Friday the 13th: New game emerges, seeks funding

I’ll just leave this here. Jason Voorhees is making a comeback, as long as you can prove you want it bad enough. Gun Media is making a game inspired by Friday the 13th, and is seeking $700,000 in funding via Kickstarter.

The asymmetrical eight-person multiplayer title brings two flavours of gameplay: Either stalk counselors at Camp Crystal Lake as Jason, or play as a camper and try to survive the night. It’s set in a semi-open world version of the classic camp, and promises a throwback experience to the classic slasher flicks – don’t expect any shakycam or found footage in this one.

This is the game we first heard about at the start of the year, when it was first announced as Summer Camp, and while it’s coming from a relatively unknown developer, it’s already got some star talent attached. Kane Hodder – Jason Voorhees himself (from Friday the 13th films 7-10) – has signed up, as has composer Harry Manfredini (who created the score and soundtrack for the original film and eight others in the franchise) and Tom Savini (actor and special effects makeup artist, who will help with “kills and brutality”). Perhaps most impressive is Sean S. Cunningham – director and producer on the original Friday the 13th and creator of the iconic character.

The game’s in development for PC, PS4 and Xbox One, and – as of right now – has raised more than US$250,000 of its $700,000 goal. There’s most of a month left (30 days at this point), so if you’d like to know more – including details on stretch goals and some pretty impressive tier rewards, head to the Friday the 13th Kickstarter page. A pledge of just US$25 will net you a copy of the game, but you can contribute up to US$10,000 to be included as a camp counsellor.

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