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 then hears Mobius talking to her, and later attempts to use a keypad. The keypad does not recognize her, forcing her to find the computers to get access, dodging Haunted, Cadaver and the Shade on the way.
Ruvik appears later and traps Kidman. She is saved by Sebastian and Joseph, only for her and Joseph to fall through the ground, as in the main game.
Chapter 2: Crossing Paths
The Shade attacks Kidman while she is trapped by fallen rubble. Joseph then turns into a Haunted and attacks 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 Cadavers, she finally finds Leslie and takes him to the church.
Ruvik appears and attacks Kidman by controlling Leslie. She points her gun at Leslie and both Leslie and Ruvik disappear. The Administrator then asks her what she is doing and tells her they need Leslie alive. Kidman responds that this is not possible and that they don't know what Ruvik is capable of. The Administrator chases 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 the system has been updated to accommodate for the fact that Juli is unable to engage in open combat with the enemies for most of the DLC. Kidman can take cover and peek around corners, lure enemies by calling out from cover, 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
- The Shade and Cadaver were originally going to be featured in the main game.
- Kidman shares many animation rigs with Sebastian in the main game, though there were some new ones recorded that are exclusive to her.