Last October we shared the Kickstarter information for Gun Media’s Friday the 13th: The Game, it was quite the success to say the least as by the end of the crowdfunder they had raised almost a million dollars.
All images courtesy of Gun Media.
Of course it’s easy to see why the game caused such excitement among the vast legion of horror fans and gamers. I mean Friday the 13th: The Game has the blessing of not only the original 1980 film’s Director, Sean S. Cunningham (He literally gifted Gun Media the rights!), but features a score by Harry Manfredini, has the legendary Tom Savini acting as a guide as well as Kane Hodder who portrayed Jason in Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood, Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan, Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday, and Jason X.
Now we have an almost five minute preview of the Alpha Build of the game…and can watch as Jason stalks the counselors of Camp Crystal Lake and their gruesome end when he catches them. Make sure to listen to this with headphones as the sound design is incredible!
I think I would have bolted from under that bed and ran for the door myself, when Jason was taking care of the radio in the next room. I’ll be very curious to see in the final game if it’s so easy for Jason to teleport around the map…knee-jerk reaction says that it will not be like what we saw in the video. Perhaps when Jason has accrued enough fear from those hapless counselors he can trigger a special ability?
I guess we will find out when Friday the 13th: The Game is released this Fall!
Or perhaps you feel yourself siding more with Jason Voorhees and are ready to not only avenge your Mother but make those pesky counselors pay for not respecting your tragic demise and worse yet the place you call home? Well now we fans of the Friday the 13th film franchise have that possibility to look forward to thanks to gaming developer Gun Media…plus the likes of none other than the Director of Friday the 13th and co-creator Sean S. Cunningham as well as Tom Savini, Henry Manfredini, and even the legendary Kane Hodder!
Now Gun Media was apparently already working on a game called Slasher Vol. 1: Summer Camp when they were contacted by Sean Cunningham, after a few meetings he deemed they had their hearts in the right place and gifted them the Friday the 13th game license but he also helped bring along the other luminaries of the films to help the designers steer the game in the right direction.
Of course Friday the 13th is going to be a mature game…as it should be…so there is just a BIT of salty language in the interview below but I think like myself you’ll be very excited about the possibilities this game will present if the Kickstarter is successful.
All images courtesy of Gun Media.
Now the very thought of getting to jump into that 7 against 1 multiplayer madness is enough to make my hands sweat and the scenarios hinted at in the video above with Adam Sessler has me giddy. I’m pretty sure my plan in the game is to find some way to try and slow down Jason to buy me enough time to escape Camp Crystal Lake…I don’t have to be the fastest, just quicker than the person behind me.
Sorry. That went creepy fast.
The Friday the 13th the Game’s Kickstarter page goes a step further and explains what else we players can look forward to: “Make Your Own Horror – We’re going to be implementing a ‘Movie Trailer’ system that plays at the end of the match. This dynamic trailer will highlight the best moments of every game, in the style of the original 1980’s trailers! Each and every time you play Friday the 13th, you’ll be creating your own little movie. Beyond that, we plan to allow you to share your best trailers. Want to show Jason killing in dark, grisly, or even hilarious ways? Do it! Want to try to emulate the trailers from the original 80’s films? Give it a go. We’re eagerly anticipating some really gnarly cuts from the community’s trailers!
Fear System – Jason Voorhees strikes fear into every single person he comes across, and while many bravely attempt to take him on, most fail. The fear of never knowing where Jason is at any given time is powerful, and counselors will have to do everything they can to mitigate that fear while playing. Get too struck with fear and you’ll start to question what’s real and what isn’t.
Progression – Friday the 13th is a long-running franchise, one with a whole cast of characters. Players will get a unified progression system to unlock multiple Jason character models from the classic films, as well as additional Camp Counselors with their own unique stats and traits.These are just a few of our unlocks and only scratches the surface of what we have planned to engage players over the lifetime of Friday the 13th: The Game. Remember, creative gameplay from both counselors and Jason will result in bigger and better rewards!
The Return of Tommy Jarvis – One of our biggest goals is to bring back Tommy Jarvis as a guide for you, the player. With a stretch goal, we hope to give you a fully 3D environment where you can access stories about Jason, view your progress and even collect bits and pieces from Camp Crystal Lake for use with Tommy Jarvis. Do enough for him, and a special surprise will await you!”
There are quite a few goodies being offered for Rewards. Everything from digital and physical copies of the game of course but also the soundtrack that Henry Manfredini has composed for the game and even the chance to be presented as a counselor yourself! Since the game was just announced on Tuesday the stretch goals haven’t been met yet…but it looks like they have a long list of possible treats in store for us.
So if you are ready to test your mettle against Jason as a terrified but defiant Camp Crystal Lake Counselor or have the inner fire to don the hockey mask (I still say baghead Jason is scarier) then jump over to the Friday the 13th the Game Kickstarter Page and help bring the game to life.