Gun Media has released a new trailer for "Friday the 13th: The Game," showcasing the many ways series antagonist Jason Voorhees can kill camp counselors.
While it also features previously unseen in-game locations and characters, the four-minute trailer's scenes of Jason committing carnage on the residents of Camp Crystal Lake are the obvious star of the video. Some of these methods include throwing people through windows, dropping them on their heads, and chopping them up with either a machete or an ax. The video also reveals that Jason will appear in his various incarnations, including his early burlap mask days and the later, more stylized hockey mask era.
Based on the popular film franchise of the same name, "Friday the 13th: The Game" successfully raised approximately $2.1 million dollars through crowdfunding back in 2015. The game is set at the iconic Camp Crystal Lake, in the mid-1980s. At launch, the game will feature one versus seven asymmetrical multiplayer, with players controlling either Jason or one of the camp counselors. The seven counselors are tasked with escaping the camp or surviving until time runs out; however, Jason only has one goal: kill everyone. While not available at launch, Gun Media plans to release a single-player campaign later.
"Friday the 13th: The Game" originally began as "Slasher Vol. 1: Summer Camp," which would have certainly been inspired by "Friday the 13th." However, after seeing the game’s original trailer, series producer Sean Cunningham struck a deal with Gun Media to turn "Slasher" into a licensed "Friday the 13th" game.
The first "Friday the 13th" movie was released in 1980. Despite negative reviews at launch, the movie gained a cult following, which led to eleven more movies starring Jason. The hockey-mask wearing antagonist is a major pop-culture icon, with everything from novels to toys sporting his name. Despite this success, there hasn't been a console game starring Jason since 1989 when LJN released "Friday the 13th" for the NES. Many consider LJN's game, which was famed for its difficulty, one of the worst games of all time.
"Friday: the 13th: The Game" is slated for release in early 2017, with the single-player campaign planned for a summer release. Coming to Xbox One, PS4, and PC, the game is available for pre-order now.