Friday the 13th is making a grand return to video games in an October 2015 release.
This time around, series creator Sean S. Cunningham reports that an “experienced game studio” will be in charge of the experience, and from the sound of things, it should be what Jason Voorhees fans have always wanted.
Instead of being confined to the part of survival girl, you can actually step into the worm-eaten clothes and battered hockey mask of everyone’s favorite spree killer for a little camping fun.
EGM adds that it will be “an asymmetrical, co-operative and competitive multiplayer predator/prey horror experience that pits a small group of resourceful survivors against a single player in control of the immortal, relentless slasher icon.”
The website also notes that this is the first time Jason has picked up the machete in an officially licensed venture since the 1989 NES game, which is undoubtedly charming but nowhere near the immersive experience we fans of the Camp Crystal Lake slasher would prefer.
“With a new television series on the horizon and plans announced for the thirteenth installment of the film franchise, we felt the timing was right to finally explore Jason, Camp Crystal Lake, and the rest of the Friday the 13th story in interactive form,” explains Cunningham. “We have some exciting new ideas for a game that supplies plenty of replay value, while delivering the kinds of thrills and scares that fans of the franchise have come to expect.”
The slasher sub-genre of horror film — long thought dead until a 1990s resurgence thanks to Wes Craven’s Scream — is coming on strong over the next year.
A new Scream TV show is planned at MTV as well as the Friday the 13th developments mentioned above. In the video game medium, there is this offering as well as a slew of new entries, reported here by Bloody-Disgusting.
Among the upcoming releases, there is the very Friday the 13th-esque Splatter Camp and Summer Camp.
Last Year and Until Dawn also appear to owe a heavy debt of gratitude to Mr. Voorhees and the batch of movie imitators that came after him.
So I guess I’ve said that to say this: clear your calendar starting in September, horror fans. You are going to have a LOT of gaming to do.
Are you looking forward to Friday the 13th: The Video Game? And which gory games will you be picking up in 2015? Sound off in our comments section.