HUGE UPDATE: Adding Single Player Campaign and Offline AI Bots, Tommy Jarvis, New Map - Packanack Lodge, and much more!!!
Let's get right down to it... This is a HUGE update and we have lots to talk about.
We at Gun Media and IllFonic are very proud to announce that we're going to be able to give everyone that pre-ordered the game, and all those that buy the game from here on out, the most-often requested features and content!
Friday the 13th: The Game will feature the multiplayer experience that we've been building to date; but we're also announcing that we're adding a single player experience and the inclusion of AI bots!!! We've heard it from many fans on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, our own Forums, Reddit, in person at various conventions... You want offline play and Single Player, and we've listened and found a way to accommodate it in the budget and our schedule.
While the addition of Single Player and AI Bots means a bigger game for all, they also mean a delay from a Fall 2016 release window to a new launch window scheduled for Spring 2017. Gun Media and IllFonic will use the time to lay down the groundwork for the single player experience while continuing development of the multiplayer portion with additional content that we're about to talk about below.
We're also announcing that Tommy Jarvis will return to Camp Crystal Lake as a playable character! As you all likely know, Tommy Jarvis is featured in multiple films in the franchise and is one of Jason's main protagonists and he'll return ready for battle.
We have a big new map to announce too! Today we're revealing that Packanack Lodge is our 3rd playable map that we'll be offering in the multiplayer game. Fans can return to the scenes of Friday the 13th: Part 2 and play out their own horror movies in legendary film locations.
The release schedule is roughly as follows:
- Fall 2016: Beta Release including 4 additional beta keys for friends when pre-ordered (KS Backers will get an additional 4 beta keys for their friends as well)
- Spring 2017: Multiplayer Release with Tommy Jarvis and Packanack Lodge as the third playable map
- Summer 2017: Single Player Release and Offline AI Bots
Here is a quote from Gun Media studio head & co-creator Wes Keltner. "The first thing people are going to read here is 'delay. We want everyone to be assured that coming to our decision to delay was no easy matter, but we believe that the positives far outweigh the negatives. We've been reading day in and day out on our social media feeds that single player and Tommy Jarvis were in such a demand that we couldn't ignore our fans. After securing funding, we're here to tell you that it is a reality and we're making this game even bigger. It sucks that there's a delay, but the wait won't be too long and it's going to offer more for fans in the long-run!"
As of today, we're happy to announce that all those who believed in the game and have already backed or pre-ordered to support the game, those individuals will receive single player for free when the game releases. No additional charges.
The new price of the game henceforth will increase from $30USD digital to $40USD digital, and the physical copy will remain priced at $60USD. We believe that digital prices should include a savings for those that purchase them, and those that want to hold a physical copy in their hands can pay more for it, since it costs more to produce, manufacture and distribute. It's logical and we at Gun Media scratch our heads when we see digital pricing for games that matches the physical pricing.
Beta Coming This Fall (4 Free Beta Keys for Friends)
Later this Fall we will be releasing the Beta for Friday the 13th: The Game! Every KS backer that backed the game and will be getting a beta key will get 4 additional Beta keys to give out to friends. Kickstarter Backers will get access to the Beta earlier than anyone else.
All pre-orders that have been made to date and any that will happen from here on out until the Beta will also get 4 additional Beta keys for their friends.
Virtual Cabin Update
There is no Virtual Cabin update this week, but we'll return on Friday Oct. 21st with one. Look for new Counselors, and another surprise next week!
** IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT (PLEASE READ) **
We'll be charging pre-orders and running cards on the last Friday of every month from here on out until we ship the game. If you've pre-ordered anything from BackerKit recently (since June 8th) you'll be getting charged and having your order locked in. If you were charged during Kickstarter, or back anytime before Friday Sept. 30th, then you will NOT be charged again. I repeat, if you were already charged, you will not be charged again. This reminder is only for those that pre-order between now and Launch.
This Friday, October 28th, credit cards will be charged. Every last Friday of every month will also have cards charged.
Get your orders in for any add-ons you may be looking to pick up. You can still update addresses yourselves as well, so keep that in mind.
If you need to change the platform you ordered your game on between now and launch, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday the 13th: The Game Twitch Streams
Join us on Twitch this Friday (and every Friday) for some fun Horror gameplay! We've been playing Layers of Fear, Outlast and just last week did Resident Evil 4 and the Outlast 2 Demo. Tune in this Friday at 8pm EST/5pm PST to watch @Randygbk return to take on the alien in Alien Isolation and answer questions from the community about the game.
Here is the link to the stream for safe keeping - http://www.twitch.tv/fridaythe13thgame
Take a moment to follow us on Twitch now, that way you can get a notification whenever we go live. You really really should. For reals...
Friday the 13th: The Game at Scarefest
We had a blast at Scarefest earlier this month and wanted to share some pics from the event that was held in Lexington, KY.
We'll end this update with a little treat. Here is a screenshot taken from a recent playtest that features Jason making a quick exit to pursue another counselor after just ending the life of another.
Stay safe & watch your back! And with that...
We're out like Jason!
- Gun Media & Illfonic