Jason Voorhees is all set to return to Camp Crystal Lake. Only this time in virtual form. The Kickstarter for Friday The 13th: The Game has hit it’s funding target of $700,000.
As of writing this, there’s less than 12 hours left if you want to make a donation yourself.
EDIT – The Kickstarter campaign has closed with $823,704 donated in total.
Friday the 13th is an upcoming, 7 v 1 asymmetrical multiplayer game built in Unreal Engine 4. One player controls horror legend Jason Voorhees while the other seven players control camp counselors trying to survive. Jason’s goal is obvious, kill all the counselors as violently and gruesomely as possible. The counselors on the other hand, can work together to bring Jason down with an “epic win condition.” The kickstarter also suggests that the counselors can simply try to fight Jason directly, which obviously doesn’t seem like the smartest idea.
The game was originally titled “Summer Camp.” A game which naturally was heavily inspired by Friday The 13th as well as many other slasher films. During development of the game. Friday the 13th Creator Sean Cunningham contacted the developers, which in turn lead to Developers Gun Media being offered the Friday the 13th license.
With the license, Gun Media are showing an incredible dedication to the source material. Several of the men who worked on the Friday The 13th Movies are helping with development of the game, including Tom Savini who worked on the special effects and make-up in the films. Savini is helping to create and design the brutal kills and general themes and atmosphere of the game. Harry Manfredini, the composer behind Friday The 13th’s original score as well as soundtrack for the original movie as well as 8 sequels is also lending his talents to the game. The most exciting involvement is professional stuntman Kane Hodder, who portrayed Jason Voorhees himself in the four of the Friday the 13th films.
Hodder is helping with the motion capture side of development, directing a team of stuntmen to create the most brutal kills possible with “professionals that can take the physical abuse that Kane will put them through.”
The developers also talked about the reason they chose Kickstarter instead of partnering with a publisher.
Fans of the “Friday the 13th” film series know that when it comes to Jason Voorhees, violence, gore and nudity aren’t just concepts to consider – they’re necessities. Collectively, we wanted to make certain that this game delivers the same kind of fun, brutal scares and creative kills that the franchise is known for and didn’t want to risk having to tell our story with a “T” for Teen rating. We don’t want that. You don’t want that.
The developers also promise some single player action in the form of scenarios based off on classic scenes from the movies from both sides, both as Jason and as the counselors.
There’s no ETA on the game’s release date but the Kickstarter has openly stated plans for an Xbox One release. There’s also mention of a Beta but nothing to suggest the Beta will be available on Xbox One. If you want to take a look, click here for the Kickstarter page. Below is the announcement trailer for the game. Be sure to look through the channel for interviews and other videos related to Friday the 13th: The Game!