When this entire Friday The 13th lawsuit was going on, it seemed as if Gun Media’s Friday The 13th: The Game was somehow unaffected. That all changed once the lawsuit ramped up and the word came out that the company had to shut down and cease all production on future content. The company had to part ways with developer IllFonic and switch to Black Tower Studios to take control and help maintain the system, as they were now legally barred from making any new content for the property. Today, the developers took to their forums to address the situation, and like a lot of people guessed, it was pretty much everything we already knew. Below are some of the highlights from the FAQ session about their situation, but right now, the game is getting no updates for the foreseeable future.
Q: Does this mean you (Gun Media) can create new DLC now?
A: We cannot currently add new DLC or Content to the game and it is unclear if this can ever happen. We can only perform maintenance, balance, QoL fixes and bug fixes.
Q: Why won’t/when will Gun Media add Uber Jason/Grendel/Clothing DLC?
A: The entire license is currently under a legal microscope. We wish this was a more clear-cut, black and white scenario, but it is not. There is a lot of gray. We hope that in the near future more legal clarity will occur, but this is not Gun’s call. As mentioned previously, at this time we can not add any new content, regardless of where the content falls within the F13 canon (Uber Jason for example).
While Uber Jason appeared to be close to being finished, there was still remaining work that needs to be completed in order to finish him. When we got word to stop, we stopped. There were clothing packs and kill packs that were also nearly complete. However, the Grendel map still had months of work to go. When this content was leaked, we were under 50% complete. It is not likely that Grendel will ever see the light of day.
Q: Why did you (Gun Media) decide to stop making content?
A: The decision was made for us to stop making content due to the sensitivity of the legal process. Gun does not own rights to Friday the 13th: The Game. We continue to work with our partners at Horror, Inc. as more information unfolds. Gun wants to release content, as do our partners at Horror. Until more clarity is provided, we can not add new content.