The developers are now in maintenance mode
Due to an ongoing and far-reaching legal battle over the rights to the Friday the 13th franchise, the developers of Friday the 13th: The Game have understandably abandoned their plans for all future DLC including Uber Jason, new camp counselors, and the Grendel spaceship map.
Publisher Gun Media summed up its predicament in a statement last week.
“Until the claim rights can be dismissed or resolved, no new content can be released. 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.”
The publisher also stressed that despite a change of plans, “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.”
Some players have held onto hope that once the rights dispute is finally resolved, the team behind Friday the 13th: The Game can resume its plans and move forward with DLC. That isn’t the case.
Q: “If the legal dispute gets a ruling, will you continue releasing content for F13?”
A: Sadly, no. We can’t pause game development for months at a time, it doesn’t work that way.
— F13_Wes (@weskeltner) June 21, 2018
As Gun Media’s Wes Keltner puts it, “Development on games can’t just pause indefinitely and pick back up again; it doesn’t work that way. Especially when you have no idea when that future date will occur. We can’t keep building content that may never see the light of day. That’s bad business.”
“I’ve also had questions about adding ‘non-F13‘ related content to the game. ‘Can’t you make a new level or a new counselor that has nothing to do with the films?’ We can’t do that either. We can’t add any content, whatsoever. Nada. Not even a new tree or rock. We can only focus on console dedicated servers, bug fixes, and maintenance.”
“I know this isn’t the news you wanted to hear,” wrote Keltner, “and I wish the situation were different. But it’s the painful truth. I appreciate your passion and look forward to seeing everyone around camp.”
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