Friday the 13th The Game is looking at some big changes soon, at least regarding the way other players interact with each other during Public Games. This is due to the rampant killing sprees or “Battle Royale scenario” as Gun Media put it, so they felt changes needed to be made.
Players, as camp counselors, would run around using various weapons just killing other counselors and not really playing the game as it should be played. So, in the next patch that is released, players will not be able to kill other players with the shotgun, machete, or other assortment of items found at the camp grounds. They will have no effect on friendly players.
Gun Media did state there would still be some remaining dangers; like the car, because it is a car and can still kill you if it runs you over. Counselor-placed bear-traps will still deal damage and any resulting trap deaths will not result in a XP Penalty. So pay attention for well placed traps!
The rampant killing of counselors has been an ongoing problem for some time, as players have expressed in forum posts of 80% of lobbies that were being griefed by players who would just kill other counselors. Gun Media changed the mechanic despite what its intended use was:
“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. 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. We will include this mechanic in private matches for now, with the hope of better options in the future.”
Gun Media’s Patch Notes
*Public Matches — Team Killing is No Longer Possible
*Public Matches — Cars Can Still Kill
*Public Matches — Traps Still Can Hurt/Kill — no XP penalty Loss to Trap Placer
*Private Matches — Team Killing Still Possible
*Can’t Have Nice Things.
Source: Gun Media/Reddit Post