When the Friday the 13th: The Game community discovered that developer Illfonic is also working on Dead Alliance, a team-based multiplayer shooter launching next month, they voiced their concerns about ongoing support being abandoned for the recently released title.
In a tweet today, the Friday the 13th account shot down those concerns by saying, “100% untrue; support for F13 has actually increased. Development of Dead Alliance started prior to F13. No resources shifted/affected.”
Taking to Reddit, Illfonic CEO Chuck Brungardt further explained that they’ve always had a second team working on Dead Alliance and they actually opened a second office to help with Friday the 13th:
I wanted to address the concerns that IllFonic has abandoned Friday the 13th: The Game for Dead Alliance. This is 100% not true. Most major and independent studios have multiple teams working on multiple projects at the same time. This is critical for the survival of the studio, especially with the ups and downs with the game industry. Dead Alliance was started way before Friday the 13th: The Game. It was a co-development by Psyop Games and IllFonic then titled Moving Hazard. Psyop Games released Moving Hazard to Steam Early Access well over a year ago and it gained interest from Maximum Games for a console port. We’ve had a team who remained working on what turned into Dead Alliance for consoles that has always been separate from the Friday the 13th: The Game team. IllFonic still remains a small studio to this day but we are growing.
With the recent success of Friday the 13th: The Game we have been increasing our staff on the title. We originally had about 20 internal team members working on Friday the 13th: The Game and are now up to about 30 internal team members. We also have opened a second office that sole purpose is to support development of Friday the 13th: The Game. In addition we are continuing to staff up more team members for continued support of the game. So we assure you, continued support for Friday the 13th: The Game has not been abandoned, in fact, it’s quite the opposite.
Friday the 13th: The Game is a multiplayer-only title at the moment, but a single-player update is expected to hit this summer. It should also see a physical release shortly afterwards.
Dead Alliance releases on August 29, and a multiplayer beta will start on July 27.