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Illfonic Posts Update on Future ‘Friday The 13th: The Game’ Content

Okay, I get it. Some of you aren’t happy with how Gun Media and Illfonic have been handling Friday The 13th: The Game, and you have the right to be. The company has however been trying to make it up to players over the frustration of bugs and online community interaction. And in a recent forum post, Illfonic executive producer Joshua Gertz laid out their content plans over the next two months for game updates.

In the post, Gertz does acknowledge the frustration for XBox players and the memory leak issue. The process of getting that patch rolled out was delayed by the certification process on XBox, and Gertz did post a link to the outline of the next patch’s progress. Gertz also acknowledged that they are working on the single player aspect (which yes, should have been released by now). They’ve also hired additional staff to get a handle on things (which again, was something that they should have done earlier).

If you’ve read my useless opinion on Twitter (or heard the banter from Jimmy Champane and John), we know that yes, it’s a small indie team working on this game, and they don’t have the same resources as a AAA studio. However, that doesn’t mean that they should get a free pass, either. The game, for all its good things, was marred by not-so-good things when it was released, and the team was slow to pick up the slack. But again, they are making steps towards getting things fixed up, and it gets to be a lot of fun when things go well. So, hang tight!

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  • disqus_JGr7FxyRat

    Oh shit, is that snowflake alluding to a winter skin for the maps? That’d be sweet.

    • Sky Commander

      for my money it just means christmas

    • No, it’s just an indicator on when they’ll be released. Anything in front of the pumpkin will be released before 31 October, anything in front of the snowflake will be released before January 2018, and anything after that comes later. The entire picture is a roadmap.

      • disqus_JGr7FxyRat

        Damn, set myself up for serious disappointment with that. On the other hand it’s good to know these updates are scheduled for so soon, I was expecting them to drag these out over the course of next year.

        • Yeah, that’s what most of us were expecting. They released this roadmap to let everyone know what’s happening.

      • Tan Shearer

        Or maybe it is an indication of winter skins….

        • It’s an indication of time, which is why it says “You are here”.

          • Tan Shearer

            Or it could be an indication of winter skins…

          • Okay, buddy. Given some of your other replies to my various post, I have to ask – Are you a troll?

  • Jack Thompson

    Just give me some new fucking maps and I’ll be happy.

    New maps are most important to me.

  • zombie84_41

    I just hate it cus its boring. Its the same crap over and over again even playing with friends its fun for 20 mins then gets boring as hell. They need to figure out something to make it more fun and not so fuckin repetitive


      liquor . . . try it with liquor, it usually helps make things better. Liquor is the answer to most problems.

      • zombie84_41

        lmfaooooo this is true.

  • Matthew Hutchinson

    Judging by the map, it’s going to be at least a year or more before I’ll have any reason to even consider buying a copy of the game.

    • Flu-Like Symptoms

      Your loss, Man. And that’s not me being a smartass. Just saying, the game is super fun in it’s current state. I’ve put in a ton of time on it and the biggest complaint I can come up with is it bluescreens from time to time (probably once or twice in an eight hour night). Granted, I play PS4/PC. I’ve heard enough from Xbox users to know never to pick it up for that system. But, the other two platforms more than make for a fun enough experience to justify spending the $40. If we got nothing else than what we have now I’d still be satisfied.

  • Travis Ignaffo

    I was kinda thinking it would be like this from the get go which is why i hesitated about getting it. I didn’t really like the concept of it and coming from a indie game studio i never heard of before i had my doubts. If it would’ve been mostly single player with online multiplayer on the side i would’ve jumped on it. Now im just waiting till single player actually gets here to buy the game so i can bypass the multiplayer.

    • Matthew Hutchinson

      My thoughts, exactly.

      One of the classic elements of the Slasher movie sub-genre are stupid teens. They’re written that way to give us eye candy for a movie’s death scenes. They’re also why we root for the villains so much. By stark contrast, real teens are not that stupid.

      IMO, the single biggest mistake Gun Media made when designing this game was to create a multiplayer-only experience instead of writing stupid bots. Their second biggest mistake was making the opportunity to play Jason a roll of the dice. I’d bet that most everyone who’s played the game since day one has always felt even a tinge of disappointment upon being randomly given yet another counselor to play for the next round instead of Jason, and then grudgingly go through the motions of trying to escape the map in the hope they’ll get to play Jason on the next round.

      • As much as I love these slasher films, it’s kind of funny to think about how severally mentally-handicapped killers like Frankenstein’s monster, Jason Voorhees and Leatherface often make smarter decisions than the actual protagonists.

        • Matthew Hutchinson

          Stan Lee was once asked who he thought would win in a fight between two superheroes (I forget which two). I absolutely loved his reply because it was so completely on point about the fictional nature of characters: “Whoever the writers decide would win.”

        • Tan Shearer

          There is a lot of difference between intelligence and common sense. I mean a lot of Harvard Students don’t even know how to use a washing machine or manage their money.

  • The Drucifer

    This game at its very best is some of the most fun I’ve had with a multiplayer in years; at its very worst it’s unplayable and frustrating.

    Most(not all)of the technical stuff has been ironed out on PS4 it still drops games from time to time and the community can be downright awful(not anyone’s fault but the asshole players). The trolls are there but so are some of the cooler people I’ve had the pleasure of gaming with maybe ever.

    They thought out so much in terms of its systems and approached almost every aspect of the game intelligently and with the heart of its source material fully intact I can’t help but applaud the game. I do wonder how much money was a bigger aspect in its faults than incompentance on the devs side. I would bet anything that it was released in the state it was because they had nothing left in the bank.

    I backed this game at a decent level and have no regrets, frustrations yes, but no regrets. Scaring noobs as Jason will never get old.

  • So single player starts before Christmas 2017, and then they add additional challenges in 2018?

  • David.

    I know it is a small team but with the game being heavily funded by backers and the sheer popularity of the game how has it took them this long to get extra staff in? even if it was just to rush out fixes for game breaking issues?

    They messed up the servers for the first week, released Savini Jason (which was a promised backerkit exclusive) on both console marketplaces, not delivered single player before the summer was over and the game is STILL buggy?

    I still think they’ve done a great job with the game in general but it is a little frustrating being let down so often.

    • You just answered your own question. It’s not about money, but rather the fact that it’s a small independent team with limited experience and manpower.

      The fact that the game was rushed to meet a deadline, only to be filled with bugs and glitches should tell you why everything else is taking so long. They’re at least trying, though they need to stop giving themselves impossible deadlines that they can’t meet. Single player was supposed to come out in Summer 2017, the game itself was supposed to come out in Early 2017 (which they said means in the first four months), ETC.

    • sblast13

      The release of Savini Jason wasn’t the fault of the developers, at least with regards to the situation of PS4. They told Sony that the skin was not to be made available for purchase and that it was an exclusive to backers and those who pre-ordered it. It was Sony who goofed and made it available for purchase.

  • ChampionOfLight

    “The process of getting that patch rolled out was delayed by the certification process on XBox”

    I mean – every game and patch goes through certification. I’m just saying – this is not a valid excuse whenever it is used. The reason it took so much time for this title is because the patch failed certification because it caused additional issues.

    • Well, not every game is as violent as Friday the 13th. Much like with the MPAA, it sometimes takes a bit of a fight to get the rating you want. It’s also from a small, independent team, which is why most of these updates are taking depressingly long.

      • ChampionOfLight

        That has nothing to do with this. I’m a developer – Ratings are obtained before the game ever enters certification. You can not submit a title before getting proper ratings from the ratings boards.

        The issue here was – they submitted a patch for the game and it created more issues then it fixed. So it failed and they had to re-submit it. I love the game but that is a mistake entirely on the developers.

  • I hope almost all of the DLCs be free because the game is good but also so incomplete.

    • Josh Blitzenbrox Myers

      Very. Especially since the single player mode that was supposed to come this summer is now looking more like after Christmas…unless they push it back yet again

  • NixEclips

    Can somebody tell me wtf an “emote pack” is, please?

    • Emotes. They allow you to do physical communication, such as a thumbs up or a wave.

      • Her thumbs up is scarily intense considering her blank face

      • gjk2012 .

        Why would they want to do a thumbs up when Jason is after you? Do they want to be killed?

        • Eastman420

          Can ask someone if they have keys or know where something is. Should have mics but if not this helps alittle.

        • NixEclips

          The closer Jason gets to players he can hear them talking and zero in on them. This helps them work together without alerting him to their location.

      • NixEclips

        Ah. That’s pretty cool. Then Jason can’t hear you. Thanks!

  • Flu-Like Symptoms

    So, the new Jasons are IV (obviously), X, and Uber. I’d bet in that order. These guys have done a wonderful job bringing this thing to life. I’ve had more fun with this game than I’ve had in years. Biggest frustration for me was originally team-killing. Now that that’s been eliminated the community is no worse than any other. Private matches with cool groups is still the way to go, but public is a whole lot more bearable after the recent update. The bonuses coming from here on are icing on the cake for me.

  • Josh Blitzenbrox Myers

    So when they promised single player mode this summer they meant summertime in December?

    • AdamX

      I’ll take it, I need something to play this winter.

  • Travis_Bickle

    I just reached the level cap. Still playing till my eyes bleed.

  • Cmdr Riker

    game is overrated and boring, moved on 2 weeks after release

  • John Connor

    Really want this game but I do not yet own a PS4 and dread having to buy an online subscription just for this game in addition to buying the game itself with a set of headphones for communication.
    But I can’t even connect to the internet to play until February because the Copyright Corps are taking over the internet and demanded Cox to disconnect me.
    And Cox has gone up on their pricing big time.
    I’ll have to pay double what I was paying before just for unlimited data.
    Combine that with the fact that some influential assholes want me fired from a job I love and I’d have to say that there doesn’t appear to be a future where I can play this game.

  • Trav

    Really glad we are getting an offline bots mode shortly after Halloween!

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