Due to an ongoing legal battle, Friday the 13th: The Game won’t be receiving any new content for the foreseeable future.
In July 2017, the screenwriter of the original Friday the 13th film, Victor Miller, filed a lawsuit against producer and director Sean Cunningham to gain the rights to the slasher franchise. At the time, the lawyer defending the films’ production company said the legal dispute would not affect Gun Media and Illfonic’s current game. However, that seems to have changed.
According to a press release from Gun Media (via Bloody Disgusting), the case for the rights was initially believed to be settled by October of last year, but it appears no decisions have been made. In turn, the developer revealed it won’t be able to create new content for the game, including the previously announced Uber Jason skin, Grendel space station map, and new counselors until the case is settled.
However, the game will not be completely shutting down. Gun Media will “remain committed to launching dedicated servers on our console platforms” and provide any needed bug fixes for the current build of the survival horror game.
Gun Media’s full statement can be read below.
As many in our community may be aware, a legal claim has been made which could affect all future Friday the 13th intellectual property. Although in the past the game has not been subject to any such claim, new content and material going forward will be affected. An initial decision in this case was expected in October 2017, but no decision has yet been issued. The court review of the legal rights is in process, but final resolution may take some time. Until the claim rights can be dismissed or resolved, no new content can be released.
When we originally learned that the game fell within the crosshairs of this legal dispute, we tried to balance the creation of new content requested by our fans against the maintenance and bug fixing that our community expects and deserves. We attempted to do both within the limits of the legal case.
We’ve now been forced to accept that the lawsuit makes future content for the game, including alternate play modes, new playable Jasons and counselors, and new maps, unfeasible now or in the future. Although the listed content types will be affected, we remain committed to launching dedicated servers on our console platforms and providing the continued maintenance and bug fixing important to supporting our fan base.
So what does this mean exactly? There will be no additional content added to Friday the 13th: The Game. This includes Uber Jason, the Grendel Map, Jason kill packs, clothing, emotes and new counselors.
Friday the 13th: The Game is available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.
Source: Bloody Disgusting