The weekend’s here, folks, and it’s brought with it the hotly anticipated Friday the 13th: The Game, which arrived on Friday, ending Jason’s almost three decade-long hiatus from the world of video games. And aside from some ongoing server woes, the launch appears to have been a relatively smooth one. That’s good news for what is inarguably one of the year’s most eagerly awaited horror releases. And now it’ll be interesting to see how it performs compared to Behaviour Interactive’s similarly themed asymmetrical multiplayer slasher Dead by Daylight, which released on Steam almost one full year ago.
Dead by Daylight set a high bar when it recouped the entirety of its development costs in its first week on sale, and it had considerably less going for it than Friday the 13th: The Game. Jason might not be the first out of the gate — he’s always preferred going at his own pace — but I suspect it won’t struggle to make up that lost ground, thanks to the powers of brand recognition and launching on three platforms instead of one.
I imagine a lot of you will be spending the next few days ventilating camp counselors abdomens with Jason’s handy machete, as I know I will be. Perhaps you’ve already made plans to rid Talos-1 of an extraterrestrial menace, or maybe you’re eager to return to Minecraft so you can find out who will win Sheep Fight Club? I have $5 on Lady BaBa, but her heart doesn’t seem that into it and now I’m worried it’ll go to Bernice LaFleece. Ah well, we’ll see what happens.