Fans of the multiplayer horror title Friday the 13th: The Game seem to have become upset over developer Illfonic’s announcement to begin work on a new title, Dead Alliance.
Addressing a report made by Eurogamer, which simply said that fans were “furious” over the indie studio developing a new game, but only sourced two comments from forum users, Illfonic was forced to release a statement on Twitter to clarify that this is not the case. The developer posted, “100% untrue; support for [Friday the 13th: The Game] has actually increased. Development of Dead Alliance started prior to [Friday the 13th: The Game]. No resources shifted/affected.”
Furthermore, IllFonic CEO Chuck Brungardt went to the game’s Reddit page to release a more detailed statement, saying:
I wanted to address the concerns that IllFonic has abandoned Friday the 13th: The Game for Dead Alliance. 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. Dead Alliance was started way before Friday the 13th: The Game. It was a co-development by Psyop Games and IllFonic then titled Moving Hazard. Psyop Games released Moving Hazard to Steam Early Access well over a year ago and it gained interest from Maximum Games for a console port. We’ve had a team who remained working on what turned into Dead Alliance for consoles that has always been separate from the Friday the 13th: The Game team. IllFonic still remains a small studio to this day but we are growing.
With the recent success of Friday the 13th: The Game we have been increasing our staff on the title. 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 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
Dead Alliance was announced last May as a FPS zombie shooter, which adds the option to play as the zombies. The game is scheduled to release in August 29 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.
DualShockers recently previewed an early build of Dead Alliance during E3 and, although we found the graphics dull, we found a fun and entertaining FPS could emerge from the game.