The single player component of Friday the 13th: The Game was originally set to release this summer, but as the calendar progresses it’s become clear that it’s probably not happening. This has led fans to ask if there was any update on the single player offering, and here’s what the game’s official support account had to say when a player asked if it’d make the planned timeframe. “Single player is a work in progress,” wrote the account. “No official date yet. We want to be satisfied before we unleash it! Please stay tuned!”
Single player is a work in progress. No official release date yet. We want to be satisfied before we unleash it! Please stay tuned!
— Gun Media Support (@GunMediaSupport) August 18, 2017
This news isn’t very surprising, as the game was plagued with issues when it launched in May, and the developer has been busy fixing the core multiplayer.
Besides the many technical issues that should’ve delayed the game, there’s just not much content in IllFonic’s game. There are only three maps, which means players are looking at the same wooded areas a lot. This this isn’t a huge issue due to how placement of items is always randomized, but it did start to feel repetitive aesthetically. The only real hook to keep players coming back is to unlock new counselors and versions of Jason, which all have slightly different stats and can be customized with perks (or specialized kills in the case of Jason). It ultimately relies on players loving the core gameplay loop, which is awfully hard to do at the moment.
Friday the 13th: The Game shouldn’t have been released in the sad state it currently is in. From glitches that make players invincible to terrible matchmaking that had me waiting over 10 minutes to get into a room, it’s putting it nicely to call the end product a mess. It’s really heartbreaking to see since there are still positives that manage to shine through if one can look past the galling lack of polish. The core gameplay, when it works properly, can be fun when played with friends, and there are some refreshing ideas underneath the jank. Several months from now it may become the multiplayer hit it strives to be, but right now it’s an embarrassing release that can’t be recommended.