The classic Evil Dead franchise is back again in video game form, as a co-op shooter dropping next year for Nintendo Switch and other platforms. Saber Interactive and Boss Team Games’ Evil Dead: The Game was announced at yesterday’s The Game Awards 2020, and an introductory trailer shows us what to expect. It’s going down the co-op route, featuring various PvE and PvP modes.
The trailer opens up with the sound of original voice actor Bruce Campbell, who returns to the franchise as Ash. The game will take inspiration from the original trilogy of movies and even the STARZ series Ash vs Evil Dead. Ash is then joined by three other characters though, as the game reveals its co-op nature. These other characters span different entries in the Evil Dead franchise.
The team will be “exploring, looting, crafting, managing your fear, and finding key artifacts to seal the breach between worlds.” However, you can also play as the Kandarian Demon to hunt them “while possessing Deadites, the environment, and even the survivors themselves as you seek to swallow their souls!” There will be more than 25 weapons in the game, including necessities like Ash’s Gauntlet, the Boomstick, and the chainsaw, and there will be skill trees for enhancing characters.
Some juicy gameplay was revealed in the Evil Dead: The Game trailer. It looks quite like third-person Left 4 Dead, which is no surprise as Saber Interactive is part of the development team. Saber delivered World War Z last year (Switch release soon), which was exactly that — a third-person Left 4 Dead. It seems like a no-brainer to bring them aboard then, and the gameplay looks pretty tight. There may be a flavor of the Friday the 13th game thrown in there too, with a focus on vehicles, a “cabin in the woods” setting, and general ’80s horror vibes.
Evil Dead: The Game is coming to Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and PC.