We’ve been following the Victor Miller/Friday the 13th lawsuit for the past year, and today a new victim has been caught up in the crossfire: Gun Media and the team behind Friday the 13th: The Game. Because of the legal issues surrounding the lawsuit and claims of ownership, all future updates for the wildly popular online video game are now being shut down with no plans for when they’ll be be back on track.
As the official press release explains:
When we originally learned that the game fell within the crosshairs of this legal dispute, we tried to balance the creation of new content requested by our fans against the maintenance and bug fixing that our community expects and deserves. We attempted to do both within the limits of the legal case.
We’ve now been forced to accept that the lawsuit makes future content for the game, including alternate play modes, new playable Jasons and Counselors, and new maps, unfeasible now or in the future. Although the listed content types will be affected, we remain committed to launching dedicated servers on our console platforms and providing the continued maintenance and bug fixing important to supporting our fan base.
So what does this mean exactly? There will be no additional content added to Friday the 13th: The Game. This includes “Uber Jason”, The Grendel Map, Jason Kill Packs, Clothing, Emotes and new Counselors.
This is obviously devastating news for the team, who were dedicated to bringing fresh content for the players, all of which was being pulled from the films. Those winks and nods delighted gamers as they got to play as Tommy Jarvis or see Fox enter the fray.
We can only hope that once the legal situation is figured out Gun Media and IllFonic can move forward with their original plans.