Get Your First Look at Friday the 13th: The Game's New Engine

News of the update's delay comes with the silver lining of a first-look comparison video.

By L.B. Lubomski

In the most recent news update for Friday the 13th: The Game, Gun Media released a video showcasing the long-awaited Unreal game engine update, which can viewed above. The video compares the current engine to the upgraded one on all three platforms. The dynamic lighting and overall smoother performance are immediately visible. The bad news is that the update will not be ready in April as previously announced.

Gun Media explained that the "update is shaping up nicely, but there are still a few issues that we need to iron out to ensure the best gameplay experience for our players, and we still need to pass the patch through console certification." The post continued, "Our goal is to make sure the work is done right, and that meant we needed some extra time with it." You can read the update in its entirety below:

Hello Friday the 13th: The Game players and fans,
As many of you are aware, we have been targeting an April release for the next major update to Friday the 13th: The Game since our announcement that the game would be moving to an updated version of the Unreal game engine. We have known that hitting a date in April was ambitious, and a best case scenario, but we believe that people should strive for their best.
Today we have been forced to accept that the update will not be able to be released in April. The update is shaping up nicely, but there are still a few issues that we need to iron out to ensure the best gameplay experience for our players, and we still need to pass the patch through console certification. Our goal is to make sure the work is done right, and that meant we needed some extra time with it.

Why didn’t you release on Friday the 13th of April?
This update has been a massive endeavor. The game engine upgrade alone means that the team at IllFonic has had to go over every system in the game and check, tweak, or recreate it. They have been doing amazing work at an intense pace throughout the update process. We are incredibly proud of their progress and everyone at Illfonic and Gun are anxious to get the update out and into the hands of our players. However, setting a hard release date, with the amount of features and upgrades included, would have only served to undermine IllFonic’s work for the sake of hitting a specific day. The game, and our players, would have suffered from it.
When is the update coming?
We are in the later stages of finalizing, but we are not yet at a place in the process where we can state a specific date with certainty. All of our major reworks and new features - updated game engine, Single Player Challenges, Victoria, Bot AI Improvements, Weapon Switching, Legendary Perks, etc. - are in place in our development builds. However, we are at least weeks away from release, and if major issues are found we will work to solve them before release. What we do know is that there is no longer a possibility of hitting a release date in April, and we felt that we should let Friday the 13th: The Game players know.
Why is it taking so long?
This is, by far, the largest technical update to release for Friday the 13th: The Game. In addition to the implementation of our new and reworked major features, everything in the game needed to be checked over due to the engine revision change. That said, we realize that our players are used to an update every month or two, and we understand the disappointment of the update not being released in April.

What is “done”?
Every piece of “Thursday News” that we have released since February 9th, 2018 is finalized in the update. The engine upgrade is complete (there’s a comparison video lower in this post), Single Player Challengers are finished, as are Weapon Swapping, Keybinding, the altered Jason Grab, Legendary Perks, AI Improvements, the Salt Mines, Part 7 Jason rework, and Victoria Sterling. All of these features are in our development builds and are working well. Right now, we’re buttoning up the build.

Are you going to “surprise drop” this update?
No, the next update is a massive milestone for us and we will not be silent about its release date. We will be releasing communications about the update’s release before it comes out, and we will communicate the date as soon as it is certain.

In summary, from this post we know that when the engine update is released, it will be a massive overhaul to the game that also includes single player challenges, weapon swaps, legendary perks, the Victoria Sterling counselor, updates to Jason's grab, Part VII Jason's stats, and the introduction of the Salt Mines for toxic players. When the developers are more certain of the release date, it will be announced in advance.

From the sound of things, they are getting very close to being done and just need a little extra time to polish the final product. At the very least, props to Gun Media for keeping gamers in the loop and not waiting until right around May 1st to tell everyone about the delay.

Are you disappointed that the update won't be coming out this month? Are you willing to wait a little longer or has the game's appeal been waning for you in the face of continued glitches and a lack of new content? Where is Uber Jason and the Grendel map? I'm personally holding out a little longer since Friday the 13th: The Game has such high potential. Some of us here at Dead Entertainment still enjoy the game and continue to play it regularly, so we'd like to see it succeed and flourish for years to come.

Drop your own thoughts in the comments below.

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.

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