No more new maps, modes, characters, cosmetics, or DLC of any kind will be released for Friday the 13th the game for the foreseeable future, according to developer Gun Media. The problem, we're told, is that a lawsuit targeting the Friday the 13th franchise and a dispute over who really owns it, is causing all sorts of difficulties at the production end.
Although the saga of Friday the 13th is a long one, its latest development is depressingly short. At some point in 2013, original Friday the 13th screenwriter, Victro Miller, announced that he wasn't really employed back when he wrote the film, so he should retain the rights to its characters. That's why we haven't seen a new Friday the 13th film in a while, because he's gumming up production while he fights it out with the studios in the court.
Unfortunately, that halting dynamic appears to have now affected the F13 game too.
"Although in the past the game has not been subject to any such claim, new content and material going forward will be affected," Gun Media said in a statement. "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."
This means that the game will no longer receive any new content updates, despite a promise of a new Jason, a new "Grendal" map set on a space station, new counsellors and new outfits. Gun has promised to continue releasing bug fixes and patches for the game and will still be able to sell it, but unless this lawsuit is swiftly resolved in a few months -- when does that ever happen? -- this could be the end of the Friday the 13th's game development.