Friday the 13th gives out free clobber in apology for launch woes

When Friday the 13th: The Game [official site] hacked through our door in May, our Adam declared the 1v7 multiplayer game “a smashing slasher sim.” But unexpected horrors lay within. The servers promptly fell over at launch, like that archetypal awful teen who stumbles on a root then lies there screaming for twenty seconds while a fella with a mask and a machete lumbers towards them, and players found a few naughty exploits too. Apologising, the developers are giving away some ’80s-tastic outfits as well as bonus points.

Yesterday brought a new “retro” skin and chiptune track for Jason plus two new outfits for all camp counselors. In a cheeky take on “retro”, that Jason skin just makes him purple and blue – like the ’80s, yeah? [I’m since told it’s because he looked like that in an old video game, which is far less fun a reason.] The new counselor clothing is more conventionally retro. Have a look:

The apology fun continues this weekend. XP rewards will be doubled from Friday through Sunday and all players will receive 13,000 CP (the currency used to unlock perks). That hasn’t happened yet, mind.

The devs say:

“Our thanks to the community for their support, their feedback, their concern and their suggestions. This has been a rocky release, to be frank. Our team is looking forward to the future to get more features, more content, more updates rolling at a quick pace and we hope you enjoy!”

6 Comments

  1. terves says:

    The retro Jason isn’t that color just for the hell of it, that’s the color scheme Jason had in the crappy NES Friday the 13th game.

    For reference: link to wac.450f.edgecastcdn.net

  2. Jalan says:

    The semi-effort they put into that Jason skin is something I’m at odds with. When picked, he looks like Part III Jason on the selection screen and the opening level sequence (and the end match sequence when he walks back to his shack). Since all they did was re-color him, it seems like they could have had the recoloration present in those sequences.

    I will say, though, that Mitch Murder track for the skin is pretty good (even if it does get tiresome to hear rather quickly).

  3. fish99 says:

    £30 for a game with 3 maps which all look the same with the same theme (cabin in the woods). I get that they’re a tiny company and can’t just bang out 8-10 great maps with different assets, but don’t charge £30 for it then.

    • FranSauce says:

      Those are supposed to be the original maps the movies took place in, and they might add a space themed map from Jason X