While Friday the 13th: The Game is now available to all players, the special Savini Jason skin remains exclusive to those who backed the game’s Kickstarter campaign—and the developers have now insisted that will never change.
Among the customization options in the game are different skins for Jason Voorhees, transforming him into the various looks from the series, like “bag head” from part two or “rotted water zombie” from part seven. An exclusive Tom Savini-designed skin was offered as a Kickstarter bonus, catering to horror fans as his makeup and gore effect credits span the genre. Apart from his incredible glowing eyes and flaming skeletal structure, Savini Jason also holds a deadly trident and possesses stat boosts to truly give counselors a run for their lives.
Players without their own Savvini Jason skin have been requesting access to it from the development team, but Gun Media gave a statement on the game’s Steam community page to make it clear they will not sway from keeping it locked. “So here we are and here is where we are always going to stand; that skin and those clothing items are not for sale,” the post reads. “They are not for secondary sale. They are for those that backed us and have been with us from the beginning.”
Gun Media details the history of the skin’s existence, from a $65 and above Kickstarter backer bonus, to a $6 standalone purchase for backers who paid the base amount for the game but didn’t realize the skin would only be for higher tiers. According to the team, the opportunity to purchase the skin was also heavily marketed through the game’s social media and forums. “I am sorry for those that want it now, but you missed out. We did everything we could to ensure that the word got out through our channels, press and otherwise, but the answer remains the same; we will not sell them.”
Of course, with this stance has come more backlash. A majority of the comments on the forum post claim the Savini skin is not really a skin, but a full-fledged bonus character, citing stat boosts that trump every other iteration of the Jason offered in the game. This overpowered “bonus character,” as many are referring to him, plus the many server issues and glitches continue to add frustration to the survival horror game’s rocky launch.
As of now the only means of acquiring the Savini-designed skin is through resellers on eBay, who are now asking for the high price of $200—at minimum. Given the context, the old “it’ll cost you an arm and a leg” couldn’t possibly be more fitting.
Source: Game Rant