We’ve been reporting quite frequently on Friday the 13th: The Game as the game that keeps on giving, with a number of new Jason skins, maps, Virtual Cabins to explore, and an ongoing commitment to content that keeps bringing fans to the survival horror game. Today we’ve learned that not only are the creators of the game intent on exploring the mythology of the classic horror films in their game but aren’t afraid to throw in nods to other horror classics as well.
It was recently confirmed that Jason’s in-game ability to shift around the map quickly is actually a visual homage to Sam Raimi’s iconic 1981 horror Evil Dead, which saw a similar camera style used when the evil Deadite force is moving through the forest. Fans of the game immediately noticed the similarity, which was recently confirmed as an homage by game developer Wes Keltner:
Homage to Evil Dead 100%. This was @Randygbk idea when we were in the design phase. There’s another nod to Evil Dead in the original Virtual Cabin as well. Did you see it?
— F13_Wes (@weskeltner) December 27, 2017
The question was asked by Womp Stomp Films, who recently released the F13 fan film Never Hike Alone. This revelation comes on the recent news that Jason Goes to Hell director Adam Marcus included his own Evil Dead homage which ties Jason even further into that universe by making him a Deadite. The game developers don’t actually confirm this theory, but the reveal of the homage in their designs for the game is rewarding to fans of both franchises.
As for the homage itself, you can check out both the original effect from Evil Dead and the homage effect in Friday the 13th: The Game below:
The confirmation of the Evil Dead homage further increases our desire to play as Jason against our closest friends in one of our favorite franchises. We’ll just have to keep his Deadite status in our headcanon for now, though.
As for the Evil Dead reference in the Virtual Cabin, let us know if you’ve found that one yet in the comments section below!
Images: GunMedia, New Line Cinema