IllFonic Says ‘Friday the 13th: The Game’ Will Not Be Abandoned Despite Dead Alliance News
Friday the 13th developer, IllFonic, recently announced a brand new game called Dead Alliance and it is a features “frenzied multiplayer action”, which takes place in former military bases to fight back against zombie invasions. Currently in development, it may have caused some fans of the before mentioned horror game to worry. There were players that feared the game would be abandoned because much of the manpower in developing a game may be redirected. However, IllFonic CEO Chuck Brungardt addressed the hearsay officially on Reddit to clear up any possible misunderstandings:
I wanted to address the concerns that IllFonic has abandoned Friday the 13th: The Game for Dead Alliance. This is 100% not true. Most major and independent studios have multiple teams working on multiple projects at the same time. This is critical for the survival of the studio, especially with the ups and downs with the game industry. Dead Alliance was started way before Friday the 13th: The Game.
It was a co-development by Psyop Games and IllFonic then titled Moving Hazard. Psyop Games released Moving Hazard to Steam Early Access well over a year ago and it gained interest from Maximum Games for a console port. We’ve had a team who remained working on what turned into Dead Alliance for consoles that has always been separate from the Friday the 13th: The Game team. IllFonic still remains a small studio to this day but we are growing.”
Especially considering how recently the Friday the 13th developer released the game, it wouldn’t make financial sense to entirely refocus energy on a different project. In fact, if that were the case, it may very well ruin the image of studio and stakeholders involved. As Brungardt says, the studio is growing and they want to show that. Plus, they wanted to make apparent that it isn’t unusual for growing companies to take on multiple IPs.
In fact, a second office has been opened up for “the sole purpose” of supporting Friday the 13th. According to the game’s official Twitter, it was stated that “support for F13 has actually increased” because “development of Dead Alliance started prior”, which means “no resources were shifted” since the announcement.
With the recent success of Friday the 13th: The Game we have been increasing our staff on the title. We originally had about 20 internal team members working on Friday the 13th: The Game and are now up to about 30 internal team members. We also have opened a second office that sole purpose is to support development of Friday the 13th: The Game. In addition we are continuing to staff up more team members for continued support of the game. So we assure you, continued support for Friday the 13th: The Game has not been abandoned, in fact, it’s quite the opposite.”
What do you think of Brungardt’s message to players? Does situation with the Friday the 13th developer make a bit more sense now, or do you feel like things have changed despite it all? Feel free to let us know in the comments section below or start your own conversation on Don’t Feed the Gamers official Facebook page. To stay up to date on gaming news as they happen, follow us on Twitter! Here are some of our latest:
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