All future plans for Friday the 13th: The Game have officially been axed (or macheted), according to Gun Media.
The ongoing legal battle between the original film’s screenwriter, Victor Miller, and director Sean S. Cunningham recently caused the survival horror game to halt the development of new content, and it appears that will never change.
In a recent post on the game’s official forums, co-creator Wes Keltner answered a few of the lingering questions players had about the freeze on development. Addressing their worst fear, he confirmed the game will never receive any new updates or features. A significant portion of his statement can be seen below.
Development of 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.
When Gun Media initially broke the unfortunate news to players, it was believed the survival horror game would eventually receive more content, including the previously promised Uber Jason skin, Grendel space station map, and new counselors. However, it seems that even when the lawsuit comes to a close, Friday the 13th: The Game won’t resume development. As Keltner explained, Gun Media will only continue to work on the launch of the game’s dedicated servers and any needed bug fixes.
Thankfully, in the midst of the legal issues, Gun Media still managed to introduce a few major updates to the game that players will be able to enjoy. The long-awaited single-player challenges, where players take control of Jason to complete killing quests, launched in May, alongside new emotes and kill animations. The game also received a graphics overhaul after it switched to an updated version of the Unreal engine.
Friday the 13th: The Game is available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.