‘Evil Dead: The Game’ Sets New Release Date
Evil Dead: The Game had a bit of a release date set back unfortunately. The game was on course to arrive in gamers hands in February, but due to some delays the game now has a new release date. This isn’t the first time that games’ release dates have been pushed round. Trust us, game delays are for the best. Nothing like a game coming out and not working for weeks on end. Friday the 13th: The Game, I’m looking at you.
“When we set out to create a brand new game worthy of the Evil Dead franchise, we knew it had to be groovy as hell.” the devs Tweeted. “In order to deliver the best possible experience, Evil Dead: The Game is now coming on May 13, 2022. This delay gives our team the time they need to get things just right, so your boomstick will be polished, fully loaded, and ready to blast Deadites on that Friday the 13th of May. We thank you for your patience and understanding.”
The synopsis for Evil Dead: The Game goes like this:
Inspired by the iconic horror, humor, and action of the “Evil Dead” universe, Evil Dead: The Game brings the biggest characters from the franchise together in an over-the-top, gore-filled experience against the forces of darkness. Work as a team of four survivors, including Ash, Kelly Maxwell, Pablo Simon Bolivar, Scotty, Lord Arthur and more, to fight the Deadites and banish the vile Kandarian Demon. Or become the mighty Demon yourself, using your powers of possession to stop the good guys dead and swallow their souls!
So, that’s that Deadites, the game is now set to arrive on Friday the 13th (May 13).
Troma’s ‘Toxic Crusaders’ Return in New Retro Beat em’ Up Game
Troma is bringing back Toxie and the gang for a second round of Toxic Crusaders mayhem. This time around the mutant team is in a beat ’em-up multiplayer game from Retrowave. Toxic Crusaders game is based on a very unexpected 90s cartoon of the same name that was based in Troma’s very violent, sexual, and over-the-top Toxic Avenger.
Toxic Avenger is still a very popular franchise of films from Troma. In fact, at the moment there is a Toxic Avenger film reboot in the works that stars Peter Dinklage, Jacob Tremblay, Taylour Paige, Kevin Bacon Julia, Davis, and Elijah Wood. We are excited to see what Macon Blair has in store for us with this big-budget version of the franchise.
Toxic Crusaders also received a video game release date for Nintendo and Sega back in 1992. The games also followed the Troma cartoon narrative.
The synopsis for Toxic Crusaders goes like this:
The hottest heroes of 1991 return for a radical, radioactive romp for a new era, featuring awesome action, crushing combos and more toxic waste than you’ll know what to do with! Developer and publisher Retroware has teamed up with Troma Entertainment to bring the Toxic Crusaders back, for an all-new, all-action beat ’em up for one to four players. Grab your mop, tutu, and attitude, and get ready to clean up the mean streets of Tromaville, one radioactive goon at a time.
Toxic Crusaders arrives on PC, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S.
Funko To Put $30M Of its Pops! In the Trash
Funko Pop! collectors know that the figurine trade is a daily volley of supply and demand. One day you have a Pop! worth $100 dollars and the next it’s worth $50. But that’s the name of the game in the trading market. As far as the corporate realm, that could spell disaster and unfortunately, Funko has been flatlining since their 2022 fourth quarter. According to CNN that means the company is literally going to trash about $30 million of product.
At the end of 2022 Funko had a surplus of merch that was worth about $246.4 million. Last year they only had half of that. That means it’s costing the company more to store the collectibles than what they are all worth.
In order to cut down on the cost, they are going to “eliminate” the excess early this year, “to reduce fulfillment costs by managing inventory levels to align with the operating capacity of our distribution center,” Funko said in a statement Wednesday. “This is expected to result in a write down in the first half of 2023 of approximately $30 to $36 million.”
In the latter part of February, investors got a call from Funko CEO Brian Mariotti. He said that the Arizona distribution center was so overstocked that he had to rent out additional storage units in order to accommodate the collectibles. The company also is reportedly reducing its workforce by 10 percent.
It wasn’t long ago when Funko was actually in the green. During the pandemic, the collectible trade was in high gear. In fact, the company made $1 billion in 2021. Compare that to the $47 million in the fourth quarter of 2022, and you can see the trouble they are in.
Funko has been struggling to gain more points on the stock market. They took a big hit last November and are still working to right themselves. Hopefully, their new clothing line and other accessories will boost sales beyond that of what the vinyl figurines bring in.
‘RoboCop: Rogue City’ Reveals First-Person Gameplay Footage in First Trailer
RoboCop: Rogue City is placing fans in the armor of Alex Murphy’s badass self. We were excited late last year when we saw a trailer for the game that launch ED-209 up against RoboCop and a whole lot of headshots and gore. Today, we finally got a look at the gameplay and we are a little bit worried.
The gameplay and controls look a bit rigid and a bit stiff when it comes to maneuverability. We are hoping that the game gets ironed out a bit more before it is released. Even the graphics look like they are lacking. Not to mention the sound design is just strangely off.
The synopsis for RoboCop: Rogue City goes like this:
Welcome to Detroit; crime runs rampant as the city lies on the edge of ruin, people fighting for scraps as others live extravagant lives of luxury. Control of the Detroit Police Department is given to the Omni Consumer Products corporation in an attempt to restore order. You are that solution, RoboCop, a cyborg tasked with protecting the city.
RoboCop: Rogue City arrives in September on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series, Steam and the Epic Games Store.