Any game that offers the opportunity to virtually slaughter American teenagers, and listen to their pleading cries for help in the final moments, is absolutely dandy with me. Yeah Friday the 13th is a one-trick pony. But what a trick!
Since launch the game has had something of a rocky ride, with content updates introducing bugs, a minor craze for team-killing among counsellors, and some of the usual grumbling about content versus price. Developers Gun Media / Illfonic have nevertheless continued to support the game through this and add a good amount of free content. Their latest offering is timed to coincide with tomorrow's date.
Rather confusingly this (free) update is called 'the Final Chapter' but, in parallel with the films, it does not mean the end of support for the game. It includes a new map called Jarvis House, and a new counsellor called Mitch Floyd, who seems to be very relaxed and quiet but is somewhat lacking in the luck, strength and speed department. Ahh, he's a hippie!
The big tie-up though is that from Friday the 13th through to the 15th October, all players will receive double XP. If there's one thing I'm not too keen on with this game, it's the slow unlock system for characters and perks, so this is at least a chance to get some appropriately-themed grinding done.
The update also introduces rain effects across the maps, and lists various bug fixes (hopefully not introducing too many in the process). A notable feature is that counsellors can now gently push each other out of the way, which has been introduced in response to players griefing others by body-blocking them in narrow spaces — though the pushes, of course, don't have any impact on Jason.
Full details are in the patch notes, though some highlights include:
Fixed a bug that caused Pamela Voorhees’ Sweater to sometimes not properly appear as equipped
Fixed an issue that caused players to sometimes become stuck if they used the Emote Wheel while in hiding
Fixed a bug that was causing a second Tommy Jarvis model to appear
Fixed a bug that allowed Tommy Jarvis to be killed during his intro cinematic