Friday the 13th: The Game screenshot of Jason lurking in the distance

[Update]: Friday the 13th: The Game's very final update has now removed Dedicated Servers.

If you're a fan of Friday the 13th's asymmetrical multiplayer and completely over-the-top kill animations, I'm afraid I bring some bad news. Due to the ongoing efforts for the original screenwriter Victor Miller to cancel his copyright transfer, all development on all Friday the 13th related media has now been ordered to cease, and this includes Friday the 13th: The Game as well.

"I wanted to address a few questions that I’ve had sent to me personally, as well as questions we’ve received through the official F13 channels," reads the short developer update. "These questions vary but all have a similar tone/request. 'Is there a chance of any content being added to the game if a ruling on the dispute occurs in the near future?' The answer is no."

"Development on games can’t just pause indefinitely and pick back up again; it doesn’t work that way. Especially when you have no idea when that future date will occur. We can’t keep building content that may never see the light of day. That’s bad business. I’ve also had questions about adding 'non-F13' related content to the game. 'Can’t you make a new level or a new counselor that has nothing to do with the films?' We can’t do that either. We can’t add any content, whatsoever. Nada. Not even a new tree or rock. We can only focus on console dedicated servers, bug fixes, and maintenance."

This is truly unfortunate news given that Friday the 13th still has some noticeable balance issues and a plethora of bugs, bugs that will now never be fixed. I can't blame the developers for this as their hands are well and truly tied, but I would recommend you avoid buying Friday the 13th unless it's on a rather hefty discount. There's just no reason to spend a lot of money on a game that's never going to be finished, after all.

You can learn a tiny bit more over at the official forums.