Video games and Friday the 13th both reached great heights in the 1980s, but attempts to fuse the two didn’t work out so well. A new Kickstarter-backed game might have the solution; playing as Jason!
A great Friday the 13th game has been something children of the 1980s have eagerly awaited three decades for. There have been previous attempts (which we’ll discuss a little later), but the biggest reason is that gamers have longed to play as the franchise’s star for years instead of the interchangeable counselors (that’s why fans flocked to Mortal Kombat X’s inclusion of the masked murderer). The recently revealed Kickstarter-funded Friday the 13th game looks to solve the primary problem by putting a player in the shoes of Jason, but it may have also found a way to make playing as Jason’s targets fun! Check out the teaser, which… actually doesn’t really show much of how the game is played, but it’s got a new-gen-ified Jason, which is neat!
According to the developers, the multiplayer-focused game will pit Jason against a group of seven camp counselors as they attempt to stop the horror icon’s path of destruction. There will be many ways to avoid Jason’s grasp; escaping via boat or car or even calling the police by repairing the phone lines. The teens each have unique traits to help take on Jason, as the “Edgy Guy” can fix a car to escape, the “Jock” can absorb more damage, and the “Girl Next Door” has the ability to score a rare kill against the villain (because that’s usually the archetype that survives a Friday the 13th movie). Jason has his own moves as he can stab and slam any counselors stupid enough to enter his personal space.
While the premise is indeed intriguing, there’s also plenty of talent on board to ensure Friday the 13th’s authenticity. Many names that have been involved with Friday the 13th during its heyday will be involved, including series creator Sean S. Cunningham, special effects artist Tom Savini, composer Harry Manfredini, and the man behind the mask himself, Kane Hodder. The developers at Gun and Illfonic aren’t quite the household names but have decades of experience at triple-A developers and publishers like EA, Ubisoft, Activision, Bethesda, Microsoft, and Insomniac. It’ll be interesting to see how all of that talent can put together such an ambitious project for $800,000 (though there’s a good chance it’ll pass some stretch goals before the Kickstarter expires in November on… Friday the 13th!). You can support the game and learn more about the project via a mini-documentary (where you can see Kane Hodder nearly kill Adam Sessler) on the Friday the 13th Kickstarter page.
Want to learn more about Jason’s less-than-successful gaming past? Check out our playthrough of the Friday the 13th game and its entry on our “Least Scary Games Based On Horror Franchises” Top 5, both embedded below! You can also learn more about Jason by checking out our ode to Friday the 13th Part V: A New Beginning, our list of the most memorable fictional summer camps, and the Laser Time episode dedicated to summer camp memories and movies!