This news is probably going to get buried in the nonstop madness of E3 but it should be posted anyways because I am absolutely devastated over this.
Gun Media has announced that all future DLC content for Friday the 13th: The Game has been cancelled due to the legal battle going on right now over the rights to the Friday the 13th IP. Cancelled content includes Uber Jason, the Grendel Map, new Jason kill packs, new maps, new clothing options and new counselors.
Here is the official statement from Gun Media.
LEXINGTON, KENTUCKY June 11, 2018
Friday the 13th: The Game has established a loyal and excited fan base over the last year. As publisher/developer, Gun and Illfonic have made every effort to provide our fans with an authentic and great gaming experience.
As many in our community may be aware, a legal claim has been made which could affect all future Friday the 13th intellectual property. Although in the past the game has not been subject to any such claim, new content and material going forward will be affected. An initial decision in this case was expected in October 2017, but no decision has yet been issued. The court review of the legal rights is in process, but final resolution may take some time. Until the claim rights can be dismissed or resolved, no new content can be released.
When we originally learned that the game fell within the crosshairs of this legal dispute, we tried to balance the creation of new content requested by our fans against the maintenance and bug fixing that our community expects and deserves. We attempted to do both within the limits of the legal case.
We’ve now been forced to accept that the lawsuit makes future content for the game, including alternate play modes, new playable Jasons and Counselors, and new maps, unfeasible now or in the future. Although the listed content types will be affected, we remain committed to launching dedicated servers on our console platforms and providing the continued maintenance and bug fixing important to supporting our fan base.
So what does this mean exactly? There will be no additional content added to Friday the 13th: The Game. This includes “Uber Jason”, The Grendel Map, Jason Kill Packs, Clothing, Emotes and new Counselors.
This just sucks as I have spent the better part of the last year playing this game. Sure it had it's problems but at the same time it's some of the most fun I have had with any videogame in a long time.
Now the game isn't completely dead yet as you can still play the game right now, but without any new content coming, especially paid content that can bring money into the company, this leaves the game in a very very bad state. As much as I want to be optimistic about the future of this game, at this point I am waiting for an announcement that the servers are being shut down.
Either way, as someone that is a huge fan of the Friday the 13th movies, I want to thank Gun Media and Ill Fonic for creating a fun game that meant a lot to myself and many others.
I am hoping for the best, but I am also prepared for the worst.