Jason Lives: Why I’m Excited For A Friday The 13th Game
Over on Kickstarter, Gun Media are currently trying to fund their survival-horror game, Friday The 13th (originally known as Summer Camp Vol. 1) with a little over $99k to their $700,000 goal. They plan to release the game on Steam, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 in October of next year. As a massive fan of the Friday films you don’t have to imagine how badly I want to see this become a reality.
So, the game in a nutshell is an asymmetrical-horror game where one player dons the goalie mask, and becomes Jason Voorhees with the sole intent of hunting down and killer the other players who will be donning the shoes of camp counselors, which are coincidentally Jason’s main source of prey. Here’s the basis of the title pulled straight from the Kickstarter page:
Friday the 13th: The Game is a third-person, asymmetrical multiplayer title where one player controls Jason Voorhees while the remaining seven control camp counselors trying to survive the night.That’s right…1v7 multiplayer set in the semi-open world of Camp Crystal Lake! It’s a classic horror fan’s dream, no shaky cam, no found footage. We want you to know we’re revitalizing the golden era of slashers, and putting you at the controls of each horrific, blood-splattered moment.
Now, people may be a bit skeptical about the whole style of gameplay, as it appeared that gamers were somewhat disappointed by games like Evolve, but on the other hand you have wonderful titles like The Hidden which showcases just how terrifying and fun these experiences can be, and I think Friday The 13th, and Jason Voorhees are the perfect formula for this genre and style of game.
Friday the 13th: The Video Game is focused mainly on the Jason vs Counselor scenarios that have been the staple of the series since the beginning; you will be playing as Jason or a camp counselor in Camp Crystal Lake. The multiplayer component to the game will pit one player as Jason against up to seven people as counselors. We’ve dedicated an incredible amount of time to balancing out counselor vs. Jason scenarios to ensure fans are every bit as excited by the possibility of slaying jocks, nerds, and cheerleaders as Jason Voorhees, while simultaneously giving you that sense of challenge and fear from being a counselor.
One of our major goals is overcoming the stigma that some players have about asymmetrical multiplayer games. We know the worst feeling in the world of multiplayer gaming is believing you are ‘stuck’ and ‘without hope’. Horror in general, but specifically Friday the 13th, lends itself well to this style of game. The premise plus our game design consideration will overcome this dilemma and we can prove that asymmetrical multiplayer can work, be balanced, fun and frightening as hell.
While Jason can be an immensely daunting, seemingly unstoppable force, he is able to be brought down with an ‘epic’ win condition. It’ll be difficult, require some teamwork, and perhaps a bit of ingenuity, but we’ll be giving you the tools and opportunities to realize the biggest win in horror gaming. That sense of relief at the end, knowing you stopped the biggest and baddest killer in the world is not something to take lightly… We hope that this becomes a proud gaming moment for everyone that achieves it, one worth sharing and boasting to the world about. Lest you be worried… Jason will always come back for more!
The premise just seems like a bloody good time. You and your buddies trying to escape Camp Crystal Lake via boat, or car and have to work together to fix up said exit strategy and get the hell outta dodge. Your only issue is the fact that Jason is lurking in the shadows and beginning to pick you off one by one.
The developers mentioned that the boat only sits two people, so the fact people have to work together knowing that someone in their group could fuck them over at the end was a fun little dynamic to play with. They also touched upon during one of their play-tests that Jason was approaching, and one person ditched everyone to die and took the boat for themselves. That is what will make this game hilarious, and fun as hell. Working together to survive against Jason, or fucking over your buddies to ensure your survival.
Thankfully, the developers know that people may just want to play as Jason and stated that the counselors will be fun to play as too, which is important in something like this. You want both sides having fun, not just Jason. There’s also a really cool featured planned for when a match ends, there will be a sort of replay that turns the best moments from the match into a horror-themed 1980s movie trailer. That’s going to be really cool. Make your own Friday films essentially.
People may be disappointed that the game is really only planned at being a multiplayer experience, but the developers over at Gun Media have stated the following regarding the chance of singleplayer components.
To that end, the proposed single player portion will give you the Jason experience you’ve never had; direct through his eyes. We’ll be offering several ‘scenarios’ based off classic movie scenes from the franchise as you stalk and kill each and every counselor from a first person perspective. Not to leave the counselors out, we’ll be adding several counselor scenarios where you’ll have to confront your fears and take on Jason directly, especially in compromising situations! We are not going for anything less than a Mature Rating on this; the franchise deserves it! These scenarios might also make their way to VR, and would bring an entirely new perspective to the slasher genre!
The team behind Friday The 13th is a pretty great one too, considering they’ve actually brought some of the people on that were responsible for making the films a reality. This includes Tom Savini, and Jason himself, Kane Hodder. Now, let’s get on to why I’m excited for this game, and why I hope that even if it doesn’t reach its Kickstarter goal we’ll still get to see it in some capacity.
- This feels like the perfect game my buddies and I could sit down and unwind to. There doesn’t feel like a huge investment in something like this, and even though it would produce some tense scares, I can imagine it would make some great laughs, especially since we like to have a few drinks when we game.
- We just need more multiplayer horror games, and this feels perfect.
- The fact that some of the creative minds behind the film series are behind this game makes me hopeful that it would be a solid experience, and most likely scary as well.
- Just look how fucking gorgeous those visuals are.
The only thing I’m worried about is Camp Crystal Lake eventually getting stale as a location unless a) it’s a decent size and each experience would be different each time you boot it up, b) we actually get some new locations during the development process, and upon release. For example, I’d love to play on the cruise ship from Jason Takes Manhattan.
So yeah, let’s go back this project and see it become a reality. They’re so close now, and only have 11 days left. Jason needs to live again.
Here’s the announcement trailer.
Friday The 13th: The Game has a projected release date of October 2016 on Steam, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4.