Friday The 13th: The Game Almost Had An “Among Us” Type Game Mode

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Within the past two years, games seem like they’ve been trending like the season’s latest hit TV show or fashion fad. There are still a good number of people who still play it, but Among Us is certainly in line with the lineup of most popular games within the past year. In fact, Friday the 13th: The Game was close to having their very own Among Us type game mode until a lawsuit blocked all development.

In 2018, Friday the 13th: The Game studio, Gun Media, was forced to cease development on any content related to Friday the 13th after a lawsuit was filed by the original scriptwriter of the titular film franchise the year before. That meant the developer could not release any content they were planning for the community “now or in the future,” and that included a game mode that was similar to Among Us they dubbed Paranoia.

Kinda similar to Among Us. Everyone spawns as counselors. No Jason.,” Gun Media CEO, Wes Keltner explained. “You have to find the Part 5 mask. Then you can become Jason. We discussed forcing the player to have to “hide” to change back and forth. Perhaps the armoire/closet thing. The player could be killed if in counselor mode. If killed they drop the mask on the ground for the next counselor to pick up and become Part 5. We were building new escapes for this game mode that required 2+ counselors to escape. Like holding open a gate, etc. It had moments of fun, but needed more work.”

In addition to a new game mode, Gun Media had planned two game packs: Slumber Party and Prom. As you might have guessed from the names, Slumber Party would have featured sleepwear attire for the counselors, and a real 1-800 number to call that “worked like an automated phone sex line.” With the Prom pack, the team wanted to transform Crystal Lake into prom night with formal attire, and a dance floor modeled after the one on the ship in Part 8.

Despite the bittersweet update on what could have been, Keltner had this to say on Friday the 13th: The Game:

I felt enough time has passed to share these things with you. I know they are bittersweet. Some will lament, some will think they are cool ideas, some will be angry. I understand that anger, I feel it too. But I wanted you all to know that we loved this franchise and this game. We had big ideas for it. Ideas that we thought ya’ll would think were fun, engaging, and rewarding. We wish it would have worked out differently.”

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