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Evil Dead: The Game Cover Story – Raising Hell

Saber Interactive and Boss Team Games are targeting the asymmetrical horror genre for a battle between demons and survivors, but it’s quite different than other creature feature forays on the market. In Evil Dead: The Game, don’t expect to find the human heroes cowering in corners or attempting to flee – this 4v1 fear festival takes the fight directly to the forces of evil, hacking enemies in half and blowing them to pieces. In 1981, Sam Raimi’s The Evil Dead made a grisly splash onto the horror scene, featuring what’s become an almost formulaic setup: Five unfortunate friends head out to a cabin in the woods for a good time, and then, spoiler alert, good times are not had. The idyllic journey into the country turns into a bloody massacre, spurred on by an ancient evil book known as the Necronomicon. I remember I first saw the movie in a time when villains like Freddy Krueger, Jason Voorhees, and Michael Myers fought for dominance over our grade-school nightmares. The film offered the terrifying simplicity of facing your friends after they become possessed undead. It gloried in the sheer, unflinching willingness to lean into the intimate, grim goriness of it all, and the experience left a strong impression. Interestingly enough, it’s possible that The Evil Dead wouldn’t have had the chance to thrive without horror maestro Stephen King’s praise. After seeing it out of competition at the 1982 Cannes Film Festival, King wrote a rave review, leading to New Line Cinema picking the film up for distribution. The movie has gone down as a cult classic and had plenty of influence within the horrorsphere. But Bruce Campell’s portrayal of character Ash Williams has undeniably become the campy, comical face of the otherwise incredibly macabre franchise, infusing the gruesome themes and blood splatters with a hefty dose of comedic quips and one-liners. Multiple films followed the original, including Evil Dead 2 and the completely off-the-wall Army of Darkness, where Ash travels back to medieval times to fight the titular demonic forces. In more modern times, the series has had both a soft reboot and a TV series, with yet another film, Evil Dead Rise, scheduled to hit this year. And then, of course, there’s Saber Interactive’s upcoming game. Read more...
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    Xbox Insider Release Notes – Omega (2008.200917-0845)

    Hey Xbox Insiders! We have a new Xbox One update preview coming to the Omega ring. It’s important we note that some updates made in these preview OS builds include background improvements that ensure a quality and stable build for Xbox One.

    We continue to post these release notes, even when the noticeable changes to the UI are minimal, so you’re aware when updates are coming to your device. Details can be found below!

    Xbox Insider Release Notes

    System Update Details:

    • OS version released: RS_XBOX_RELEASE_200819041.4171.200917-0845
    • Available: 6 p.m. PT – September 18, 2020
    • Mandatory: 3 a.m. PT – September 19, 2020

    Fixes Implemented

    Thanks to the hard work of Xbox engineers, we are happy to announce the following fixes have been implemented for this build:

    New Store Experience

    • Fixed an issue where the Store would not launch and repeatedly prompted to install an update.

    Known Issues

    We understand some issues have been listed in previous Xbox Insider Release Notes. These items aren’t being ignored, but it will take Xbox engineers more time to find a solution.

    We’re still tracking these known issues:

    Audio

    • Users who have Dolby Atmos enabled and console display settings set to 120hz with 36 bits per pixel (12-bit) are experiencing loss of Dolby Atmos audio in some situations.
      • Workaround: Disable 120hz or set Video Fidelity to 30 bits per pixel (10-bit) or lower.
    • Some users have reported that Dolby Atmos for Headphones audio setting changes when the console is rebooted/updated.
      • Note: If you attempt to set the audio to Dolby Atmos for Headphones and see a message advising you to launch the Dolby Access App, please file feedback before launching the app.

    Guide

    • Some users have reported that the audio mixer cannot be used to adjust chat/game audio levels.

    My Games & Apps

    • Users have reported seeing black tiles instead of game artwork when browsing their collection.
      • Note: We are still investigating the issue, please report the issue again from the console if you have done so with a prior update and are still seeing this behavior.
    • Some titles in collection may appear with a “trial” tag incorrectly in collection.

    New Store Experience

    • Some titles may display a “Not currently available” message on the product page and will be unavailable to purchase
      • Note: Users can use the Microsoft Store on the web or Windows to complete purchases for these items.
    • Users will not be able to use the “gifting” option for both Xbox 360 and original Xbox titles at this time.
    • Users will not be able to use the “Build a bundle” functionality at this time
      • Workaround: Create the bundle via the Microsoft Store on the web or Windows.
    • Xbox Design Lab customization is not currently supported.
      • Workaround: Use the Microsoft Store on the web or Windows to purchase.

    Profile Color

    • Sometimes users may encounter the incorrect Profile color when powering on the console.

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    Thank you to every Xbox Insider in the subreddit today. We love that it has become such a friendly and community-driven hub of conversation and support.

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