Last October it was announced that after a 25 year hiatus, our old pal Jason Vorhees would be returning to the world of video games. Friday the 13th creator Sean S. Cunningham spoke with several major outlets and revealed his plans to create a unique game that tied in to the Friday the 13th tv series. We were all pretty stoked about the possibilities of a new horror adventure at Camp Crystal Lake, but the tentatively named Friday the 13th: The Video Game was originally scheduled to release in October and with no updates of any kind since May of this year, it’s not looking very promising (or is it?).
When the game was first revealed, Cunningham didn’t mention the specific developer working on the project, but promised is was in the hands of an “experienced,” “AAA studio.” We’ve all heard that classic line before… But even without a definitive developer attached to the project, my mind ran wild with grand ideas of what this experience might entail, especially after it was described as an “asymmetrical, cooperative and competitive multiplayer experience, where a small group of survivors will face off against a single player who takes on the roll of the iconic slasher antagonist.” So imagine Left 4 Dead or Evolve, but instead of the cooperative human players being rogue baddasses with heavy weaponry, they are helpless camp counselors trying to survive the onslaught of everyone’s favorite machete-wielding madman.
The internet exploded following the original announcement of the game, but after a few weeks of buzz things died down and there was basically no information revealed about the project for months. In May, the developer was finally unveiled along with some fairly promising screenshots. A studio by the name of Gun would be handling the officially titled Slasher Vol 1: Summer Camp (quite the mouthful) and their goal was to deliver a title that captured the essence of the 80’s slasher. The game is even being designed so that it looks as though you are watching it on an old VHS tape, which is a very nice touch and if done well, could really make this a fantastic project.
So if this title is actually scheduled to release in October, why have the developers and publishers been so quiet about it? We’re quickly approaching horror month and this would be the prime opportunity to build some serious hype. Normally I would assume that due to the lack of updates and general information, Slasher Vol 1: Summer Camp would either be delayed or cancelled, BUT after doing some digging I found a very cryptic countdown timer on the studio’s website. As of writing this, we are only 18 days away from either some big news about the project or maybe (and hopefully) the release of the game.
October just isn’t the same without a few really solid horror releases, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed in hopes of a speedy release of the new Friday the 13th game. I’ll be sure to keep you guys updated with any other information I find out about the game’s release and in the meantime, be sure to visit the Summer Camp website, input your email address, and check out the radical VHS countdown timer.