When Gun Media Gun announced last October that they had acquired a license for Friday the 13th, both gamers and slash horror fans rejoiced. Gun Media was approached directly by the filmmakers to make the game. They turned to Kickstarter to raise funds to make the development possible. The campaign was a huge success, making $823,704, over $120,000 more than its original $700,000 goal. Gun Media have been posting regular updates into its development process on Kickstarter. Now in a new interview with Hey Poor Player, Gun Media is sharing details into this exciting new venture.
The game takes you back to the original Friday the 13th, when Jason Voorhees terrorized the neighborhood. The game is teased like this: “For the first time since 1989, you have the opportunity to help bring a Friday the 13th video game to life! Stalk camp counselors across Crystal Lake as Jason Voorhees, or assume the role of a helpless camper and attempt to survive the night. Come be a part of this incredible moment in video game and horror history! We definitely can’t do it without you.”
The Crystal Lake Production team which owns the rights to Friday the 13th actually approached Gun Media about making the game. Knowing they wouldn’t have the financial ability to purchase a license outright, Crystal Lake agreed to allow the Gun Media team to promote and raise funds for the game, with the license to be paid later on.
One of the fun and challenging aspects of making the game is knowing the films have such a passionate fan base. As Gun Media acknowledges, many fans can recite each kill and most of the dialogue from the films, so the game will need to draw on those experiences. As they explained, “We need to create the camp from an amalgamation of multiple shooting locations, all of which were given the designation of ‘Camp Crystal Lake,’ (with a few notable additions in areas surrounding the lake, of course.) We get crazy offers all the time, and a lot of people with comments on Jason’s look and gameplay ideas. We’re reading and reacting to everything we get.”
Kane Hodder, the stuntman who played Jason Voorhees, posted photographs of the bruises he got off on a trip to get motion capture. This is exciting for fans of the films, knowing he is recreating his iconic role for gamers to enjoy. Other than Jason, the game will not necessarily incorporate movie characters. Instead they are creating archetypes drawn from the movies, like the girl next door, the athletic girl, the preppy guy, and more. Some notable characters from the movies are stretch goals on Kickstarter, including Tommy and Pamela Voorhees.
As for game play, few details are fleshed out. But players (who are camp counselors) will be able to work as a team or on their own to survive Jason. Of course you can also play as Jason, since killing the other counselors is part of the fun. Gun Media was asked straight out whether there would be nudity, and they replied that it would certainly be a game that was faithful to the movie on that score.