Jason Voorhees is set to return in Friday the 13th: The Game, and it looks like the hockey mask-wearing monster will be bringing his trademark manhandling of Crystal Lake campers along for the ride. The latest trailer for the game is coming at us from PAX West, and it's packed with some good old-fashioned horror movie violence.
After a successful Kickstarter campaign, Friday the 13th: The Game moved full steam ahead into development. The gameplay loop is kind of the exact opposite of something like Evolve. The players aren't trying to hunt down the big bad so much as stay the hell away from him, using clever tricks and careful hiding to keep out of sight of the machete-wielding killer.
Jason, on the other hand, has some neat abilities of his own that will make it hard for the campers to stay hidden for too long. If Jason manages to get a hold of you, well, the above trailer shows you what's likely to happen. Think of it as a tense and deadly game of hide and seek, and you've got the basic idea.
The developers have gone all out to recreate the look and feel of the classic Friday the 13th movies, bringing in folks who worked on the films to consult. One such helping hand was offered by Tom Savini, the SFX designer for more than a few horror movies, including some of the Friday the 13th films. He designed all of the unfortunate ends on display above, adding a nice little bit of authenticity to the mix.
I love that the trailer starts off looking like a classic 1980's horror film, complete with grain and screwed up tracking. After that, though, it's straight into the action where a bunch of unsuspecting campers and councilors meet an untimely demise.
While some serious hair metal plays in the background, we see a girl getting dragged into the lake, a dude getting his eyes poked out, another dude taking an ax to the gut and neck and even a head stomp. It gets crazier from there.
They went to Mortal Kombat levels with the violence here, so maybe I've waited way too long to offer up a "consider yourself warned." I mean, some of these are pretty nasty, folks.
But, if you're a fan of classic horror and have ever wanted to know what it's like to recreate one of the Friday the 13th film, this upcoming game certainly seems to offer a less deadly (for you, not your avatar) alternative.
If that seems like your idea of a good time, you can pre-order Friday the 13th: The Game at f13game.com right now. It's set to launch for PS4, Xbox One and PC, though we don't have a release date yet.