This Killer Friday The 13th Game Is Almost A Reality
26 years have passed since the release of LJN’s notorious Friday the 13th video game, but the franchise is on the cusp of making a long-awaited console comeback.
After announcing a game inspired by the franchise (Slasher Vol. 1: Summer Camp), Gun Media was approached by original Friday the 13th producer-director Sean Cunningham. After many meetings with the gaming company, Cunningham decided to offer them the official Friday the 13th video game license. While this was a massive breakthrough for Gun Media, it immediately made the game far more complicated and ambitious.
Fearing that publishers might try to water the game down, the designers launched a Kickstarter campaign to cover additional costs. With 11 days left to go in this campaign, $585,241 of the $700,000 goal has been raised. In other words, you still have a chance to contribute. But what exactly is Friday the 13th: The Game?
The Kickstarter listing describes this as “a third-person, asymmetrical multiplayer title where one player controls Jason Voorhees, while the remaining seven control camp counselors trying to survive the night.” Hoping to appeal to die-hard ’80s horror fans, the Kickstarter also promises that this game will “revitalize the golden era of slashers,” avoiding modern trends like shaky cam and found footage.
To celebrate Halloween, the game’s designers released new concept art over the weekend (see above), and composer Harry Manfredini—a veteran of the original Friday the 13th movies—offered a sample of his game score (see below). For more on the game, including interviews with several movie veterans, visit the Kickstarter campaign here—and give Jason the cash to slash.