Friday the 13th: The Game always seemed destined for a short lifespan. Its gameplay model, while similar to the popular Dead by Daylight where players choose to participate in a survival arena as a killer taking down survivors or as a survivor trying to escape before time runs out, has a pretty decent appeal. However, playing only as one killer in a fairly small and tight sandbox wasn’t going to last long, especially since nearly every other killer/slasher is available over in Dead by Daylight.
And to that end, Friday the 13th: The Game will be delisted from storefronts on December 31, 2023, and no longer available to purchase. The game will still have its servers up at least until the end of 2024 but likely won’t stay up and alive for much longer after that.
— Friday The 13th Game (@Friday13thGame) June 8, 2023
The good news is, an entirely new game is already in the works, says Harry Manfredini, who you may recognize as the composer for many horror franchises, including pretty much everything Friday the 13th.
Speaking to Rely on Horror, Manfredini says that he is working on scoring the unannounced Friday the 13th video game and that it will be different than the 1v7 asymmetrical horror game that is on its way out. What that means just yet is anyone’s guess, as Manfredini himself doesn’t know much more than the simple fact it will be a whole new experience for gamers. But if we had it our way, we would love to play as a counselor constantly being stalked by Jason in and around the Crystal Lake area. There is a lot of potential there that we hope can be realized.
While it is exciting to see a whole new experience being developed from the ground up for an iconic killer such as Jason Voorhees, we do hope that all the legal battles going on with the franchise get resolved and settle a bit and maybe even see Voorhees join Dead by Daylight, despite the obvious similarities and traits the character shares with many other horror icons and original killers in the game.
Whatever the future may hold, we certainly think there is massive potential for a truly brilliant gameplay experience for one of the most iconic names in horror. Please don’t screw this up. That’s all we ask.