Horror fans have eagerly been awaiting the release of Summer Camp aka Friday the 13th: The Game ever since the name changed and the Kickstarter Campaign hit the web. We have seen clips, game play demos and updates from the developers themselves. It looks like an amazing open world multi-player that horror fans have been foaming at the mouth to get their hands on. But it looks like we will have to wait a little bit longer.
The development team behind the game, Illfonic, announced this past week that the release date was getting pushed back from October 2016 to Early 2017.
What is the cause for the delay?
“We have a special announcement today for all of our fans! Friday the 13th: The Game will expand upon the original multiplayer only format to now include a Single Player experience!
However, adding in single player means we need to push out the release of the game until Early 2017 to help onboard all of the additional work that our team needs to take on.
We’d also like to take this opportunity to confirm that offline bots will be added, Tommy Jarvis has been added to the game as a playable character and Packanack Lodge will be our third playable map! Everyone that pre-orders will be included in the PC beta!”
– Friday the 13th: The Game Facebook Page Announcement
While the news of a delay is really disappointing for us looking to slash our way to horror icon glory this Halloween – it’s also the best decision for the overall game experience. How many times have we seen games that get released under a deadline only to need patches to fix annoying glitches. The delay will add long term play-ability to the game as well. By adding single player it adds another element, like Until Dawn, for gamers to explore for years to come. Not to mention new chapters, maps and playable characters could be added at a later date. Major props for the small dev team that is taking on this huge task to deliver a top notch product.
So, yeah I am disappointed by this news, but again, I know it’s best for the long term experience. While we don’t get to chase down unsuspecting teens in cabins this fall we do get to dive into the Jason’s world at the perfect time….SUMMER (2017)!
Players who pre-order the game in digital or physical form will receive the single player component at no additional charge. Prices for pre-orders after as of October 13 will be set at $40 USD digital, $60 USD retail.