Friday the thirteenth: The Game has been loads like a horror film monster: It doesn’t matter what’s been completed to it through the years, it simply is not going to die. However right now writer Gun Media introduced that the tip is lastly in sight: The corporate’s license will expire on December 31, at which period it’ll not be supplied on the market, and in some unspecified time in the future after that it’ll cease working fully.
“The game will, nonetheless, proceed to perform by means of not less than December 31, 2024, for those who already personal it,” Gun Media stated. “At the moment, we have made the choice to scale back the value to $4.00 for the bottom game and $0.99 for each bit of DLC content material. We’ll proceed to supply the title and content material at that worth level right up till it’s faraway from digital/bodily storefronts on December thirty first, 2023.”
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It hasn’t been a clean trip for Friday the thirteenth, and like a supernaturally-powered killer who will get shot and axed and set on hearth and simply retains coming, the game suffered by means of a mess of points over its surprisingly lengthy life. It made fairly a constructive impression when it debuted in 2017 however—shock!—the total launch was affected by persistent server points and worries that developer Illfonic had deserted the undertaking fully in favor of one thing new.
The issues grew extra critical the next yr, when content material improvement was placed on hold due to a authorized dispute over possession of the Friday the thirteenth property. Not lengthy after that, additional improvement was cancelled solely, and in 2020 devoted server performance was dropped. However by means of all of it, the game continued to run, and folks continued to play: The height concurrent participant depend in Could, in line with Steam Charts, was 675—not loads, however much more than, say, Redfall.
And there is some real disappointment within the replies on Twitter, too:
It at all times sucks when video games come to an finish, however seven years is not a foul run, particularly for a game that took a beating like this one. And who is aware of? A yr and a half is loads of time—perhaps lengthy sufficient for modders to determine some form of workaround.
No matter how that works out, the gradual dying of Friday the thirteenth doesn’t sign the tip of licensed multiplayer survivor horror antics: Gun Media is now engaged on a really promising Texas Chainsaw Bloodbath game that is anticipated to be out later this yr.