Surprisingly, the final death of Jason Voorhees and the Friday the 13th franchise won't be by the hands of Tommy Jarvis or by the final girl instead legal issues withholding the license. Particularly a lawsuit involving the original 1980 film's screenwriter Victor Miller.
Since last year, Miller has said he wasn't employed when he wrote the movie and thus is looking to terminate a grant of rights and reclaim ownership of the property. The movie's producer/director Sean S. Cunningham says this isn't the case stating Miller did the script for the slasher classic as a "work for hire". So the two sides have been at odds in the courtroom over who has the rights to Friday the 13th. The lawsuit has killed any chances of a new movie being currently made, and now it has hit the video game released last year.
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.
FRIDAY THE 13TH and all related characters and elements are trademarks of and © New Line Productions, Inc. and Horror, Inc. (each to the extent of their interest).
So yeah. No Uber Jason. The Grendal level. New kills, clothing (pajamas, lingerie, and other nightwear were one of the rumored new clothing options) emotes, counselors, the objectives, the challenges, and music are out. At least, maybe until this lawsuit is settled.
All of this game was made with love for the franchise. Bugs and glitches be damned (and there are a plenty), this game was a love song to the franchise and filled the void with the lack of any other F13 media. It's a damn shame that Gun Media, Illfonic, and the fans are the real victims here of this nasty lawsuit.
So I just want to say to Gun Media and Illfonic. Thank you. Thank you so much for this game and being able to do what you did for it. If is the final chapter for this game. You guys blew it out of the water by making a truly remarkable game loyal to those movies. You gave this fan so many enjoyable days.