Gun Media have announced and launched a Kickstarter for their Friday the 13th game. An asymmetrical, 7v1 multiplayer experience, Friday the 13th will pit seven player-controlled camp counselors against a player-controlled Jason Voorhees.
Originally being developed as a game called Summer Camp, which took heavy inspiration from the 80’s slasher movies that the Friday the 13th movie is a part of, the original movie director Sean Cunningham decided that the asymmetrical multiplayer game would be the perfect fit for the license, as the Kickstarter page attests:
“It was a conversation built on mutual admiration and respect for what each had created. After several incredible meetings over the next few months, Sean surprised us by offering the Friday the 13th video game license. It was literally a dream come true for a group of lifelong fans.”
Cunningham isn’t the only member of the original Friday the 13th team onboard with the game; Kane Hodder, the original actor/stuntman for Jason, will be providing motion capture work, and the movies composer, Harry Menfredini, will be working on the game too.
The game itself will see one player taking the role of Jason, hunting down seven Crystal Lake camp counselors, also controlled by other players. Jason will, of course, be vastly overpowered compared to the others with a variety of deadly tools at his disposal, but survival is possible for the hapless counselors:
“While Jason can be an immensely daunting, seemingly unstoppable force, he is able to be brought down with an ‘epic’ win condition. It’ll be difficult, require some teamwork, and perhaps a bit of ingenuity, but we’ll be giving you the tools and opportunities to realize the biggest win in horror gaming.”
Friday the 13th will have a focus on emergent storytelling and drama that the best asymmetrical multiplayer games can provide. One example Gun Media gave was a boat that can be used to escape, but it must be repaired and can only hold two people. Players will need to scavenge for parts, and those not at the dock when the boat is ready will have to find another route to escape. While co-operation is encouraged, it is still every man for himself at Camp Crystal Lake. The game will also feature single-player challenges, alongside the multiplayer component.
At the time of writing the Kickstarter campaign has raised $139,439 of its $700,000 goal in less than 24 hours, and ends early on November 14th (or, if you live in the States, Friday the 13th of November). According to the backer rewards, the game is aiming for an October 2016 launch on PC, PS4 and Xbox One.