The developer of Friday the 13th: The Game has provided an update on its previously announced engine upgrade. Despite the tease from Gun Media and Illfonic that it might arrive in April, players won’t see the update this month. However, they can now get a preview of the new visuals planned for the game.
According to a recent post by Gun Media on the game’s official forum, the next major patch for the survival horror game is “shaping up nicely” but the team still needs extra time to “make sure the work is done right.” One of the main changes in the update will be the game’s utilization of an upgraded version of the Unreal engine.
To give fans a preview of the graphical changes, Gun Media shared a comparison video, which you can see below, that puts PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC builds of the current game against one running on the updated engine.
As the video suggests, the footage of the new Unreal engine gameplay is a work in progress, which means players could see additional improvements when the patch launches. While many fans have said that the updated engine makes the game look darker, the developer has stated the lack of lighting is purposeful. Gun Media’s Wes Keltner told players in a recent tweet, which you can see below, that the darker appearance will give “more value to flashlights.”
Crystal Lake is getting darker, thus giving more value to flashlights. Nice side effect of the massive engine upgrade! Check out the side by side video in link below. https://t.co/sHDUGeQksv
— F13_Wes (@weskeltner) April 23, 2018
While it’s unclear when the update that houses the engine upgrade will drop, the developer has promised it will be one of the most significant patches ever made for the game. In addition to the Unreal upgrade, Gun Media confirmed the following features will be included: dedicated servers, single-player challenges, weapon swapping, keybinding, new grabs for Jason, legendary perks, and AI improvements.
On top of those, players will get a new counselor, Victoria Sterling, to use. The update will also introduce the Salt Mines. Moving forward, players that quit out of a match early will earn salt points that can eventually send them to a separate matchmaking lobby where quitters have to play against one another.
Friday the 13th: The Game is available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.
Source: Friday the 13th: The Game forum