Illfonic and Gun Media's Friday The 13th: The Game has been in the news quite a bit for the long delayed single-player portion of the game. While the multiplayer aspects have been up and available since its release, a lot of gamers are still curious how the single-player mode will play out. Well, we're finally getting our first look at the single-player challenges in Friday The 13th: The Game.
The three minute video was posted on the official Gun Media YouTube channel and runs down some of the features and mechanics that players can expect from the single-player content.
Now, there's a very interesting approach here to what Illfonic is doing with Friday The 13th: The Game that's different from what gamers might have been expecting. In the video we get to see the tutorial level for the Challenge Mode designed for single players.
The video starts with a short cinematic of two jocks fixing their car on the side of the road. Jason's mother gives him his mission objective: kill them all.
And here is where we see how the game's single-player mode isn't quite what you were expecting. Over on the official website for the game, there's a blog post explaining how the Challenge Mode is called "Challenge Mode" and not "Story Mode" because there was no story to follow.
The post logically points out that there was never a consistent narrative arc across the Friday the 13th films, just a series of mostly unconnected events where Jason would end up in a situation where he would attempt to kill a bunch of people. And so, instead of trying to craft a poorly strung together narrative in a Story Mode, the developers decided to theme the single-player gameplay around something a lot more plausible: the Hitman series from IO Interactive.
Mechanically, both Agent 47 and Jason operate on the same wave lengths; they're killers in a sandbox.
The stories for either character don't matter, but there's usually some light context to setup their kills, and this is the direction Gun Media and Illfonic are taking with Friday The 13th: The Game.
This is exactly what we see in the video above; challenges for Jason to complete. It starts with the two teens fixing the car by the side of the road, and you can take them out either stealthily or not.
The first teen is offed by getting impaled on a tree and then having a broken branch jammed through his head. The second teen meets a far more gruesome death, if that's even imaginable. Jason waits for him to crawl under the car and then Jason rips the jack out from under the car, causing it to partially decapitate the teen in a very bloody way.