Friday the 13th: The Game co-creator Wes Keltner describes his ideas for a single-player campaign for the title, revealing that it could still happen in the future.
Friday the 13th: The Game has netted plenty of praise from gamers and critics alike, ultimately securing its spot as one of the best horror games shown during E3 2016 and as one of the most eagerly awaited horror titles of 2016. While the game has offered a terrifying multiplayer mode, an option to play the game solo has been absent, but the developer isn’t taking the idea off the table just yet.
Friday the 13th: The Game co-creator Wes Keltner spoke in an interview about the game’s lack of single-player mode, and explained that the game could potentially later receive a single-player mode. Keltner explained that every dollar that comes in via pre-orders is being reinvested into the game in order to bring players new features, and the team is interested in making a single player option a reality.
Keltner briefly described his team’s vision for a single-player mode, noting that the player would still be able to either play as Jason or a camp counselor. He compared his idea to Hitman, where players can base their movements upon what’s going on around them:
“You sit there long enough, and you can figure out where everyone’s going and what to do. That’s still fun. No question, it’s still fun. That’s where we want to go with single-player in our game.”
Despite the interest in a single-player campaign, Keltner indicated that ultimately the team chose to make the game multiplayer-only because they felt that it would be more fun for players. While figuring out how an AI camp counselor or Jason is acting in order to survive could be fun, the variability of a real player’s actions are more appealing to his team.
In addition, a multiplayer-only game was less expensive to produce. This was certainly an important factor for them to keep in mind, considering that Friday the 13th‘s future was largely decided by its successful crowdfunding attempt. In addition, the option of a single-player mode was considered from the get-go, but the Kickstarter campaign didn’t come anywhere near the necessary stretch goal to unlock a single player campaign.
Unlike many crowdfunded games that have never been delivered or failed to make good on their promises, Friday the 13th: The Game seems to be well on its way to becoming a brilliant horror game. If the game performs well, fans who have been eagerly awaiting the return of the legendary horror antagonist Jason Voorhees in his very own game may have even more to look forward to in the months or years to come.
Friday the 13th: The Game is set to release in October of 2016 for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.