Friday the 13th: The Game launched on Nintendo Switch in August of 2019 and delivered a decent port of the multiplayer slasher. It’s a bit janky on Switch, sure, but it shares that with other platforms too. Sometime after its initial launch, dedicated servers were added to all versions, but now, they’re getting turned off.
Publisher Gun Media’s lead community developer posted an update about the future of Friday the 13th, explaining an upcoming patch is set to fix a lot of the game’s bugs and glitches, but it will be the game’s final update. From that point onward, the game won’t receive any further updates and the online dedicated servers will be switched off. As a result, Friday the 13th will revert to a peer-to-peer server system, allowing the game to stay online without dedicated developer servers.
The patch is set to go live sometime this month, although a specific date hasn’t been outlined. While the game should still work in pretty much the same way as it currently does, the service is winding down. Alongside the final patch, the game’s forums will be locked and archived as Gun Media effectively abandons the project.
The winding down also applies to the game’s online and social media presence. Gun Media will only post urgent updates from now on, as the team takes a “more minimal approach.” None of this comes as much of a surprise to be perfectly honest. Friday the 13th: The Game went through a huge legal battle earlier in its life cycle, which led to a lack of DLC and updates.
Thankfully, the game’s increased XP, CP, and Tape Drop rates will now remain active indefinitely. These were increased when the pandemic hit, as a reward to online players.
It seems like this is the end of the development road for Friday the 13th. Have you given this online horror game a go on Switch?