Saber Interactive might not have shown up at this year’s The Game Awards, considering how busy they are with the upcoming The Evil Dead: The Game, but actor Bruce Campbell did say a few words about the upcoming title during the event. According to Campbell, the forthcoming gaming title will feature both single-player and multiplayer modes and seeks to mimic and expand upon the success of the old classic horror franchise.
According to Collider, actor Bruce Campbell disclosed that he, Ellen Sandweiss, and Hel Delrich, all from 1981’s The Evil Dead, are coming back to the franchise. However, except for live-action performances, the actors will provide voiceovers for their in-game characters, which are “playable survivors.” Betsy Baker and Theresa Tilly, or Linda and Shelly, respectively, will be making special appearances in the game, though their exact role remains mysterious at the moment. Campbell’s involvement in the game isn’t all that surprising, considering that he has been the face of marketing so far, and it’s revealed that he’ll portray four different versions of his character, Ash, including the fan-favorite “Evil Ash.” Groovy.
The cast members join the previously revealed playable characters, such as Albert from Army of Darkness, and Pablo Simon Bolivar, and Kelly Maxwell from Ash vs. Evil Dead. It seems that the horror-loving gaming community is getting another expansive game honoring the legendary franchise since the potential for Downloadable Content here is basically unlimited. Bruce Campbell hasn’t revealed any more detail, except that more characters and relevant information will be revealed in 2022.
Bruce Campbell might’ve referred to the game’s release date, which is just around the corner — The Evil Dead: The Game has been scheduled for a February 2022 release. It turns out that the fans won’t have to wait long for more news since the game’s release is coming soon. We would call this big news, but the franchise has remained in somewhat of a horror-show spotlight, with active releases on several media, like television shows, comic books, and video games.
Evil Dead began with a 1981 film of the same name, starring Bruce Campbell as Ashley Joanna “Ash” Williams, the franchise’s protagonist. The original trilogy consists of Evil Dead, Evil Dead II, and Army of Darkness films, which were all written and directed by 2002’s Spider-Man director Sam Raimi. However, it expanded into other formats, including video games, comic books, and a 2015 television series on the Starz cable network. The fourth installment in the cinematic franchise, also called Evil Dead, was both a soft reboot of the series as well as a loose continuation of the franchise. A new film, Evil Dead Rise, is set to release in 2022 on HBO Max, starring Bruce Cambell as Ash, once again.
As far as the game goes, it’s scheduled to release in February 2022 on Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 5/4, Nintendo Switch, and PC. Fans will then be able to hear Bruce Campbell take on four versions of Ash. Interestingly enough, the game isn’t available for a pre-order, but considering that the project is funded by five different movie studios and television networks, that isn’t so surprising.