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Nov. 3 was a disappointing day for me and it had nothing to do with the election.

On the morning of Nov. 3, Gun Media announced that “Friday the 13th: The Game” was going to receive its final patch later this month, and with it the game’s dedicated servers would be shut off.

“We fought to keep dedicated servers for as long as possible, but I think we all felt this day was coming. Doesn’t make it any easier, though,” tweeted Wes Kelter, the head of Gun Media.

While the game does have some fun single-player modes, “Friday the 13th: The Game” is primarily a multiplayer-focused game where one person plays as the killer from the horror movie franchise Jason Voorhees and up to seven other people play as camp counselors trying to survive. The game’s multiplayer still will be playable when the dedicated servers are shut off, but the quality of the game is really going to be hindered.

When the game launched in May 2017, it didn’t have dedicated servers. Instead it used a peer-to-peer hosting system where the first person to load into a game is selected as the host and everyone who joins that lobby is connected to the host. So if the host has slow internet, the match will run poorly for everyone in that lobby. If the host loses their internet connection or decides to quit the match if they are selected to play as Jason or after they’re killed by Jason, the match ends for everyone.

In fact, I’m more upset about the servers being shut down than I was in June 2018 when Gun Media announced it no longer would be able to bring new content to the game because of the still-ongoing legal dispute over the rights to the franchise.

Sure I was bummed we weren’t going to get Uber Jason from the terrible movie “Jason X” and other new characters and maps, but what was already in the game was more than good enough for me to want to continue playing it. But going back to the peer-to-peer hosting system is going to be extremely frustrating.

Once the change happens, my plan to play the game will be to continue to load into matches until I get selected as a host. That way I won’t have to worry about the host quitting if the game isn’t going the way they wanted.

Gun Media hasn’t said when this final patch, which they do say will fix several of the game’s ongoing bugs, will be released beyond sometime this month. Until that drops, I’m going to enjoy these dedicated servers as much as I can because I don’t know how much I’ll be playing my favorite game of this console generation after they go off.
Dusty Ricketts is the editor of The Destin Log and The Walton Sun newspapers and can be reached ata dricketts@thedestinlog.com.