Friday the 13th: The Game

Last year a team of independent game developers/horror movie fans set out to make a video game inspired by ’80s slasher movies titled Slasher Vol. 1: Summer Camp. They were pitching it as an asymmetrical multiplayer game, which is just a fancy way of saying one person played as a Jason Voorhees-esque slasher and everyone else played as his potential victims who have to find ways to survive, escape or kill their camp tormentor. 

While Slasher Vol. 1 was in development, Friday the 13th director Sean S. Cunningham was trying to get a game of his own off the ground. Cunningham found out about this other game that was essentially just a love letter to his movie, and instead of finding some legal way to kill it, he approached the developers about merging the two and turning Slasher Vol. 1 into an official Friday the 13th: The Game.

Fast forward a couple months and we now have a teaser trailer for Friday the 13th: The Game, which should tickle all the right spots for fans of the movie.

What’s particularly great about this merger is that it unites key members from the original franchise with the generation they inspired. Make-up artist Tom Savini is back to help design the kills and the overall look of the world. Kane Hodder, a fan favorite who played Jason for three movies, will be providing the complete motion capture performance for Voorhees. Even Harry Manfredini, composer of the iconic Friday the 13th score, is coming in to compose some new music for the game.

The way the game works is fairly simple but allows for all kinds of different experiences and playing styles. One person plays Jason, everyone else plays the counselors. But this isn’t just a 1v7 running around in chaos first person shooter. The other players have to try and work together, sneaking around and finding a way to either survive Jason or get away from him entirely. One example they give is that there’s a boat that can take you away from the camp, but the boat only has two seats and the parts to fix it are hidden around the camp. You can work together to find the parts, but then it’ll be a matter of which two people can get to the dock first. 

If you want to know more about the game, the Friday the 13th: The Game Kickstarter campaign has plenty more info.


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