Sam Raimi’s work is getting reimagined in the shape of a video game.
Raimi’s film debuted in 1981 (as a rework of the ’78 Within the Woods short film), which was so successful that it got a sequel six years later, followed by Army of Darkness in ’93. The fourth film in the series shared the name with the first one in 2013, but it was also meant to be a soft reboot of the series.
Now, a game is being developed at Boss Team Games (World War Z), and the publisher will be the now-Embracer Group-owned Saber Interactive. Let’s see what they have to say about it: „For the first time, the Evil Dead universe comes together in one over-the-top experience starring boomstick-brandishing, chainsaw-wielding horror hero Ashley J. Williams. Boss Team Games has entered into an epic collaboration with Renaissance Pictures, Studio Canal, leading entertainment company Metro Goldwyn Mayer (MGM), and global content leader Lionsgate to create this one-of-a-kind game.
Based on the Evil Dead franchise and characters created by Sam Raimi, Robert Tapert, and Bruce Campbell, the game casts players against the forces of evil that have been unleashed from the Necronomicon Ex-Mortis, with sights and sounds inspired by the films The Evil Dead, Evil Dead II: Dead by Dawn, and Army of Darkness, as well as the STARZ original Ash vs. Evil Dead television series. Work together as a team of four survivors, exploring, looting, crafting, managing your fear, and finding key artefacts to seal the breach between worlds. Or take control of the powerful Kandarian Demon to hunt Ash and his friends while possessing Deadites, the environment, and even the survivors themselves as you seek to swallow their souls!
Plenty of surprises await in this gore-filled battle against the evil that captures the characters, horror, humour, and action from the franchise. Battle across memorable locations including the infamous cabin in the woods brought to life with tons of terrifying visuals and all-new dialogue from Bruce Campbell. Discover more than 25 weapons, including Ash’s Gauntlet, Boomstick, and chainsaw, and advance in a variety of skill trees to grow stronger and survive in this fun co-op and player-versus-player experience,” Saber claims.
Evil Dead: The Game will launch next year on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series, PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch.
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