Evil Dead: The Game
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Developer(s)Saber Interactive
Publisher(s)Saber Interactive
Director(s)
  • Jesús Iglesias
  • Jules Faivre
  • Marcos Falcón Pérez
Designer(s)
  • Jesús Iglesias
  • Santiago Cobo Roldán
Programmer(s)
  • Marcos Falcón Pérez
  • José Daniel Sánchez López
  • Mariano Cicchinelli Cortina
Artist(s)
  • Jules Faivre
  • Oscar Martín Quintanilla
  • Germán Zamorano Córdoba
  • Ángel Arenas Civantos
  • Fernando Román
Composer(s)
EngineUnreal Engine[2]
Platform(s)
Release
  • Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S
  • May 13, 2022[1]
  • Nintendo Switch
  • TBA
Genre(s)Survival horror
Mode(s)Single-player, multiplayer

Evil Dead: The Game is a survival horror video game based on the Evil Dead franchise. It was developed and published by Saber Interactive. It features co-operative gameplay and player versus player (PvP) combat.[3][4] The game also features Bruce Campbell as Ash Williams, as well as Dana DeLorenzo as Kelly Maxwell[4] and Ray Santiago as Pablo Simon Bolivar from the television series Ash vs Evil Dead.[5]

Evil Dead: The Game was released for Microsoft Windows via the Epic Games Store, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S on May 13, 2022. It will be released for Nintendo Switch at a later date.[1][3][4][6]

Gameplay

Evil Dead: The Game is an asymmetrical multiplayer game. The game features both co-operative gameplay and player versus player (PvP) combat, although the single-player mode requires an internet connection to be played.[3][4][7] The game features a level-up system, as well as skill tree mechanics.[8] It will also feature multiple maps, including the cabin in the woods from the Evil Dead film series, along with over 25 weapons, including Ash's chainsaw and boomstick.[9] At launch, the game features 4 playable survivor classes (Leaders, Warriors, Hunters and Supports), and 3 playable demons (the Warlord, the Puppeteer, and the Necromancer).[10][11]

Marketing

Evil Dead: The Game was announced at The Game Awards on December 10, 2020.[9] Official reveal trailers for the game were uploaded to YouTube that same day.[12][13]

American rapper Method Man released a song, "Come Get Some", in an official collaboration with the game; the song is produced by Statik Selektah, and features verses from Method Man's son PXWER and U-God's son inTeLL.[14] It also contains samples of the original The Evil Dead score by Joseph LoDuca and lines spoken by Ash Williams.[14] The song is featured in the game's launch trailer, which was released on May 14, 2022.[15][additional citation(s) needed]

Special effects artist Tom Savini designed an exclusive Ash skin that was given to players who preorder the Collector's Edition of the game.[16]

Reception

Evil Dead: The Game received "mixed or average" reviews for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S according to review aggregator Metacritic;[18][19] the PC version received "generally favorable" reviews.[17]

Mark Delaney of GameSpot gave the game a score of 6 out of 10, praising its faithfulness to the Evil Dead franchise and class-based character design while criticizing the progression as slow, story missions as undeveloped, and PvP combat as unbalanced.[22] Jordan Gerblick of GamesRadar+ commended the game's approachability, graphics, and homages made to the franchise while taking issue with the lack of content, difficulty in single-player missions, and the lack of more traversal options.[23] Travis Northup of IGN gave the game 8 out of 10, writing, "Evil Dead: The Game is an awesome asymmetric multiplayer game that, like its source material, is far better than it has any right to be given its frustrating lack of polish and being somewhat light on maps and modes."[25] Hardcore Gamer appreciated the game's visuals, atmosphere, fluid combat, strategy, online play, and fanservice material while taking minor issues with the redundant audio and lack of content.[24] VG247 rated the game 4 stars out of 5 and stated, "Evil Dead: The Game is a good time...however, horror fans without an affinity towards the series will likely find more fun in alternative multiplayer horror games, and they'll probably find more accessibility-friendly games, too."[30]

The game sold 500,000 copies in five days.[32]

See also

References

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