Groovy, the long wait for news is over for horror fans. Here’s what you can expect from "Evil Dead: The Game."
The Evil Dead franchise has been delighting horror fans since the early 1980s, when the sleeper hit film of the same name, directed by Sam Raimi and produced by Raimi, Robert Tapert, and star Bruce Campbell was released. The Evil Dead (1981) spawned a media franchise and the lead protagonist, Ash Williams, has become a cultural icon. It’s been 40 years, and horror fans can finally enjoy a gaming experience that allows them to step into the shoes of Ash Williams or one of his friends from the iconic franchise. Evil Dead: The Game (2021) is coming, and I’ve got the details about the gameplay you can expect from the world premiere of the Official Gameplay Trailer that dropped during Summer Game Fest on June 10th.
The game features Bruce Campbell as the voice of Ash Williams, but players can enjoy a multiplayer experience, as one of his companions from across the Evil Dead universe. Choose to play as Ash’s little sister, Cheryl Williams, or Scotty, Lord Arthur, or Pablo Simon Bolivar, or Kelly Maxwell. Players have the option to fight for the forces of good or evil, by taking control of a Kandarian Demon to hunt Ash and his friends while possessing Deadites, the environment, and other survivors. Characters in the game will be recognizable from The Evil Dead (1981), Evil Dead II (1987), Army of Darkness (1993), and Ash vs. Evil Dead (2015). A fourth sequel, Evil Dead Rise did begin filming in June 2021 with Lee Cronin directing, but there’s no word yet on when that title is set to release, or if it will be incorporated into the game.
The game will feature visuals that capture the look and feel of the Evil Dead franchise, with realistic visuals and a physics-based gore system. You’ll recognize from the trailer familiar locations from within the universe that horror fans know and love. As one of the heroes, you’ll engage in combat against the Deadites, using a variety of weapons and performing savage finishing moves; Boomstick and Chainsaw included. Players will also have objectives like collecting pages from the Necronomicon, uncovering Professor Knowby’s lost tapes, and tracking down legendary artifacts. When you’ve collected enough materials, you’ll have the power to banish the Kandarian Demon back to hell.
The gameplay looks absolutely stellar, and I for one can’t wait to jump into the world of Evil Dead with my friends. As a huge fan of the franchise, I can’t wait to battle against the Deadites. Be sure to keep watching the trailer until the very end, or you’ll miss a special appearance from Evil Ash, the main antagonist from Army of Darkness.
You can “come get some” in the multiplayer co-op game and PvP in 2021 on PC, Xbox One, Xbox X|S, Playstation 4, Playstation 5, and Nintendo Switch. Saber Interactive, the developer, has yet to set an official launch date for the game. Let’s hope the game arrives just in time for Halloween!
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