No Chance Ever of New Friday the 13th: The Game Content
Just the other day, we learned about the sad news facing the creators of Friday the 13th: The Game. Due to a legal dispute (explained here by Friday the 13th: Part III star and copyright lawyer Larry “Shelly” Zerner) between Friday the 13th series co-creator and direct of the first film, Sean Cunningham, and film writer, Victor Miller, for IP revenue, the game will no longer be supported with additional content. This includes no more singleplayer challenges, maps, counselors, or Jasons — including the previously announced Uber Jason from Jason X.
Today Gun Media founder Wes Keltner addressed Friday the 13th fans in a site forum post about the possibility of the game receiving future content updates if the legal dispute were to end. In short, no. It’s not feasible for the whole studio to continue work on Friday the 13th: The Game, or pick back up work on the game some months later, even if the situation were to change.
Sorry for the silence as of recent. It’s been a tough couple weeks, as I’m sure you’re aware. But I wanted to address a few questions that I’ve had sent to me personally, as well as questions we’ve received through the official F13 channels. These questions vary but all have a similar tone/request. “Is there a chance of any content being added to the game if a ruling on the dispute occurs in the near future?” The answer is no.
Development on games can’t just pause indefinitely and pick back up again; it doesn’t work that way. Especially when you have no idea when that future date will occur. We can’t keep building content that may never see the light of day. That’s bad business. I’ve also had questions about adding “non-F13” related content to the game. “Can’t you make a new level or a new counselor that has nothing to do with the films?” We can’t do that either. We can’t add any content, whatsoever. Nada. Not even a new tree or rock. We can only focus on console dedicated servers, bug fixes, and maintenance.
I know this isn’t the news you wanted to hear and I wish the situation were different. But it’s the painful truth. I appreciate your passion and look forward to seeing everyone around camp.
As a fan of the game, this news definitely sucks. It’s a shame to see a game as well-supported as this one with free post-release content simply stop. If you were hoping for new content, wait no longer. This doesn’t mean that the game is dead, though. Players can expect continued support with polish updates, patches, and dedicated servers on consoles.
How does this news make you feel? Let us know in the comments.