It’s been 25 years since the last officially licensed Friday the 13th video game was released on the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES), keeping horror fans engrossed in hours of gaming; vicariously slicin’n’dicin their way through the 8-bit madness (if I remember correctly most of the licensed games created from movie franchises were pretty disappointing).
Subsequently, as we are living in an era where Hollywood are plucking out 80s franchises like nobody’s business, it was only a matter of time before the video game market seized the opportunity to jump on the nostalgia bandwagon. Now, news has surfaced from EGM, that a new Friday the 13th game is currently in development. And according to EGM, the game will be an “asymmetrical operative… competitive multiplayer predator/prey horror experience,” pitting a small group of survivors against a single player, who will be in control of the masked, machete wielding, immortal, horror icon.
Sounds like the game could be a pretty good stress reliever as you will actually be able to play and control the infamous killer Jason Voorhees (…and perhaps let off a little steam after a bad/stressful day).
The game – which is tentatively titled Friday the 13th – is being developed for multiple platforms, so there needn’t be any worries about exclusivity. And, surprisingly, the game is scheduled for an October 2015 release date (which seems worryingly close). The game will be traditionally linked to references from all the previous classics, but will also incorporate elements from the upcoming “Friday the 13th” television series.
Sean S. Cunningham, the creator of the original film made the announcement which you can read below:
“With a new television series on the horizon and plans announced for the thirteenth installment of the film franchise, we felt the timing was right to finally explore Jason, Camp Crystal Lake, and the rest of the Friday the 13th story in interactive form, …we have some exciting new ideas for a game that supplies plenty of replay value, while delivering the kinds of thrills and scares that fans of the franchise have come to expect.”
Cunningham seems to be hinting that a big game developer has taken on the duty of reviving Jason for another bout of mass murder, so no doubt the developer will be announced soon. As rushed release dates are usually seen as a bad omen for video games, let’s hope there is an exception to the rule with Friday the 13th.
What do you think peeps?
For a big bloody and meaty slice of nostalgia, check out the gameplay of the classic game in the video clip below: