The new Friday the 13th game started as something else: a game titled “Slasher Vol. 1: Summer Camp”, being developed by Gun Media. Summer Camp was meant to be an homage to the 80’s horror explosion. The original teaser was a gritty standard definition trailer for a cheesy horror movie in which the narrator warned that, at this summer camp, “Your sleeping bag will be your body bag.”
I was very excited about this game and devoured every scrap of news I could find, so you may be able to imagine the levels of hype I was feeling when the website changed to host an image of a bloody VCR with a 23 day countdown. No one knew what it meant – we just had to wait. It was a mixture of excitement and worry that I awoke to after 3 weeks of waiting. I found out that the game I had been holding my breath for had become the first Friday the 13th game since 2007, which was a mobile game, so does it really count? (In 2007 it was cool if your phone could play Tetris.) After my initial unjustified sense of betrayal, I became excited.
Now a Kickstarter page has been posted. Gun Media is asking for $700,000 to help finish the game and make the necessary changes to turn the homage into the real thing, but they aren’t doing it alone. Sean S. Cunningham directed the original Friday the 13th and helped create the horror icon that is Jason Vorhees. Tom Savini, who has credits to his name that include Day of the Dead, Dawn of the Dead, and Friday the 13th, will executive produce and be in charge of cinematography. Harry Manfedini will be composing the music, which makes sense because he composed music for 9 of the 12 movies in the franchise. The final horror alum to be added to the team is Kane Hodder, who will be the Mo-Cap/Stunt Coordinator. He is, and will be, the man behind the mask, and considering he played Jason in movies 7-10, I would say he has more than enough experience.
Gun Media is trying to keep the game as authentic as possible. One way they want to do that is by avoiding a publisher. Publishers might have hang ups about the violence, gore, and nudity needed to make the game feel like Camp Crystal Lake, but Gun Media considers those things to be necessities. The Kickstarter will also contain stretch goals going all the way up to 4.5 million dollars. Rewards range from wallpapers all the way to being in the game as a counselor, but the latter will set you back 10 grand, and at the moment, there are only 2 spots left for that reward.
As far as gameplay goes, it will be 1 VS 7 asymmetrical multiplayer – one person as Jason trying to kill the 7 camp counselors/players. Jason himself will be a nearly unstoppable force, who will have a multitude of abilities to harass, terrify, and dispatch the counselors, while the counselors will be divided into classes that so far have been announced as The Jock, The Nerd, The Girl Next Door, and The Edgy Guy. Gun Media is implementing several win conditions for the camp counselors. If you don’t want to run, you can attempt to stop Jason once and for all, but it won’t be easy.
Fear will also play a big part in the game. Jason could be lurking behind every corner, and the player will have to mitigate that fear in order to keep their character from suffering adverse effects, such as hallucinations.
At the end of each match, the game will compile the most nail biting moments into a video, like your own little Friday the 13th trailer. Players will then have the option to share these videos with other players. There will also be a unified player progression system that unlocks skins from the long history of this franchise.
Single player was not going to be included in Summer Camp, but now with Jason attached, the team can’t pass up the option of allowing players to experience classic moment from the movies as both Jason and the counselors. Head over to the Kickstarter to support this game, or even if you are just interested in reading more about what they have in store for us!