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Though it got off to a bit of a rocky start, Gun Media and Illfonic might need to replace Friday the 13th‘s famous “Ch Ch, Ch, Chhh, Ah, Ah, Ah, Ahhh” audio cue with a nice “Cha-Ching.” Speaking to GamesIndustry.biz, the developers revealed that Friday the 13th: The Game has sold 1.8 million copies since its launch in May.
Gun Media’s founder, Wes Keltner, spoke at less about the server issues that have plagued the game since its release, as well as plans for future updates:
“Our number one priority right now is stability and squashing bugs,” Keltner says. “That’s what all of our engineers are focusing on. We’ve also nearly doubled our team size to help with this issue. But our content/art teams are free to work on new content, and that’s what we’ve been doing. Players can expect new maps, characters, Easter eggs and other great updates in the near future. I think fans are really going to enjoy what we have planned, as some of this content comes directly from player feedback/requests, while some others are surprises we’ve had up our sleeves for several months now.”
The developers are also hard at work on a single-player expansion and a physical release for Friday the 13th: The Game, but it’s currently unknown when either will be ready.
Gun Media and Illfonic’s Friday the 13th has been plagued by server connection problems since its launch last month.
As an apology, the publisher and developer have revealed that the game’s first Content Update will include a special treat for fans… a “Retro Jason” costume patterned after his blue-skinned appearance in the infamous NES game from LJN. Naturally, the iconic slasher will also be dressed in his stylish purple jumpsuit as well.
The free update will be available beginning June 20, and it’ll also include two new Outfits for each Counselor, 13,000 Customization Points, and a new chiptune soundtrack from composer Mitch Murder.
In addition to all this “Cool Free Shit,” Friday the 13th players will also get the chance to take part in a Double XP Weekend from June 23rd through the 25th.
Three new games were added to the Xbox Games Store today, and one of them is sure to make fans of 80s slasher movies very happy…
It’s a bit surprising, but Jason Voorhees has only appeared in a handful of games since his theatrical debut in 1981. But Gun Media and Illfonic have been working hard to change that with Friday the 13th: The Game, which is now available to download for the Xbox One. Featuring contributions from creator Sean Cunningham, composer Harry Manfredini, and special effects artist Tom Savini, Friday the 13th: The Game is a multiplayer game that gives Jason’s machete to one player, and casts the rest as camp counselors hoping to survive the night (spoiler alert… they probably won’t).
Also available to download for the Xbox One today is Rime, the new puzzle platformer from Tequila Works. Taking place on a “beautiful yet rugged world,” Rime stars a young boy who is forced to explore a mysterious island if he ever hopes to return home.
Finally this week, Hamster Corporation is back with another NeoGeo re-release. This time, they’re bringing World Heroes 2, a fighting game originally released in 1993, to the Xbox One.
You can learn more about all of these games after the break. (more…)
Two brand new Open Betas are now available to download through the PlayStation Store for the PS4… and they’re both free.
First up, CD Projekt Red will give players the chance to try out Gwent: The Witcher Card Game. According to the developer, Gwent is “based on skill rather than luck” and will require the clever mastery of strategy and deception if you want to defeat your opponents. Elsewhere on the PlayStation Store, Marvel has launched a free-to-play beta for Marvel Heroes Omega, an upgraded adaptation of the mobile action RPG.
It’s also possible to travel back to the past this week with the PlayStation Store as Square Enix has added Star Ocean: Till the End of Time to the PS2-On-PS4 collection. Whether you’re playing it for the first time or the fifth, the epic RPG is now available to download for the PS4.
Later this week, Jason Voorhees will tear his way through a helpless group of camp counselors in Friday the 13th: The Game. The 4v1 multiplayer game will be available to download on Friday, May 26. Also set to launch for the PS4 this Friday is Rime, an exploration adventure from Tequila Works.
You can learn more about all of these games (and a few other new releases) after the break. (more…)
Fans were rather upset when Friday the 13th: The Game missed its original “Early 2017” launch date. But don’t worry, the first video game starring Jason Voorhees in nearly 30 years will be available just in time for Summer Camp season… Gun Media and Illfonic have announced it’ll be available to download for the PC, PS4, and Xbox One on May 26.
Unlike the earlier Friday the 13th games, Friday the 13th: The Game is a multiplayer contest pitting four counselors against one player who takes control of Jason. If this seems a little unfair, well, that’s the point.
With the base game on its way to completion, Gun Media and Illfonic have begun work on the boxed retail release and a free single-player expansion, both of which are scheduled to be released later this Summer.
Though we haven’t received a new Friday the 13th film since the 2009 reboot, Jason Voorhees has kept himself busy with video game work. In addition to Friday the 13th: The Game, the slasher also appeared as a downloadable character in 2015’s Mortal Kombat X.
PAX East 2017 gives us our first look at Tom Savini’s “Custom Jason” and a new trailer for Friday the 13th: The Game
Friday the 13th: The Game made an encore appearance at this weekend’s PAX East convention during Gun Media and Illfonic’s panel “From Film to Video Games: A Night with Friday the 13th: The Game.” As part of the panel, the developers unveiled a horrific new trailer that shows Jason dispatching another cohort of camp counselors in increasingly brutal fashion.
Gun Media didn’t announce an official launch date for Friday the 13th: The Game at PAX East, but with less than three weeks remaining in their current “Early 2017” release window, another delay for the PC, PS4, and Xbox One game seems likely.
Finally, the developer fully unmasked Tom Savini’s “Custom Jason,” which depicts the character’s damned fate after the end of Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday. You can get a closer look at Savini’s work after the break. (more…)
Friday the 13th: The Game will feature several incarnations of Jason Voorhees (including “Burlap Sack Jason” from Part 2, “Original Hockey Mask Jason” from Part 3, and “Zombie Jason” from Jason Lives), but fans who pre-order the game will also receive access to a “Custom Jason” created by special effects wizard Tom Savini.
The trailer for Savini’s “Custom Jason” doesn’t reveal much about the character’s redesign, but the glowing eyes are fairly terrifying. As is the way his tattered costume seems to show a ridgeline of spikes across his shoulders and the claw-like design of his hands. The master at work, ladies and gentlemen.
Savini is best known as the make-up artist behind the original Friday the 13th, as well as Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter. As one of the most in-demand names in the business in the 70s and 80s, he also contributed gory make-up effects to Dawn of the Dead, Day of the Dead, Creepshow, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, and many others.
If you’re interested in playing as Savini’s “Custom Jason” in Friday the 13th: The Game, you’ll need to pre-order it now from the game’s official website.
Friday the 13th: The Game will be released for the PC, PS4, and Xbox One sometime in the Winter/Spring portion of the 2017 calendar. But if you can’t wait that long, developers from Gun Media and Illfonic will host a panel at this year’s PAX East convention that’ll contain “brutal kills, massive reveals, and an in-depth Q/A session.”
Believe it or not, Jason Voorhees wasn’t always a supernatural killing machine. Before Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives, he was just a hulking woodsman who may or may not have witnessed a teenager decapitate his mom. But the sixth movie resurrected the slasher icon as the unkillable zombie we all remember, while also granting him mysterious teleporting powers in the process.
The movies never bothered to explain Jason’s inexplicable ability to be in two places at once, but Gun Media and Illfonic have decided to employ the trick in the upcoming Friday the 13th: The Game.
In a new gameplay trailer that was released… when else… on Friday the 13th, Jason “morphs” through the forest to better stalk the camp counselors at his beloved Camp Crystal Lake. The video also includes a glimpse at Jason’s Part VI-inspired character skin and The Misfits’ “Friday the 13th,” which will be included on the game’s soundtrack.
Friday the 13th: The Game will be released in Early 2017 for the PC, PS4, and Xbox One. The 4v1 multiplayer slasher sim will also expand this Summer with the launch of a free single-player expansion.