Friday the 13th: The Game Cancels Paranoia Mode For Now

The previously-announced free Paranoia mode is dead.

By L.B. Lubomski

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While most of our recent Friday the 13th: The Game posts have been chock-full of great news such as game patches, balance fixes, new playable characters, and maps, today we have something sad to report: the previously-announced Paranoia mode has been cancelled - at least for the forseeable future. In a recent Reddit post the game's Community Manager announced the death of the now-defunct game mode:


Little is known about the Paranoia mode besides what can be assumed from the preview trailer released last year. I always assumed that one player would be able to switch between a counselor skin and Part 5 Jason (Roy), trying to kill all of the other counselors through deception and trickery. This announcement is perhaps the reason that we got the Part 5 skin and map so suddenly, as they were likely a part of Paranoia before it was put on the backburner.

The silver lining to the cancellation, however, is that the full development team can move forward with other new content for Friday the 13th: The Game, including the heavily-requested addition of dedicated servers that was mentioned in the Reddit post. No longer will hosts be able to rage quit when killed by Jason and they should provide much better game stability while reducing crashes and disconnets. We also still have other announced content to look forward to, such as the Jason X and the Grendel map. What are your thoughts on the death of Paranoia? I know I am very dissapointed, as is my regular Friday play group. Let us know in the comments.

About the Author

L.B. Lubomski

Lawrence "L.B." Lubomski is an avid horror movie fan, gamer, musician, historian, and aspiring author. Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, L.B. was exposed to the works of local filmmaker and godfather of zombie cinema George A. Romero early on. He has since developed a particular fondness for Italian zombie/cannibal and slasher films. This passion for horror extends into other media, from survival horror video games such as Resident Evil to horror-inspired musical artists. In his spare time, L.B. pursues many interests including building his collection of vinyl records, action figures, and vintage video games as well as drumming in various local bands.