The quality of movie-based video games occasionally gets questioned, yet the Evil Dead series has had some success with them in the past. Its ongoing involvement with interactive adaptations—Evil Dead: The Game is the tenth one since the mid-1980s—can be credited for this. Fans and critics alike praised the game’s survival horror gameplay and multiplayer options, which included cooperative and competitive modes.
Unexpectedly, Sabre Interactive has decided to stop providing active support for the most recent Evil Dead game, starting immediately, the company said on social media. This indicates that there won’t be any more DLC for the game and that the previously mentioned Nintendo Switch port, which was first unveiled in late 2020, was ultimately scrapped. Although the studio did not give detailed justifications for this choice, it did assure current gamers that the servers wouldn’t be shut off in the “foreseeable future.” As long as the game is still playable, Sabre Interactive will keep working to address serious bugs as they appear.
Following this announcement, several followers expressed their dismay on social media. Many thought there was still a lot of potential in Evil Dead: The Game. Sabre Interactive didn’t give any explanations for its choice, but ending active support for a live-service game after only 16 months definitely hints at a considerable drop in player numbers. For organizations with considerable resources and numerous active projects, player engagement is typically what drives such actions.
It’s likely that Sabre decided it was not financially feasible to produce further content given their choice to discontinue active support for Evil Dead: The Game. The reason for the Switch version’s termination is yet unknown, although it raises the likelihood that the transfer was incomplete even after a lengthy development time.
Furthermore, it’s conceivable that instructions from more senior members of the corporate hierarchy were the driving force behind the decision to stop providing active support for Evil Dead: The Game. In particular, Embracer Group, the parent company of Sabre, recently disclosed plans for considerable cost-cutting initiatives. This includes a careful assessment of numerous initiatives as part of a drive to streamline operations in light of the difficult conditions facing the world economy.