Late last year, a promising new project entitled Slasher Vol. 1: Summer Camp popped up on Kickstarter. The game was obviously (some would say blatantly) influenced by Friday the 13th, so much so, that the series’ creator Sean Cunningham reached out about making it an officially licensed Friday the 13th game. With Jason now bringing the slasher star power, Friday the 13th: The Game managed to raise over $800,000 on Kickstarter, surpassing the project’s original $700,000 goal.
Friday the 13th: The Game is a 1-on-7 multiplayer game, where one person plays Jason, and everybody else plays hapless, trope-y teenagers. Play as the Jock, the leather-jacketed Edgy Guy or the Girl Next Door, just, whatever you do, don’t go skinny-dipping. Camp Crystal Lake is your playground, and as the teens, you either have to hide, run, and survive, or if you’re the ballsy type, try to take Jason out. As Jason, you have to kill as many people as you can in the most creative ways possible.
It’s a pretty brilliant concept, but for a while, the concept and a brief teaser trailer (which you can check out above) is all we had to judge Friday the 13th: The Game by. Well, the makers of the game have now released a couple new videos that shed some light on how the game is shaping up. First, here’s a bit of footage showing off the game’s “hide-and-seek” gameplay.
The game will also have locations other than the classic Camp Crystal Lake. Here’s a look at Higgins Haven, the location for Friday the 13th Part III. Warning, some bad, bloody things happen towards the end.
I have to say, this game is looking pretty polished, particularly for something supposedly being made on a sub-million-dollar budget (I have a feeling there are other investors involved here). No word yet on when Friday the 13th: The Game will arrive — our next Friday the 13th is coming up just next month, but it probably won’t be ready for then.
Anybody out there excited to test out their machete on a few callow teens? I definitely am, although I foresee some real-life violence breaking out over who gets to play as Jason.