Friday the 13th: The Game – overview

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Gun Media has announced that its Friday the 13th: The Game is now available on Nintendo Switch in an Ultimate Slasher Edition and a new trailer has been released to promote the event.

The Ultimate Slasher Switch Edition includes all released content and paid DLC, including every Jason Kill Pack, both Counselor Clothing Packs, and the Emote Party Pack. It does not the include Kickstarter backer-exclusive “Savini Jason” character or the backer-exclusive clothing pack.

“It’s been thirty years since Friday the 13th released on the Nintendo Entertainment System,” said Ismael Vicens, Gun Media Executive Producer. “We felt it was the right time to bring Camp Crystal Lake back to Nintendo hardware. Playing Friday the 13th: The Game on the Nintendo Switch against your friends, and having those friends be on their own devices in the same room is an experience unlike that found on any other platform, and we think fans are going to love it. With all of the content ever released, Counselors and Jason players alike will have their hands full when Friday the 13th: The Game releases on Nintendo Switch on August the 13th, 2019!”

Gun Media’s Director of Communications Daniel Nixon commented:

“We’re happy to be bringing Friday the 13th: The Game to the Nintendo Switch with the help of our partners at Black Tower and Nighthawk. The Nintendo Switch offers a unique experience, in both social settings and on the go, that we feel work very well with Friday the 13th: The Game.”

  • All DLC and Retail Exclusive Content* – In addition to all previously released DLC – including 10 single-player challenges, new maps, characters, counselor outfits, Jason skins, additional kills for Jason and the complete Virtual Cabin experience – the physical edition also offers exclusive Bloody Jason Skins and clothing packs.
  • Eight-Person Multiplayer and Single Player Modes – On maps spanning multiple iconic locations from the movie franchise, players will match up online as either Jason Voorhees or a Camp Counselor trying to survive the night. Players seeking lower pressure slasher fun can take the fight offline in matches with AI bots.
  • Killer Variety – Players can don the mask of their favourite incarnations of Jason Voorhees as depicted in films two through nine. Each Jason is hand-crafted with specific strengths, weaknesses, and exclusive brutal kills. The retail edition offers even more brutal execution options, with the Pick Axe, Pig Splitter and Machete Kill Packs.
  • Character Customization – As players level up, they will unlock new playable Counselor and Jason models that can be purchased with Customization Points (CPs). CPs also unlock new kills for Jason, game-changing perks that help Camp Counselors survive the night, emotes for self-expression, and various regalia appropriate for a funeral … or seven.
  • The retail edition includes the Spring Break ’84 Clothing and Halloween Costume Packs for players to try on before the murder party.
  • Franchise Authenticity – The game draws expertise from horror icons including Sean S. Cunningham (director/creator of Friday the 13th), Tom Savini (FX legend and effects director of Friday the 13th), composer Harry Manfredini (various compositions from the franchise) and Kane Hodder (Jason Voorhees actor; Part 7, 8 and 9).

Here is our previous coverage of Friday the 13th: The Game:


Friday the 13th: The Game is a 2017 American computer slasher horror game developed by Gun Media via a successful Kickstarter campaign.


Friday the 13th: The Game was released on May 26, 2017. The game launched on Xbox One, PS4 and Steam as a digital download.

On June 11, 2018, the following statement from Gun Media was issued:

As many in our community may be aware, a legal claim has been made which could affect all future Friday the 13th intellectual property. Although in the past the game has not been subject to any such claim, new content and material going forward will be affected. An initial decision in this case was expected back in October 2017, but no decision has yet been issued. The court review of the legal rights is in process, but final resolution may take some time. Until the claim rights can be dismissed or resolved, no new content can be released.

When we originally learned that the game fell within the crosshairs of this legal dispute, we tried to balance the creation of new content requested by our fans against the maintenance and bug fixing that our community expects and deserves. We attempted to do both within the limits of the legal case.

We’ve now been forced to accept that the lawsuit makes future content for the game, including alternate play modes, new playable Jasons and Counselors, and new maps, unfeasible now or in the future. Although the listed content types will be affected, we remain committed to launching dedicated servers on our console platforms and providing the continued maintenance and bug fixing important to supporting our fan base.

So what does this mean exactly? There will be no additional content added to Friday the 13th: The Game. This includes “Uber Jason”, The Grendel Map, Jason Kill Packs, Clothing, Emotes and new Counselors.

A free content upgrade arrived on June 20, 2017. It includes an 8-bit-style Retro Jason, a reference to the Friday the 13th Nintendo video game from 1989. The update also includes new clothing for all counsellors, a double XP weekend from June 23-25, and 13,00 customisation points for every account.

Initially, the game launched with multiplayer-only gameplay allowing players for the very first time to take on the role of Jason Voorhees in his various incarnations throughout the storied franchise spanning three decades! This 1v7 asymmetric multiplayer title pits Jason against seven counsellors as they try to survive in three maps spanning Camp Crystal Lake, Higgins Haven and Packanack Lodge. The game’s single-player component is expected in Summer 2017.

The game involves the character of Tommy Jarvis character, based on his appearance in Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives. Actor Thom Matthews (The Return of the Living Dead) also reprised his role, joining Friday the 13th director/producer Sean S. Cunningham, special effects artist Tom Savini, composer Harry Manfredini, and Jason Voorhees actor Kane Hodder.

The Misfits song ‘Friday the 13th’, itself a tribute to 80s slashers, also features in the game.

Reviews [click links to read more]:

“Hunting down players and executing them in spectacularly gory scenes is an homage that warms my lifelong Friday-fan heart. But the fun of its asymmetrical multiplayer-only action is heavily skewed toward Jason, which means you’ll mostly be stuck playing as teens rummaging through drawers. Despite that lopsided gameplay and some pretty heinous glitches, there is some dumb fun to be had here – which is all the movies ever really offered, anyway.” Daemon Hatfield, IGN


“I haven’t even covered all the tactical considerations, such as managing fear, or turning on radios in cabins to trick Jason’s super senses into thinking they contain a counsellor. At $40/£30 it definitely isn’t a steal, but for chatty entertainers who enjoy multiplayer storytelling over technical perfection, Friday the 13th can be thrilling, stupid, and hilarious.” Tyler Wilde, PC Gamer


” …Gun Media is still updating and improving it all the time. They just added Fox, Part IV Jason, the Jarvis house, rain effects, and coming down the pipe is some kind of new ‘Who’s the killer’ Paranoia mode inspired by Roy in Part V. It’s a great game that just keeps getting better, and is the kind of faithful adaptation fandoms wait forever for and almost never see.” Justin Yandell, Bloody Disgusting


” it’s short on content and performs poorly all around, especially on consoles. The story goes that the developers weren’t prepared for amount of people who wanted to jump on day one, but that does little to assuage players who were convinced that they were paying for a finished product. Despite showing potential that may one day be realized, Friday the 13th comes across as an unfinished game that shouldn’t have been released in its current state.” Peter Brown, GameSpot


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