The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

Texas Chain Saw Massacre will hold technical test in May, ahead of August launch

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Sumo Digital’s asymmetrical multiplayer take on The Texas Chain Saw Massacre is locking in dates for both a technical test and full release. The gory multiplayer will test the waters on May 25, with a full release scheduled for August 18, 2023.

Based on the 1974 horror film, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre looks to pit hapless travelers against the Slaughter family that loves to prey on them. It seems to be following in the same asymmetrical steps of many other multiplayer horror games these days. The victims run and hide, using stealth and wits to survive as the Slaughter Family players hunt them down. And you really don’t want to get caught, as you can see in today’s release date trailer, via IGN:

Just real gnarly stuff. This does not seem like a multiplayer game for the faint of heart.

Deep in the heart of Texas

If that seems like your type of jam, though, there will be a technical test to kick the tires of this new horror game in May. Gun and Sumo Digital advise those who want to know more about the test to follow The Texas Chain Saw Massacre social channels, or you could keep an eye on the Steam page.

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre game interests me, though not solely because of my Texan roots. Many asymmetrical horror games have come and gone, and it feels like the extremely specific adaptations sometimes have trouble sticking around. Going up against established, multi-property juggernauts like Dead By Daylight has to be tough, so I’m curious to see what Sumo Digital brings to the table to make the Slaughter Family’s horror experience stand out. You know, aside from the chainsaws.

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre hits on August 18 for PC, PlayStation 4, PS5, Xbox Series X|S, and Xbox One. It’ll also be a Game Pass day one game, for both Xbox and PC.


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