After an overwhelming amount of support from horror flick fanatics, Friday the 13th: The Game has earned a spot in the Guinness World Records 2018 due to its profound crowdfunding success.
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With money pouring in through both Kickstarter and Backerkit, another popular crowdfunding outlet, Guinness World Records 2018 Gamer’s Edition lists Friday the 13th: The Game as the “Moss crowdfunded videogame based on a movie.” Raising several million dollars for the project, it definitely makes sense that such an iconic series would be able to accomplish such a feat.
Have you guys checked out the Guinness World Records 2018 Gamer's Edition? @weskeltner @Randygbk @Friday13thGame pic.twitter.com/x6weqGeBIH— Tino (@tinoivezaj) September 8, 2017
The tweet above acknowledged by the game’s team and was retweeted through their main Twitter account to share the accomplishment. Raising an insane $2,060,651 to bring the project to life, players certainly had quite a bit of faith in the slasher game that released earlier in the year.
With the record that the game now holds being pretty specific, it does bring to mind what other games might’ve even come close to competing with Friday the 13th: The Game. Not many other Kickstarter projects received near as much attention as the horror game, so the second-place or third-place contender likely don’t fall anywhere near the game.
After the devs started raising money through Kickstarter and Backerkit, several incentives were offered to encourage backers and reach the lofty amount that the game raised. An exclusive variation of Jason, Counselor clothing DLC, and other special content was all accessible for those who backed the games at various levels. Stretch goals for potential content were also set depending on how much money was raised, and though the game didn’t hit all of the milestones on the list, Gun Media and IllFonic have made it clear that they plan to continue supporting the game with future updates and content.
Of course, with the recent accomplishment made public, the inevitable remarks about bugs and performance issues made their way into the tweet’s replies. Players questioned why the game has its current issues after it raised so much money through crowdfunding, not including the sales of the game at $40 a pop, but the asymmetrical multiplayer game has definitely gone through quite a few improvements in recent months including a new focus on communication with players.
Friday the 13th: The Game has certainly shown the potential for crowdfunded projects with a big name attached to them, and at least until next year when the records are revisited, it entirely deserves the honor from Guinness World Records.