Ever since Friday the 13th: The Game became entangled in a legal battle initiated by the original film's screenwriter, the asymmetrical online multiplayer horror title's future has been shrouded in doubt and uncertainty. Now, the developers at Gun Media are opening up to fans and providing some much-needed clarification regarding the game's ultimate fate.
Just as Friday the 13th: The Game was beginning to pick up steam thanks to stability updates, fixes, and new content, the strong arm of the law put its momentum to a screeching halt. The lawsuit that essentially killed the game is fairly complex, but the main takeaway was that all future content updates would be cancelled permanently - in the words of Gun Media founder and president Wes Keltner, "not even a new tree or rock" could be added.
Understandably, fans of the game, and especially those who backed the game back in its Kickstarter phase, want answers. On the other hand, it's no secret that ongoing legal proceedings can get pretty sticky and that those involved need to be as careful as possible. After explaining as much to their loyal followers in a forum post, Keltner provided some valuable, and lawyer-approved, insights into Friday the 13th: The Game's behind-the-scenes situation.
Right off the bat, he rips off the band-aid and reiterates that the prospect of future content looks grim, saying "We cannot currently add new DLC or Content to the game and it is unclear if this can ever happen. We can only perform maintenance, balance, QoL fixes and bug fixes."
Responding to questions about the Uber Jason skin and Grendel Map, which appeared to be near completion in footage leaked prior to the announcement of the lawsuit, Keltner had this to say:
"While Uber Jason appeared to be close to being finished, there was still remaining work that needs to be completed in order to finish him. When we got word to stop, we stopped. There were clothing packs and kill packs that were also nearly complete. However, the Grendel map still had months of work to go. When this content was leaked, we were under 50% complete. It is not likely that Grendel will ever see the light of day."
Finally, the founder and president talked about the possibility of a settlement that would allow future content to be released, although those hopeful for such a development likely won't like what he had to say.
"Our partners at Horror, Inc have reached out a few times in an effort to settle with Mr. Miller. However, we were informed that this communication was ignored. We hope that all parties can come together in the future, so we can add some new content, but it’s not likely, nor should it be expected."
With all that doom and gloom, it can be easy to lose hope, however, the battle is far from over. Recently, Friday the 13th: The Game's producer shared an encouraging statement. Apparently, Horror, Inc. is exploring options to exploit a loophole that may pave way for new Friday the 13th-related content.
Source: Friday the 13th: The Game Forum