Just a few days after Halloween it has been announced that the survival horror game, Friday the 13th: The Game will be delivering its final update and closing down its dedicated servers. Matt Shotcha, the Game Media Lead Community Developer, announced the news via the games official website:
“All things must come to an end, eventually… The Game will be decommissioned in the upcoming patch, set to roll out this month, November 2020. What this means is that the game will revert back to peer to peer matchmaking for Quick Play lobbies. The Database Servers, however, will stay active and continue to house all player progression and unlocks, so users can continue to play Friday the 13th….The team has been hard at work completing fixes for a long list of player issues to include in that final patch, and the community can expect finalized patch notes to be released in the week prior to the patch going live.”
The game was released after a successful Kickstarter campaign in 2017. Originally, the semi-open world horror title was meant to be multiplayer only, but a single-player mode was introduced. Multiplayer sees up to eight players play in the same game. The single-player mode saw players control protagonist Jason and battle off-line computer counselor bots. The game was originally released for PS4, Xbox One and PC. It received a Nintendo Switch release in 2019.
When it was first released it was overrun with bugs and a lot of player’s cheating via the game’s online servers. In 2018 the game’s devs, Gun Media, stopped producing their plans for additional content due to a spat between Friday the 13th script writer Victor Miller and the film’s original director, Sean S. Cunningham. Even though it had a pretty patchy start, the game still went on to sell two million copies in the first three months of this release. This obviously is due to the original film’s cult following and its dedicated fan base.
Though there is no actual date when the final update and subsequent dedicated server closures will occur, but it will be sometime in November 2020. Players can still report bugs from the game here once the servers have closed.