|Engine:||id Tech 5|
|Released:||March 10, 2015|
|Platforms:||Microsoft Windows, Playstation 3, Playstation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One|
The Assignment is the first DLC for The Evil Within, as well as the first of a two-part DLC, the second being The Consequence. Set before and during the events of the main game, it revolves around Juli Kidman, explaining what she was doing inside Ruvik's mind after being separated from Sebastian and Joseph, while also delving into her past and revealing her true motives.
Chapter 1: An Oath
The Chapter opens up with Marcelo Jimenez's notes from one of his trials. He details the following:
They existed together, but each saw things in their own ways. It was as if each patient's consciousness filled in the blanks, creating their own reality.
-Test notes from Trial 716-AX
Dr. Marcelo Jimenez
Kidman is assigned to take on the mission of retrieving Leslie from the STEM. She enters the machine, and while in the forest she is attacked by Oscar Connelly and falls off a cliff. She will then hear Mobius talking to her, and later will attempt to use a keypad. The keypad will not recognize her, forcing her to find the computers to get access.
Ruvik will appear later and trap Kidman. She will be saved by Sebastian and Joseph, only for her and Joseph to fall through the ground.
Chapter 2: Crossing Paths
Shade will attack Kidman whilst she is trapped by fallen rubble. Joseph will turn into a Haunted and attack Kidman. After she defeats him, the world changes and Kidman is brought back to a familiar location from her past. After getting past some Haunted and some Cadavers, she finally finds Leslie and take him to the church.
Ruvik will appear and attack Kidman through controlling Leslie. She points her gun at Leslie and both Leslie and Ruvik disappear. The Administrator will then ask her what she are doing and tell her they need Leslie alive. Kidman will tell him it's not possible, and they don't know what Ruvik is capable of. The Administrator will then chase her, forcing her to run. Once Kidman has escaped, the game ends.
The Assignment's gameplay differs heavily from The Evil Within, as Juli cannot use any firearms throughout the DLC. The only tools at Juli's disposal are the Flashlight, Bottles, and on occasion, Axes. It is impossible to directly engage any enemies, so stealth is crucial to survival and has also been updated as well to accommodate for the fact that she is unable to engage in open combat with the enemies for most of the DLC. Kidman can take cover and peek around corners, she can lure enemies by calling out from cover, she can throw bottles from cover, and open doors while crouching.
The Assignment also introduces a new gameplay mode called KURIYAMI, which disables all light in the DLC besides the flashlight. Enemy placements are still the same as they are on Survivor Difficulty
- Shining the flashlight on 5 hidden snails will unlock extra models.
- There are hidden tracks in the stages that can be played on the main menu.
- According to the art book, the new enemy Spotlight represents the lighthouse at Beacon Mental Hospital
- Shade and Cadaver were originally going to be featured in the main game.