Well, we have some good news and bad news for those anticipating Friday the 13th: The Game. Don’t worry though; it’s mostly good.
Unfortunately, the game’s release has been delayed until early 2017 after being slated for a Fall 2016 release, but the reason for the delay is a very, very good one. Besides, it’s not like Friday the 13th fans aren’t used to delays.
The delay will give its creators – Gun Media and Illfonic – time to build in single-player functionality, meaning you won’t have to play the game with a bunch of other people, and for antisocial people like me, that’s very wonderful news. As the companies said in a press release, this has been one of the most requested features, so it’s sure to make plenty of people happy.
But wait. There’s more! The single player experience will include Tommy Jarvis as a playable character as well as Packanack Lodge as a playable map.
More from the press release:
After successfully raising over $1M in funding through Kickstarter and BackerKit, as well as taking on additional private investment, it can now be confirmed that Friday the 13th: The Game will be bigger and more robust to give all fans the game we’ve been clamoring after for over 26 years.
While these changes mean a bigger game, they also mean a delay from a Fall 2016 release window to a new launch window scheduled for Early 2017. Gun Media and IllFonic will use the time to lay down the groundwork for the single player experience while continuing development of the multiplayer portion with additional content.
“The first thing people are going to read here is ‘delay,’ says Gun Media studio head and co-creator Wes Keltner. ‘We want everyone to be assured that coming to our decision to delay was no easy matter, but we believe that the positives far outweigh the negatives. We’ve been reading day in and day out on our social media feeds that single player and Tommy Jarvis were in such a demand that we couldn’t ignore our fans. After securing funding, we’re here to tell you that it is a reality and we’re making this game even bigger. It sucks that there’s a delay, but the wait won’t be too long and it’s going to offer more for fans in the long-run!”
Look, I know you’re disappointed that it’s going to be longer before Friday the 13th: The Game is released, but we should all be thankful they’re taking their time and getting it right. This is the game many of us have dreamed of since we were little kids. We don’t need another subpar Friday game. We need this to kick ass, and at this point, I have every reason to believe that it will do just that.
Following is an infographic outlining changers to the game.