Friday the 13th: The Game fans were up in arms this week, not only because it emerged developer was working on another game, but said game is due out this very week. Ordinarily, you’d think this was a non-issue, yet Friday the 13th is filled with more bugs than Candyman, and fans were worried the game would not receive the post-launch support it deserves so close to its late May launch.
Illfonic CEO Chuck Brungardt has broken from cover to face the issue head-on, saying “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.”
Brungardt goes to explain that its new title, Dead Alliance, has been in development since long before work on Friday the 13th even began. It’s a fast paced, co-op zombie shooter in which players must hold off hordes of zombies while strategically controlling bases. It sounds like COD: Zombies, basically, with customised load-outs and endless undead lining up be burst like rotten watermelons. Dead Alliance began life as a co-developed title with Psyop Games, with a team at Illfonic handling console port duties. They are an entirely separate studio with Illfonic that has never worked on Friday the 13th.
“With the recent success of Friday the 13th: The Game we have been increasing our staff on the title,” Brungardt goes on to say. “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 the 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.”
That seems a fair enough statement, and in truth, it always seemed a foolish move if Illfonic were to ever abandon Friday the 13th. By all accounts, it’s very rough around the edges, yet it’s proven a very popular game on Steam despite this. With a bit of care and attention, it’s easy to see it growing healthily with additional content and patches.
Illfonic’s other game, Dead Alliance, is out on August 29th for PC, PS4 and Xbox One, but a PC open beta is available to play through Steam from tomorrow.