Ray's the Dead

Platform(s): Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita
Genre: Action/Adventure
Developer: Ragtag Studio
Release Date: Oct. 22, 2020

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'Ray's the Dead' (ALL) Finally Gets PS4 and PC Date, Comes to Switch In 2021 - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Oct. 8, 2020 @ 6:59 p.m. PDT

Ray's the Dead is an action-adventure game that lets you play the life and afterlife of Ray LaMorte.

Ray LaMorte is back from the dead and sporting a more ghoulish look in the afterlife, but he can’t exactly remember how he got there. Now a zombie summoning others back from the dead, Ray embarks on a surprisingly touching journey through his troubled childhood and young adult life, uncovering the mystery of his death.

Conjure hordes of zombies to do Ray’s bidding as he deftly navigates through a strangely nostalgic 80’s suburbia, creepy howling forests, and of course graveyards. Spooky settings will not be the only thing that feels familiar. Gameplay inspired by Pikmin will have Ray ordering the undead to shield him or charge in an all-out assault on frightening foes. Fight for Ray’s (after)life as things get weird in showdowns with a mystical old man, ridiculously tricked out monster truck, soviet tanks, and other 80’s inspired bosses.

Transform fallen enemies into new undead pals and carefully balance a team of ghouls that come in all flavors. Grunts, who sport special burrowing powers, are great for puzzle solving and reaching far places, while assassin types move fast with a deadly one-hit touch. Heavy zombies act as brutish bulldozers who pave the way forward by obliterating obstacles, and dog zombies stun Ray’s foes and activate objects.

Ray’s tumultuous, but heartwarming, adventure shines with playful, cartoonish designs and richly-detailed 2D character models navigating 3D environments. Whimsical settings and synthwave-inspired tunes from Jake Kaufman (Shovel Knight) and Dale North complete a charming adventure into a beloved genre with a modern flare.


Shown during Sony’s E3 2013 press conference, Ray’s the Dead will finally shuffle onto PS4 and PC (Steam) on October 22, 2020 (a few weeks later in Europe), while PS5 users can enjoy Ray’s The Dead via backwards compatibility at launch.

Ragtag Studio also invites Nintendo Switch fans to solve the mystery behind Ray’s passing in 2021.

“Yes, we did make yet another zombie game, but we’re offering way more than just ‘eating brains’,” said Shawn Halwes, technical director. “We’ve got a fantastical setting full of dark comedy, moral dilemmas, a story of redemption, the incredibly weird experience that was the 80’s, thoughtful puzzles, and extreme tactical zombie action. While eating some brains in the process, of course.”

Key Features:

  • Command a zombie army in both combat and puzzle-solving (in ever-changing gameplay scenarios), making strategic use of a variety of zombie types each with unique powers 
  • Battle your way through a 8-10 hour story campaign across 40 hand-crafted levels, lovingly draped in 1980s Americana and dense with pop culture cameos
  • Feast (your eyes) upon 3,000+ hand-drawn sprites in a playful 2D/3D mashup art style, and indulge (your ears) with a groovy pop / retro / synthwave soundtrack
  • Survive a funny-yet-touching story of redemption as you discover what life decisions led to Ray’s death, complete with hard choices of your own to make that influence the ending

Ray’s the Dead will finally shuffle onto PS4 and PC (Steam) on October 22, 2020 (a few weeks later in Europe), and coming to Nintendo Switch in 2021.

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