Rising from the depths of Crystal Lake to deliver this announcement, Gun Media and IllFonic have finally announced that Friday the 13th: The Game will be arriving May 26 on Steam. Following some alpha and beta tests, this asymmetrical multiplayer survival horror will soon be ready to scare the living daylights out of digital campers.
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For those who aren’t up to date on Friday the 13th: The Game, it’s an asymmetrical multiplayer game where one player takes the role of mythical movie slasher Jason Voorhees, while the remaining seven players are cast as one of the several unfortunate camp counselors from the various Friday the 13th movies. It’s up to the counselors to work together to escape the lone murderer, while Jason just needs to kill everyone who dare oppose him. Counselors can defeat Jason by luring him into a specific trap, but it requires precise teamwork and planning to pull off.
This game of cat and mouse is not restricted to just Camp Crystal Lake; Higgins Haven and Packanack Lodge will also be available as playable maps. If you get picked to play Jason, players can choose between the Jasons from either Part II, III, VI, VII, VII or IX, each with their own unique powers and abilities. Likewise, each camp counselor has their own set of strengths and weaknesses which make them suited for repairing items, healing other counselors or building traps.
The trailer above shows both sides in action, with counselors fighting for their lives as Jason pursues them. Jason can tear down walls with a fire axe, take out the power generators lighting up one of the lodges or even stop an escaping car with his monstrous strength. Nowhere is safe if you’re playing against a competent Jason player, so expect a few screams over the microphone if you get matched against one.
Friday the 13th: The Game will release May 26 on Steam for $40. A physical version is also available, alongside a limited collector’s edition which comes with a special steel-case and art cover. For those who are wanting some solo scares, a free update will be arriving in the summer which adds a single-player campaign to proceedings.