With just a couple of days to go on its Kickstarter campaign, Friday the 13th: The Game has cleared its funding goal of $700,000.
Officially licensed from the classic 1980 horror movie, and the brainchild of Gun Media, Friday the 13th: The Game originally started off as a project called Slasher Vol.1: Summer Camp. However, according to Gun Media's Kickstarter campaign notes, "Soon after, Sean Cunningham (director of the original Friday the 13th movie) personally reached out to us behind the scenes… and after several incredible meetings over the next few months, Sean surprised us by offering the Friday the 13th video game license. It was literally a dream come true for a group of lifelong fans. He knew he could trust us with the most coveted horror IP ever, and we plan to make good on that promise to both him and you, the millions of loyal Friday the 13th fans around the world."
We covered the announcement of the Kickstarter campaign just a month ago, and Mike talked to the Gun Media team about its plans.
The game certainly has an interesting premise: it's a "third-person asymmetrical multiplayer title where one player controls Jason Voorhees while the remaining seven control camp counselors try to survive the night." Gun Media goes on to say, "we’ve dedicated an incredible amount of time to balancing out counselor vs Jason scenarios to ensure fans are every bit as excited by the possibility of slaying jocks, nerds, and cheerleaders as Jason Voorhees, while simultaneously giving you that sense of challenge and fear from being a counselor."
How it'll play out remains to be seen. Historically, making a Friday the 13th game seems to have been a major challenge. There was a 1985 release on ZX Spectrum and Commodore 64 (which I incidentally reviewed and gave 13% to), and four years later a legendarily awful Atlus-developed NES game was released by LJN that was pretty much universally panned by critics. But maybe third time will be the charm for the franchise? We'll have to wait and see.
It certainly sounds like an ambitious project, and while the game has cleared its goal by $20,000 at time of writing this, there are stretch goals in place to the tune of $5.5 million that add additional features to the game. However, it's doubtful whether the game is likely to reach anywhere near that with just a couple of days to go on its campaign.
Friday the 13th: The Game is set for release on Steam, Xbox One and PS4, and Gun Media are aiming to produce the game by October 2016.