The next film in the Friday the 13th franchise has been stuck in development hell for years, but fans will be able to get their dose of Camp Crystal Lake mayhem soon enough, albeit in video game form. Friday the 13th: The Game, the Kickstarter-funded asymmetrical multiplayer survival-horror game, will launch for PC, PS4, and Xbox One on May 26th.
Gun Media announced Friday the 13th: The Game's release date earlier today with a new trailer that also shines a light on the game's numerous features. This new trailer focuses almost entirely on the features in the game's multiplayer mode, showing unlucky camp counselors fighting back against the near-invincible Jason Voorhees with everything they can get their hands on as they try to figure out how to escape Camp Crystal Lake in one piece.
When playing as camp counselors, players will be able to customize their attire as well as select a variety of perks to give them an edge over the murderous momma's boy that is Jason. While they are free to explore Camp Crystal Lake on their own, players' best bet for survival will be cooperating with others online, which will give them a better chance to escape or even kill Jason.
To make sure he is as formidable as possible, Friday the 13th: The Game also gives Jason some special abilities. These abilities include supernatural powers that will help Jason find counselors easier, as well as devastating finishing moves that let him slaughter them in gruesome fashion. Some of these gory executions can be glimpsed in the trailer above, though they're not for the faint of heart.
Something that the trailer fails to do, however, is explain Friday the 13th's single player campaign. As some may recall, Friday the 13th: The Game was delayed out of 2016 so the developers could add single player to the game, but the mode has mostly been kept under wraps since its initial announcement. That's seemingly for a good reason, as Gun Media reveals that the campaign will not launch with the game in May. According to the devs, the single player will be added via a free update later in the summer.
Questions about single player aside, Friday the 13th: The Game looks as though it will be faithful to the source material, with an 80s vibe that fully embraces the slasher genre and returning characters like Tommy Jarvis. Whether or not the gameplay holds up remains to be seen, but fans won't have to wait much longer to find out if it's worth making the trip to Camp Crystal Lake.
Friday the 13th: The Game will launch on May 26th for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.