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Friday The 13th: The Game Stumbles Onto Consoles And PCs In May

Strap on your hockey masks and buckle up. Friday the 13th: The Game, an asymmetrical multiplayer game inspired by the classic horror franchise, launches on May 27. The game will launch on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Steam, and will cost $40.


In Friday the 13th: The Game, one player controls slasher-movie icon Jason Voorhees, while up to seven others play as Camp Crystal Lake counsellors. To win, the campers need to escape the level, survive until the timer winds down, or defeat Jason via a difficult co-op challenge. Jason wins by hunting down his opponents and killing them before time runs out. In order to help capture his prey, Jason has enhanced vision and hearing, and he can teleport around the map as he pleases, hopefully leading to some movie-like jump scares.

As VentureBeat reports, players can customize both Jason and individual campers to suit their tastes. Jason sports outfits from a number of Friday the 13th movies, as well as a brand new design by Friday the 13th makeup and special effects artist, Tom Savini. Meanwhile, campers can equip a number of '80s-inspired fashions as well as "perks," which offer unique benefits (and disadvantages) aimed at making the game feel fresh every time that you play.


Friday the 13th: The Game began as a Friday the 13th homage called Slasher Vol. 1: Summer Camp, which was set at Camp Forest Green. The project caught the eye of Friday the 13th creator Sean Cunningham, and before long, the game became an official Friday the 13th spinoff. A series of successful crowdfunding campaigns followed, raising almost $1.25 million.

In addition to Savini's involvement, Friday the 13th composer Harry Manfredini will provide the game's score and Friday the 13th: Part VI alumnus Thom Mathews will reprise his role as Tommy Jarvis. Kane Hodder, who played Jason in a number of recent Friday the 13th flicks (although he was denied the part for Freddy vs. Jason for outrageous reasons) will perform motion capture to bring the nefarious villain back to life.