Friday the 13th: The Game is a third-person, asymmetrical multiplayer title where one player controls Jason Voorhees while the remaining seven control camp counsellors try to survive the night, all in the semi-open world of Camp Crystal Lake! It’s a classic horror fan’s dream, no shaky cam, no found footage — and you are at the controls of each horrific, blood-splattered moment.
Why we’re looking forward to this: Those readers of a certain age may remember a Friday The 13th game on the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) way back when, and those who played it may wish to forget it. There have been precious few great video games based on horror movies over the years, but Gun Media are hoping to change all that with their Kickstarter campaign to fund a brand new Friday The 13th game.
Endorsed by none other than Sean S. Cunningham himself, the director of the original Friday The 13th film, and boasting such genre luminaries as Kane Hodder, who has played Jason more than any other actor, composer Harry ‘Ki Ki Ki Ma Ma Ma’ Manfredini, and SFX legend Tom Savini, who should need no introduction to This Is Horror readers.
Being given the chance to play a camp counsellor and work with six others to try and stop Jason, which the designers assure us is possible, is a delicious enough prospect in itself, but when you factor in the opportunity to actually play as Jason and try and take all of the hapless teens out before they can best you is any slasher movie fan’s dream.
As of writing, the Kickstarter project is 88% of the way towards its $700K target to bring Crystal Lake’s least favourite son to an Xbox One, PC or PS4 near you next Halloween, so if you fancy the chance to pull on a hockey mask and some dirty overalls and slice and dice with a myriad of weapons, then get yourself over to the page and pledge now!
Friday The 13th: The Game is due for release in October 2016, pending full funding.