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Evil Dead: 5 Things We Know About The Game

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Mindless gore and god-awful one-liners? It can really only be Bruce Campbell's groovy network of cult-classic Evil Dead tales. The fact that it has now traipsed the land of the dead and set up shop in our corner of the world is almost unbelievable. And yet, here we are, counting down the days until it graces our consoles as the next movie-based counterpart to find a home away from home on digital waters.

Fortunately, enough details for the game have been given out in order for us to tally up all the key facts, meaning it's more a case of playing the waiting game, rather than actively scrubbing the barrel for leaks and rumors to stake bets on. So, with that said, here is everything we know about Evil Dead: The Game so far.

 

5. Bruce Campbell will reprise his role as Ash Williams

To be fair, there is no Evil Dead without Ash Williams, and there is no Ash Williams without Bruce Campbell. And honestly, Saber Interactive knew full well that long-term fans of the series wouldn't give the game so much as a second look if it failed to incorporate the king of one-liners. And so, rest assured knowing that Bruce Campbell will, in fact, be returning to do the voice work for Ash.

 

4. It's a multiplayer game at heart

From what we've seen of the game so far, the best way we can describe it is by comparing it to two other games that flow from the same vein. In this case, it's almost as if Left 4 Dead had a baby with Dead by Daylight, and somehow Evil Dead wound up being its adolescent child. That's really how it looks to us: a four player co-op game that pits you and a group of friends against a series of sinister folk on a plot of land torn directly from the movies. Nothing more, nothing less. But are we complaining? No. Will it be groovy? Absolutely.

Like Dead by Daylight, the game will allow for you to pick sides before booting up a fresh nightmare. One side plays the heroes, desperate to survive the night and drive back the dark forces that stalk the shadows. And the other, well — you get the idea. It's two factions warring against one another in various locations from the movies. The thing that sets it apart from its reference, however, is the brutality. With barbaric executions and a harsher focus on combat, the game will look to slot action a few spaces above stealth and strategy.

 

3. A campaign doesn't seem all that likely

Being a multiplayer game at heart, it's difficult to understand whether or not Evil Dead will feature a campaign of some sort. At present, neither Saber Interactive nor any representatives from the studio have clarified this. Fans, on the other hand, are standing by the notion of it being a multiplayer-only title, meaning a solo campaign might not happen at all.

Of course, it's worth holding out for, just in case something pops up. But if we're looking at it as an almost textbook replica of Dead by Daylight (and we most definitely are), then it's probably best to expect a co-op game and nothing more. Playing alone and with AI teammates, sure. But as far as a full-fledged single-player story goes, I mean, I wouldn't get your hopes up just yet. But that isn't to say it will never happen. After all, there's always DLC.

 

2. The whole franchise will play a role in the game

Rather than sticking to the one movie and handpicking a whole bunch of moments to bodge and batter for the game, Saber Interactive has confirmed that the whole franchise will play a role in the development of the multiplayer world. That, of course, means Evil Dead, Evil Dead 2, Army of Darkness, and STARZ' Ash vs Evil Dead will feature at some point in the game, be it a location, a character, or a weapon of some sort.

As far as gameplay goes, Evil Dead will serve up the entire arsenal as seen in the movies, including the legendary Boomstick, giving players the true Ash Williams experience. Customization is also likely to play a part in the midst of battle, allowing for survivors to tamper with equipment to build outlandish weapons, traps, and all sorts of gizmos.

 

1. It will feature cross-platform play

To be fair, it isn't anything revolutionary, but it is worth pointing out, just so there's no confusion before launch day rolls out. Evil Dead: The Game will, of course, be a cross-platform game, meaning both console and PC players will be able to soak up the same experience and go toe-to-toe with all the same spirits and survivors.

You can follow the updates for the game over on the official social handle here. Should anything new come to the table, then we'll be sure to give you all the gory details, however big or small they may be.

Evil Dead: The Game launches on Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Switch, and PC on May 13, 2022.

 

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Jord is acting Team Leader at gaming.net. If he isn't blabbering on in his daily listicles, then he's probably out writing fantasy novels or scraping Game Pass of all its slept on indies.

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