October 13, 2015


The First 'Friday the 13th' Video Game Since 1989 Is on the Way

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A year ago, Gun Media started working on a slasher-horror video game called Summer Camp. Now it's morphing into an all-out, officially sanctioned Friday the 13th game, the first since the 1989 Nintendo side-scroller. 

Series creator Sean S. Cunningham, now 73, endorsed the project and gave the development company the full license. Actor Kane Hodder — who played Jason in four of the films — is doing all the motion-capture for the game.

And yeah, you can play as Jason. (Or the campers. More on that in a second.)

A Kickstarter campaign for the game already has 2,100 backers and more than $123,000 of its $700,000 goal. This is one of those ones we're positive will skyrocket to like three times its goal in less than a week. Here's the first teaser trailer:

There's a 10-minute video about the game — filmed at Cunningham's home — over at the Kickstarter page. Meanwhile, here's some tantalizing description:

"Friday the 13th: The Game is a third-person, asymmetrical multiplayer title where one player controls Jason Voorhees while the remaining seven control camp counselors trying to survive the night.That's right...1v7 multiplayer set in the semi-open world of Camp Crystal Lake! It's a classic horror fan's dream, no shaky cam, no found footage. We want you to know we're revitalizing the golden era of slashers, and putting you at the controls of each horrific, blood-splattered moment. "

Donate more than $10,000 and you can be in the game. Only three of the four spots are left, so call in those favors fast. According to Engadget, Friday the 13th: The Game is being made with PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC in mind.