Legal tussle may end Friday the 13th: The Game

Legal tussle may end Friday the 13th: The Game

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Games discussed: is reporting that legal issues plaguing the entire Friday the 13th franchise may bring an end to development on Friday the 13th: The Game. According to one of the original script writers, Victor Miller, he was not employed at the time of the creation of the screenplay. As a result, he is seeking "to terminate a grant of rights and reclaim ownership of the property".

Up to now, Illfonic has remained out of the lawsuit, but that has changed according to a press announcement from Gun Media:

Friday the 13th: The Game has established a loyal and excited fan base over the last year. As publisher/developer, Gun and Illfonic have made every effort to provide our fans with an authentic and great gaming experience.
As many in our community may be aware, a legal claim has been made which could affect all future Friday the 13th intellectual property. Although in the past the game has not been subject to any such claim, new content and material going forward will be affected. An initial decision in this case was expected in October 2017, but no decision has yet been issued. The court review of the legal rights is in process, but final resolution may take some time. Until the claim rights can be dismissed or resolved, no new content can be released.
When we originally learned that the game fell within the crosshairs of this legal dispute, we tried to balance the creation of new content requested by our fans against the maintenance and bug fixing that our community expects and deserves. We attempted to do both within the limits of the legal case.
We’ve now been forced to accept that the lawsuit makes future content for the game, including alternate play modes, new playable Jasons and Counselors, and new maps, unfeasible now or in the future. Although the listed content types will be affected, we remain committed to launching dedicated servers on our console platforms and providing the continued maintenance and bug fixing important to supporting our fan base.
So what does this mean exactly? There will be no additional content added to Friday the 13th: The Game. This includes “Uber Jason”, The Grendel Map, Jason Kill Packs, Clothing, Emotes and new Counselors.

Until the lawsuit or legal tussling is complete, the future of Friday the 13th: The Game remains in limbo. We'll be keeping eyes on this one as it develops.

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