Friday the 13th: The Game Announced

Friday the 13th: The Game

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By Daniel Cooper @danielcooper179

There's a Friday the 13th game on the way... hopefully. Gun Media and developers at Illfonic have created a Kickstarter for a game titled Friday the 13th: The Game. As of the time of this writing, the project is more than a third of the way to their goal of $700,000 in only a day.

The game was originally a Friday the 13th-inspired take on the classic Horror genre and was originally announced last Fall and titled: Slasher Vol.1: Summer Camp. However, since then the team was approached by Sean Cunningham, Jason Voorhees' creator, who then gave his blessing -- and the IP rights -- to the team. Moving forward with Jason Voorhees at the game's center, the team is promising to "[revitalize] the golden era of slashers, and [put] you at the controls of each horrific, blood-splattered moment."

"Sean came to us in early 2015, but we quickly discovered these weren’t the normal business conversations you would have when you try to secure a license as important as Friday the 13th," the developers said. "It was totally different. It was a conversation built on mutual admiration and respect for what each had created. Sean immediately noticed the passion we had for Friday the 13th, and after several incredible meetings over the next few months, we decided to upgrade our plans for Summer Camp and embrace the Friday the 13th video game license. After several incredible meetings over the next few months, Sean surprised us by offering the Friday the 13th video game license. It was literally a dream come true for a group of lifelong fans. He knew he could trust us with the most coveted horror IP ever, and we plan to make good on that promise to both him and you, the millions of loyal Friday the 13th fans around the world."

Friday the 13th: The Game will be a third-person 1 vs. 7 multiplayer title where one player takes control of Jason Voorhees. The other six will take on the roles of various camp counsellors with pre-set classic Horror stereotypes like "the edgy guy," "the jock," or "the girl next door."

Playing as Jason has you stalking about the campground, picking off counsellors one by one while promising all of the gore and brutality from the films. To make it as authentic as possible, the team have Kane Hodder -- the man who played Jason in four films -- doing all of Jason's motion capture. As a counsellor you must survive the night or attempt to take Jason out. However, taking Jason down will be a feat in and of itself and requires teamwork, ingenuity, and a little bit of luck. If you opt to run, the game will have a fear system that you will have to combat; if you become too fearful, you'll start to question what's real and what is not.

At the end of each match, a movie trailer system will to be implemented highlighting the best, and probably the most horrific, moments of the game in an 80's style trailer. You can attempt to recreate scenes from films or do your own thing and all of the trailers will be shareable.

Screenshots

  • Friday the 13th: The Game screenshot
    Somebody's watching.
  • Friday the 13th: The Game screenshot
    Camp Crystal Lake entrance
  • Friday the 13th: The Game screenshot
    Cabin in the woods
  • Friday the 13th: The Game screenshot
    Cabin in the woods
  • Friday the 13th: The Game screenshot
    The docks
  • Friday the 13th: The Game screenshot
    The cabin
  • Friday the 13th: The Game screenshot
    Path to the cabin

If all goes well, Friday the 13th: The Game looks as though it will be arriving October 2016.

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