A lot of times people are quick to say that gamers can't be pleased; that the gaming community is perpetually angry; that gamers are always quick to attack developers over simple things. Well, in this case, fans of Friday The 13th: The Game are quite irate and it's pretty easy to see why.
Now, this usually wouldn't mean anything and most people would agree that a developer working on multiple titles is common practice. Right? Well... not quite.
See, the issue is that Friday The 13th: The Game is still largely broken. In fact, there are a ton of bugs and glitches in the game that have still yet to be addressed, and console gamers are getting the worst of the measure since it's been more than a month since the last Xbox update. Xbox One gamers in particular have been left out in the woods waiting for a patch to address some of the glaring issues that are still present in Friday The 13th: The Game since it launched earlier this year, back on May 26th.
Reddit threads popped up claiming that Illfonic could no longer use the excuse that its just a "small studio" if it's currently working on multiple games. Fans claimed that if Illfonic had dedicated time to Friday The 13th: The Game then the studio wouldn't be stretched so thin, and that many of the issues still lingering from the rocky launch could have been fixed by now.
PC Gamer, however, is reporting that the studio has heard the complaints and have attempted to assuage the hate. According to CEO Chuck Brungardt, he explained that both big and small studios work on multiple games all the time and that the studio is still hiring to work specifically on Friday The 13th: The Game...
Most major and independent studios have multiple teams working on multiple projects at the same time. This is critical for the survival of the studio, especially with the ups and downs with the game industry, [...]
[...] We also have opened a second office that sole purpose is to support development of Friday the 13th: The Game. In addition we are continuing to staff up more team members for continued support of the game.
Brungardt says that just the opposite is happening of what fans think is going on, and that there is more staff coming on to support the game and contribute more to the development of Friday The 13th: The Game.
The Kickstarted title didn't get off to the best of starts this past spring, and the radio silence on patches, updates and the still missing single-player campaign mode has left fans rightfully worried. There have been plenty of Kickstarted projects that have come and gone and have not fully delivered on what was promised, so it's understandable that some gamers would be worried and irate that it looks like Illfonic made a bit of quick cash on Friday The 13th: The Game and then decided to milk a new franchise in the form of Dead Alliance. However, the CEO is telling gamers to be patient and that the crowd-funded title isn't being abandoned.