The creators of Friday the 13th: The Game have announced that the third-person horror, survival game will be making its way to the Nintendo Switch sometime this spring.
Publisher Gun Media told Variety that the game will make its Switch debut with the upcoming release of Friday the 13th: The Game Ultimate Slasher Switch Edition. A specific date has not yet been revealed.
The Switch edition will include all currently released content and DLC, such as the Jason Kill Pack, the two available Counselor Clothing Packs, and the Emote Party Pack. The Kickstarter rewards, including Savini Jason and the exclusive clothing pack, will not be available, which makes sense considering their inclusion would essentially negate the point of having been a backer on the initial campaign.
“We’re happy to be bringing Friday the 13th: The Game to the Nintendo Switch with the help of our partners at Black Tower and Nighthawk. The Nintendo Switch offers a unique experience, in both social settings and on the go, that we feel work very well with Friday the 13th: The Game,” Daniel Nixon, Gun Media’s Director of Communications, told Variety.
If you have played the game before, don’t expect to see any new content. Thanks to a legal battle with the franchise's original screenwriter, Victor Miller, trying to reclaim the rights to the original characters from the movies, Gun Media said that they will not be releasing any new content.
The decision to move a stagnant Friday the 13th: The Game to the Switch is an interesting one. There will likely be an audience who will play the game, but that audience will probably be limited to those players who simply love the franchise and want to play as Jason Voorhees. On the other hand, Dead By Daylight, which is basically the spiritual rival of Friday the 13th: The Game, is also planned for a Switch release this fall, offering players far more content than Friday the 13th: The Game, including multiple 80’s horror icons, such as Leatherface, Freddy Krueger, and Michael Myers.
At least on Steam, Dead By Daylight has far more players than Friday the 13th: The Game. So, although Friday the 13th: The Game will be available on the Switch sooner, we are betting on Dead By Daylight as the more successful game on the portable device.