For now, the change will only apply to public matches.
Following complaints of “rampant team-killing,” Friday the 13th: The Game is eliminating weapon use against teammates in public matches.
In a preview for the next patch (via Reddit), Gun Media detailed the change, saying, “The shotgun, machete, and other assorted weapons will no longer have any effect on friendly players.” While team-killing was “designed to promote life-or-death experiences into each and every game you play,” it’s become “more of a Battle Royale scenario,” according to the publisher.
However, there are two exceptions to Friday the 13th’s new team-killing rules: vehicles and traps. You’ll still be able to kill fellow counselors while driving a car, and bear traps set by other counselors will still cause damage. Gun Media is also doing away with XP penalties for team kills via bear trap, warning players to “pay attention to placed traps.”
The pubsliher notes team-killing will still be possible in private matches, “with the hope of better options in the future.”
“Our team believes that the ability to hurt other counselors is something that this game should have as it adds tension and requires players to make tough calls,” said Gun Media. “However, we do not believe this should be a mechanic that is abused by players to the point where the vast majority of our current communications from fans are complaints of rampant/unwarranted team-killing/griefing/trolling.”
Friday the 13th has sold over 1.8 million copies as of August 3. A $40 USD physical edition for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One will be released on Friday the 13th in October.
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Source: IGN Video Games