Friday the 13th: The Game hasn’t released that long ago, but due to the franchise’s popularity, it managed to gather quite the strong and vocal community.
Developer Illfonic recently revealed they are working on a new team-based multiplayer shooter, titled Dead Alliance. This raised concerns amongst Friday the 13th: The Game’s community, as they thought the studio is cutting off support early and won’t continue releasing updates. However, IllFonic CEO Chuck Brungardt addressed the issue through an official statement on Reddit, reassuring fans that the studio will continue supporting the title and that the rumours is “100% not true.”
I wanted to address the concerns that IllFonic has abandoned Friday the 13th: The Game for Dead Alliance. This is 100% not true. Most major and independent studios have multiple teams working on multiple projects at the same time. This is critical for the survival of the studio, especially with the ups and downs with the game industry. Dead Alliance was started way before Friday the 13th: The Game. It was a co-development by Psyop Games and IllFonic then titled Moving Hazard. Psyop Games released Moving Hazard to Steam Early Access well over a year ago and it gained interest from Maximum Games for a console port. We’ve had a team who remained working on what turned into Dead Alliance for consoles that has always been separate from the Friday the 13th: The Game team. IllFonic still remains a small studio to this day but we are growing.
With the recent success of Friday the 13th: The Game we have been increasing our staff on the title. We originally had about 20 internal team members working on Friday the 13th: The Game and are now up to about 30 internal team members. We also have opened a second office that sole purpose is to support development of Friday the 13th: The Game. In addition we are continuing to staff up more team members for continued support of the game. So we assure you, continued support for Friday the 13th: The Game has not been abandoned, in fact, it’s quite the opposite.
Definitely great news for those who enjoy playing Friday the 13th: The Game.