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Title screen produces sound, but main game forces a pause on Alt+Tab which switches to silence.
Royalty free audio

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
Simplified Chinese
Traditional Chinese
French
German
Hungarian
Fan translation.
Italian
Japanese
Korean
Polish
Brazilian Portuguese
Russian
Spanish
Latin American Spanish
Retail only. Download.

VR support

Issues fixed

Communicator stops working

Open the map screen and close it[10]
Press the aiming button then release it[citation needed]
Restart the game or load a save game[11]

DXVK may help alleviate stuttering

DXVK is a DLL that is used to translate DirectX calls to Vulkan. It has been reported that it can help alleviate stutters for some machines.[1]
Download the latest version of DXVK
Extract all of the files in the x64 folder to your The Evil Within 2 install directory

Other information

API

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 11
Shader Model support 5.0
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows

Middleware

Middleware Notes
Physics Havok
Audio Wwise
Cutscenes Bink Video 4K upscaled cutscenes available from Nexus Mods.

Mods

4K Remastered Pre-Rendered Cutscenes [Bink 2]

Download the 4K Remastered Pre-Rendered Cutscenes within the guide - Steam Guide[12]
Aims to remove compression artefacts and improve frame details, including multithreaded Bink decoding.

Console

Use the +com_allowconsole 1 parameter to activate the in-game console and access it with Insert. For a list of commands type listCMDs and listCvars.
Achievements become disabled and once the game saves this can not be reverted for that save file.

System requirements

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 7
Processor (CPU) Intel Core i5-2400
AMD FX-8320
System memory (RAM) 8 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 40 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce GTX 660
AMD Radeon HD 7970
2 GB of VRAM
A 64-bit operating system is required.


Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/601430/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (601430) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.

References

  1. The Evil Within 2 Powered by Modified idTech: STEM Engine - Rely on Horror - last accessed on 17 May 2023
  2. Digital Foundry's The Evil Within 2: The Complete PC And Xbox One Analysis! - YouTube - last accessed on May 2023
  3. The Evil Within 2 shines on PS4 - but Xbox One and PC fall short - Eurogamer.net - last accessed on 2018-05-21
  4. GPU usage fixed? :: The Evil Within 2 General Discussions - last accessed on 2018-05-21
  5. Verified by User:Dribbleondo on 2023-10-26
    Was able to play offline for 10 minutes, and all Bethesda prompts could be cancelled without breaking the game.
  6. Verified by User:Waschbär on 2018-05-21
  7. View topic - EvilWithin 2 Cutscenes Fix (Update: v1.05) | WSGF
  8. The Evil Within 2 - Album on Imgur - last accessed on 2018-05-21
  9. Verified by User:Keith on 2021-10-10
  10. Verified by User:Shooterboss on 2023-03-06
  11. Verified by User:Forealdo on 2019-07-14
  12. Verified by User:No_one_17 on 2021-12-25