Friday the 13th adding offline mode with bots and raising the level cap

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Friday the 13th's (opens in new tab) asymmetrical multiplayer horror was made to play with friends, or at least with strangers that have mics and are willing to work together. But developer IllFonic is betting that players will want to muck around solo sometimes, and are adding a new offline game mode with bots tomorrow.

You'll only be able to control masked killer Jason Voorhees in the mode, and you can choose to go up against between one and seven camp counselors. You select exactly which counselors you want to face and the map you're stalking them on, as well as the difficulty level: easy, medium, or hard.

As the devs point out, it's a good chance for new players to learn the maps and practice Jason's hunting abilities. The AI will try its best to act like real humans, fixing boats, barricading doors and hiding under beds. 

The addition forms part of Illfonic's single player plans for the game. Still to come is a challenge mode that will plop players into various scenarios as Jason and ask them to murder everyone in sight. Like Hitman, but with more gore and the odd shower scene.

The mode is out tomorrow as part of an update that also raises the player level cap from 101 to 150. To give max level players a reason to come back, Illfonic has added some items you can unlock between those two lofty numbers, including new kills and skins for Jason and changes of clothes for the counselors.

The game will kick off a holiday event tomorrow too, but it's not all that festive: it will just increase your chances of finding rare gear and boost the rate at which you earn CP. For more on that, and the full notes for the update, click here (opens in new tab). Tyler's review is this way (opens in new tab).

Samuel Horti is a long-time freelance writer for PC Gamer based in the UK, who loves RPGs and making long lists of games he'll never have time to play. He's now a full-time reporter covering health at the Bureau of Investigative Journalism. When he does have time for games you may find him on the floor, struggling under the weight of his Steam backlog.