The developers of Friday the 13th: The Game reveal upcoming kill animations that gamers playing as Jason Voorhees will be able to execute on camp counselors.
Fans have been eagerly awaiting updates regarding the upcoming Friday the 13th: The Game, especially after the game successfully reached some of its Kickstarter stretch goals. Attendees of PAX South got their wish, with developers giving the fans a sneak peek of what to expect from Jason’s kill animations at Camp Crystal Lake.
Gun Media has been hard at work bringing Jason Voorhees’ new kill animations to life, and there will be plenty of them in Friday the 13th: The Game. In addition to the stretch goal animations, like the recreation of Jason’s sleeping bag kill from Friday the 13th Part VII, there are a slew of others that have been recorded via mocap. They sound as brutal as fans of the movie series would expect, with plenty of guts and gore to be had:
Jason rips off the player’s leg and walks away with it.
Jason slits the player’s throat, then drowns them in a toilet.
Jason folds the player in half in a beach chair, crushing them.
Jason plunges a spear into the player’s head.
Jason curbstomps the player’s spine.
Jason rips the top of the player’s skull off.
Unlike many other games, the developers are determined to make these animations as realistic as they can be, which may make Jason’s kills more believable than Jason’s fatalities in Mortal Kombat X. Rather than relying solely on CGI, co-creator Ronnie Hobbs says that they’ve only designed kills that are possible to pull off with practical effects. Hobbs also admitted some anxiety, stating that the kills are so violent that he would consider himself lucky if they get away with putting half of them into the game.
Unfortunately, final renders of these kills aren’t yet available, but the developer did show off some photographs of the motion capture sessions for the kills in progress. In addition, the developer showed off the most recent model of Jason, based off his appearance in Friday the 13th: Part 3, both with and without his mask.
The developers also had some new information about the game to share. While Friday the 13th: The Game is an asymmetrical multiplayer game with seven players acting as camp counselors and one player controlling Jason, it’s not entirely a selfless team-based endeavor. The developers have pointed out that it’s entirely possible for the camp survivors to purposefully sacrifice one another to try and survive. Since different character classes will have differing abilities and weaknesses, it may make even more sense for some players to purposefully ditch their former teammates that were only dragging them down.
Friday the 13th: The Game is one of the most eagerly-awaited horror games, and it looks like the developers are well on their way to creating a terrifying experience that will satisfy fans of the series. Considering that only one-third of crowdfunded games are actually delivered, it’s good to see that the team at Gun Media is hard at work to make sure that their crowdfunded game doesn’t let down their funders and fans.
Friday the 13th: The Game is set to release in October for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.