Gun Media officially announces its horror title Friday the 13th: The Game receives a delay into next year in order to work on its single-player campaign.
Several months ago, Friday the 13th: The Game's co-creator Wes Keltner went into detail about his various ideas for how a single-player mode could work for the title, teasing that there was a possibility for it to eventually come to fruition in the future. Now, it seems as if the solo campaign is going to come at a price to fans, as the publisher Gun Media took to the forthcoming horror release's Kickstarter page to declare that Friday the 13th: The Game has been pushed back to a launch window of sometime in the spring of 2017.
For those unaware, Friday the 13th: The Game was originally intended to release sometime in October of 2016 in order to capitalize on the Halloween festivities and to fulfill its promise of being one of the most anticipated horror titles of this year. However, now developer IllFonic will not only be able to utilize the rescheduling so as to build a solid single-player experience, but also can work on the release's multiplayer mode.
Although Friday the 13th: The Game is now slated for a spring 2017 launch, the single-player mode will be released later in the summer of next year. Fans who donated money and helped the title reach its Kickstarter funding goal or pre-ordered the game are to receive the single-player for free, while everyone else is going to have pay an increased digital price of $40 for the story mode, which is up from the original $30. That said, the $60 physical price will remain the same.
As far as other details to come out of Gun Media's latest update about Friday the 13th: The Game are concerned, Gun Media has also revealed that Tommy Jarvis — that is, the protagonist from some of the films — will be a playable character, and Packanack Lodge will be added as the third multiplayer map for Camp Crystal Lake. Not to mention, developers will also be adding the much-requested feature of offline AI bots.
While the news of Friday the 13th: The Game's delay is sure to be disappointing to a lot horror fans, it's worth noting that some folks won't have to wait until 2017 to get their hands on the title. As it happens, those who backed it on Kickstarter or pre-ordered it, will get to play the beta this year, in addition to four access keys players can give to friends.
Taking all of this into consideration, even though Friday the 13th: The Game's postponement will keep fans waiting even longer for its release, this additional time will more than likely benefit developers and players alike. For instance, the studio now has more space to improve the gameplay, add elements to make the title feel fuller, and polish visuals to make Jason's kills look even more gruesome, all of which will hopefully lead to a better final product.
Friday the 13th: The Game currently has a release window set for sometime in spring of 2017 for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.