One of the developers behind the multiplayer horror Friday the 13th, Gun Media, has announced that the game will not be getting any more new content anytime soon due to legal issues.
Back in July 2017, Victor Miller, the screenwriter for the original Friday the 13th film, sued producer Sean Cunningham over the rights to the series. According to Robert Wyman, a lawyer for the film’s production company, this wasn’t going to affect the 2016 video game version of the slasher franchise.
Apparently, things have changed.
In a statement, Gun Media had this to say about the lawsuit:
“As many in our community may be aware, a legal claim has been made which could affect all future Friday the 13th intellectual property. Although in the past the game has not been subject to any such claim, new content and material going forward will be affected. An initial decision in this case was expected in October 2017, but no decision has yet been issued. The court review of the legal rights is in process, but final resolution may take some time. 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. 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.”
Gun Media also stated that they aren’t giving up on the game just yet. The developing team plans to launch dedicated servers for the console versions of Friday the 13th.
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