Not only did Friday The 13th: The Game include various playable iterations of Jason Voorhees through the countless Friday sequels, but it also incorporated 1:1 recreations of the sets, well-known characters like Tommy Jarvis, and even iconic kill sequences like the infamous sleeping bag kill from Part VII. “When you get to introduce a killer like Jason Voorhees again, it’s a pretty big responsibility,” says Keltner. “So we focused on authenticity. That was pretty much our number one priority.” “We had a ton of people reach out to us that said, ‘I haven’t played a game since the first Xbox, but I need to go out and get a new system to play this,’” says Keltner. Friday The 13th: The Game plops players directly into the most recognizable locations in the Friday series, including Packanack Lodge and Higgins Haven. “Friday The 13th: The Game introduced an icon to a whole generation of people who, not that they’d forgotten , but weren’t really around during the peak of the series.” Respecting the IP when incorporating them into an entirely new medium was a sentiment heavily emphasized by both Côté and Keltner for their respective games. “We built a canvas, and our design team and creative team uses the gameplay mechanics as paints and brushes to recreate those works of art in a different format. It’s an homage and our way of paying respect to something that already exists,” Côté described when asked about including characters like Pinhead into Dead By Daylight. Keltner expressed similar thoughts about Friday The 13th: The Game, stating, “We approached with reverence to the IP. If we were given the chance, as this little studio, to take the metaphoric sports car around the block, then we better not scratch the paint—we better do this right.” In addition to keeping characters of the most iconic horror series fresh, video games can also simply reignite the fervor of why a character was so prevalent in the first place. “The game kept relevant, and not to sound cocky, but if they’d released a film instead of a game, it wouldn’t have been as impactful,” Keltner explained. The game certainly mobilized its expansive fanbase to become more aware of the legal issues surrounding Jason Voorhees currently (myself included).
Chances are, your favorite classic slasher will always have a seat at the table during any discussion related to horror. However, the volume of their voice will vary with every passing year, and every passing remake. But time and again, it’s proving that when a character like Pinhead or Jason gets with the times and onto a gaming platform, not only do they re-enter the conversation, they dominate it. With even more survival-horror games on the horizon based on these classic films, including Evil Dead: The Game in 2022, the possibilities for what form your favorite slasher takes next are boundless.
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