Gun Media announced that they made the decision to pushed Friday the 13th to Spring 2017, from its tentative Fall 2016 date, in order to provide a full experience.
Since the Kickstarter campaign was launched around this time last year, one of things gamers wanted to know about was single player. It was one of the campaign’s stretch goals, which unfortunately was not met at the time. But that didn’t stop fans from asking about it.
According to the publisher, they have delayed the game in order “to expand development and inclusion of AI bots, Tommy Jarvis as [a ]playable character and [the] inclusion of Packanack Lodge playable map.”
Here’s what Wes Keltner, head honcho at Gun Media, had to say:
“The first thing people are going to read here is ‘delay. We want everyone to be assured that coming to our decision to delay was no easy matter, but we believe that the positives far outweigh the negatives. We’ve been reading day in and day out on our social media feeds that single player and Tommy Jarvis were in such a demand that we couldn’t ignore our fans. After securing funding, we’re here to tell you that it is a reality and we’re making this game even bigger. It sucks that there’s a delay, but the wait won’t be too long and it’s going to offer more for fans in the long-run!”
The closed beta is still planned for this year, although an exact date was not revealed. As a thank you to early backers from the Kickstarter campaign, backers will get a total of four additional beta keys they can share with their friends.
Admittedly, I’m a bit disappointed, but considering that they will add single player, it’s pretty cool that Gun Media listened to the fans.
We’ve been waiting since 1989 for another proper Friday the 13th game, what’s a few more months?