Gun Media announced on f13game.com, there will be no future content for the video game version of Friday The 13th. According to the announcement, “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.”
This announcement comes as a shock to the Friday The 13th community, since it was originally announced that the lawsuit would not affect the video game. The lawsuit began in August 2016, where screenplay writer Victor Miller cited copyright law against Horror, Inc. Horror, Inc. insists that Miller was hired on as “work for hire” even though they are unable to produce a service agreement to verify. According to Horror, Inc’s lawyer, Robert Wyman, “We can absolutely confirm that the Victor Miller claim does not impact the current game being distributed by Gun Media now or in the future. Even if he won his action, Mr. Miller would not own the Jason character as he has come to be known and loved and feared. He did not create the title and so would not have the right to control its use.”
How did the video game published by Gun Media become entangled with the lawsuit?
The lawsuit targeted the intellectual rights of the series, which includes the video game published by Gun Media. Wyman stated in 2017, “The rights holders do not want to prematurely anticipate answers that only a judicial decision can make.” One year later, Gun Media stated “Until the claim rights can be dismissed or resolved, no new content can be released.”
Another game, Friday the 13th puzzle, tweeted that they too are affected by the lawsuit and its pending legal action. Even though the games are beyond the original 1979 release of Friday the 13th, Gun Media has decided that it was in their best interest to halt any new content development towards the video game.
It’s complicated, but yes, we are also affected by the legal issues around the F13 franchise.
— f13killerpuzzle (@f13killerpuzzle) June 12, 2018
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