Evil Dead: The Game shuts down Switch port and cancels all future content updates


It appears like the Deadites have finally prevailed in this round, so turn down the lights and put on some ominous music. The shocking revelation just made by the game’s developer, Saber Interactive, may disappoint fans of Evil Dead: The Game who were hoping for more terrifying scenes.

The decision to stop creating new content for Evil Dead: The Game was made by Saber Interactive and was publicized via the company’s official Twitter account. As if that wasn’t a gut-punch enough, the much-anticipated Nintendo Switch version has also been shelved.

This is the complete statement:

To the Evil Dead: The Game community,

Today, we have made the decision not to pursue the development of new content for Evil Dead: The Game. We also confirm that we will not be releasing a Nintendo Switch version of the game.

We will keep the servers up for the foreseeable future and address any major issues that arise.

On behalf of the entire team at Saber, thank you for all the groovy times and your continued support.

Evil Dead: The Game, an action-packed multiplayer game based by the horror genre made by director Sam Raimi, was released in 2022. Together, players can take on the roles of well-known Evil Dead characters, such as Ash Williams, in order to battle the deadly Deadites.

In the game’s cooperative and competitive modes, players can choose to either cooperate to accomplish tasks and fend off evil forces or assume the role of the Kandarian Demon and pursue Ash and his companions.

Updates that brought in characters from the 2013 movie, such as David and Mia Allen, and the Castle Kandar map—a reference to the 1992 blockbuster Army of Darkness—were released by Saber Interactive after the game’s launch. However, the game’s content updates have been eerily silent despite the franchise’s return to theaters with Evil Dead Rise.

What then went wrong? It is possible to surmise that the number of players in the game decreased more quickly than Ash’s tolerance for Deadites. Recent data from websites such as Steam Charts present a depressing image, with player counts hardly reaching noteworthy heights. Multiplayer games usually struggle to keep a consistent player base, and it appears like Evil Dead: The Game was cursed with this problem.

Luckily, things are not entirely dire. Saber Interactive’s pledge to maintain the servers “for the foreseeable future” implies that players can still band together to battle the Deadite horde. Even while the game may not have lived up to the reputation of its film equivalents, horror aficionados may still find it to be a rather engaging experience.

Evil Dead: The Game sold 500,000 copies in five days.

These kinds of advancements are nothing new in the gaming business. Video games come and go; some become classics, while others become obscure. Fans of Evil Dead: The Game will have to settle for now with reminiscing about their encounters with the undead and hoping that the series makes a comeback in the future.

Play Evil Dead: The Game on PC via Steam, Xbox One, PS4, PS5, and Xbox Series X/S.

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