Jason Voorhees hasn’t had the best of luck in video games, but the team at Gun Media is hoping to change that with their Kickstarter campaign for Friday the 13th: The Game. The elevator pitch is that the game is an asymmetrical multiplayer game, where one player controls Jason hunting down camp counselors.The team promises that the game (which was formerly called Summer Camp) will revolve around 1v7 multiplayer set in the iconic Camp Crystal Lake. Jason’s role will be to terrorise, scare and eventually brutally murder each of the teen stereotypes, while the counselors must try to stop him. It’s said that the counselors can try to escape, hide or work together to stop Jason, although the ways they’re able to stop him haven’t been revealed. Regardless, counselors will need to stick together if they hope to stand a chance. So that means no splitting up, no sex and no checking out dark basements while shouting the name Billy.
The Kickstarter campaign is asking for a hefty $700,000, and Gun Media states that this is all to make the game as high-quality as possible. Reading through the Kickstarter page and the game’s website reveals that the team are huge horror buffs, and they’re promising to make Friday the 13th as true to the ’80s movies as possible. To that end, they have hired Kane Hodder to reprise his role as Jason for motion capture, and Harry Manfredini (composer of the original movie) to work on the score. A particularly cinematic addition is that each match replay is automatically saved and edited into a VHS-quality highlights reel, so obviously the game has immense YouTube potential.
At time of writing, Friday the 13th: The Game has received over $300,000 in pledges with 30 days to go. Stretch goals haven’t yet been announced, and the game is planned for PC, PS4 and Xbox One.