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Sunday, March 22, 2015

Slasher Vol. 1: Summer Camp is coming!


I'm not sure if it's the fact that I've been an online gamer since the days of the MUD or if I've just been burnt way too many times (I'm looking at you Diablo III), but as of late I've been very skeptical about getting my hopes up for newly announced titles, especially in the horror genre. Despite the pleasantly surprising awesomeness of games like Alien: Isolation, the five nights at Freddy's games and the amazing Outlast (including the whistle blower DLC) the horror genre has grown kind of stale. Packed full of Zombie games where the zombies are about as frightening as a crackhead (I'm looking at you Day-Z), to other mediocre at best genre games. However 2015 is looking very promising for the horror genre. Why is that? Because it appears that finally, after years of hopeful horror fans waiting, complaining, and even turning to prayer.....the Slasher genre is finally getting the representation it rightfully deserves in not one, but multiple titles! Today I will be talking about the game that really stands out to me as the early favorite. With that said, I now present you with...

Slasher Vol. 1: Summer Camp

"Summer Camp is the first in a series that pays homage to 1980's splatter/slasher films, slated for Xbox One, PS4, and Steam." 

boasts the Official Site of the game. Summer Camp is set to be a third-person survival horror title where players can be either a teen counselor, or psychopathic killer. Summer Camp, the first game in the Slasher series will take place in a Camp Crystal Lake like setting, no doubt paying homage to the Friday the 13th series. While some may criticize them for copying, especially since the official "Friday the 13th" game has been announced. I see this as a logical place to start the series. You've got to remember, this is only game one. If the game takes off, as I feel it will then I have no doubt that we'll see many more in the series, taking place in many different, iconic locations. The game will support 6-8 players in an arena style map. Teamwork will be the #1 skill required as a survivor in this game. You don't want to be that one guy who goes ham and ends up all alone. One thing that I love about this title, is that the creator seems to be really in tune with the horror genre. A shining example of this is that the visuals in the game will reflect artifacts, and VHS quality imagery. This is an amazing features that really shows love to those 80's films we all remember renting at the video store.

"This is my love letter to the Friday the 13th film series." -Wes Keltner, Creator of Slasher Vol 1: Summer Camp.

I'm sure at this point I have the attention of all of the Slasher fans out there, and rightfully so. However, with the release of the Official "Friday the 13th" game planned for an October 2015 release, I'm sure your wondering why I feel this game can hold it's own against a game that will be put out by a big named company. I mean it's obvious the creator is very passionate about the genre, and his game. But to compete against a titan?

To answer that, let's examine the team working on Slasher Vol.1: Summer Camp.

The Team

First off we have the games creator & Designer Wes Keltner. Wes is the founder of Gun Media, as well as designer and creative director of the "Breach & Clear series", and assisted in directing the visual style of Speakeasy.

Second is the Co-Creator & Producer of Summer Camp Ronnie Hobbs. With 12 years industry experience Ronnie has Co-designed Breach & Clear, Breach & Clear: Deadline and was producer on Speakeasy. Hobbs also worked on Aliens: Colonial Marines at Times Gate Studios.

Next up is the horror legend Tom Savini who will be Executive Producer & Cinematography on Summer Camp. If you don't know Tom Savini, click on his name to view his website. Tom Savini is the king of special effects make-up in the horror genre. He has done the make-up in such films as Dawn of the Dead, Day of the Dead, Creepshow, and Friday the 13th (Parts 1 and IV) just to name a few. Savini has also appeared as an actor in many films such as Dawn of the Dead, From Dusk Till Dawn (my favorite), Planet Terror (Grindhouse), Zack and Miri Make a Porno, and both machete movies to name a few. In other words, Tom Savini knows what he's doing when it comes to horror projects.

On as Executive Director is Randy Greenback. Besides having an awesome last name, and a truly epic beard Randy also has 20 years experience in the gaming industry working for such companies as Red Storm/Ubisoft and Insomniac games. He has worked on the Rainbow Six franchise, Ghost Recon, America's Army, Ratchet & Clank (Yes!), and Command & Conquer to name a few. He is also the Executive Producer on Breach & Clear: Deadline.

The composer on Summer Camp is none other than Harry Manfredini, who also happened to be the film composer on 148 films, and was responsible for the original Friday the 13th score and soundtrack as well as 8 other in the series. Harry has composed the soundtrack for tons of films in the horror and slasher genres, and is an amazing choice to work on Summer Camp.

Finally..............last but not least we have the motion capture actor who will be doing the mo-cap work for this soon to be iconic killer......Kane Hodder! That's right horror fans, KANE HODDER. Who better for the job, than the BEST version of Jason that ever wore the mask? Kane is a legend not only in the horror genre, but as a stuntman. This guy has literally done it all from stunts and stunt coordinator on big budget action flicks, to his work as Jason and Victor Crowley. I am also a huge fan of his work in movies such as B.T.K., and Ed Gein where he played the title role in both. He has had an amazing 30 year career in the movie business, and will now be doing the mocap work for Summer Camp. On a side note, if you have not read Kane's book Unmasked: The True Story of the World's Most Prolific, Cinematic Killer you should. It's a great read! To sum up Kane Hodder's involvement in Summer Camp, I give you.......Kane Hodder's Summer Camp Announcement.

Ragetrip Conclusion

There is already a lot of hype for this genre, and which game will be better. There is one that is coming from KickStarter that I am extremely cautious about (Kickstarter games have bad luck, only a handful being good), and then you have the official Friday the 13th game. However from what I am seeing so far in my humble opinion Slasher Vol. 1: Summer Camp has a huge advantage over the competition. One thing I love about this games dev team isn't only their passion, but the connection they have with the fan base. For example, they are having a contest right now to find the best Slasher Kill, Winners will receive game invites, but more importantly one lucky winner will actually get to be in the game. Also, if you look at the official game site, you'll see that they are very passionate about the genre which goes a long way on making an innovating game. Top that off with a top notch mix of legitimate horror ICONS, and experienced professionals from the video game industry and you have a possible powerhouse on your hands. So take a look at the Official teaser trailer and salivate over what may very well be the best multi player survival horror experience we'll see for some time. There will be more Slasher Vol.1: Summer Camp related articles here as more information becomes available. Until then, See ya in game.

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