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All Articles: Last Year
Last Year is a 4v1 horror game that uses classic slasher tropes to pit a deranged Killer against four frightened teens. Originally announced in 2014, the game was quickly buried under legal troubles and the higher profile of Summer Camp/Friday the 13th: The Game (which was announced just a few days earlier). But developer Elastic Games has been quietly working on the project all this time, and they’ve just released a new trailer showcasing Predator Mode.
Like Jason Voorhees or Michael Meyers before him, the Killer in Last Year is able to sneak away from the action and reappear somewhere else in the blink of an eye. He’s able to do this thanks to Predator Mode, which allows the Killer to become invisible and move very fast throughout the environment. Then, when you least suspect it, he crashes through a skylight and decapitates a stereotypical teen. Ch Ch, Ch, Chhh! Ah, Ah, Ah, Ahhh!
Last Year is in development exclusively for the PC and will be released sometime in 2017.
Is there something in the water? Besides the rotting corpse of Jason Voorhees, that is.
Just a few days after Gun Media announced Summer Camp, James Matthew Wearing has announced Last Year, his own asymmetric multiplayer game set within the confines of a slasher film. Wearing has launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund the development of Last Year’s PC release, which he wants to launch in Fall 2016. He is currently developing Last Year by himself and hopes to use a successful Kickstarter campaign as a means of attracting a team willing to help him complete the game.
Like Summer Camp, players in Last Year will take control of five teenagers being hunted by a masked Killer. The teens have been sorted into familiar multiplayer classes such as Nick the Nerd (Technician) or Chad the Jock (Assault). They will have to work together with the other teens (Amber the Scout, Sam the Medic, and Troy and Support) to survive the night against the Killer in 5v1 contests at Silver Lake Camp or East Side High.
However, in Last Year the Killer will have a special ability known as Predator Mode. Evoking the teleportation abilities seemingly held by Jason or Michael Myers, the Killer will be able to become invisible while in Predator Mode and pop up in just the right spot for the perfect jump scare. Boo!
A little more than 44 days remain on the Last Year Kickstarter campaign and Wearing is seeking $50,000 CAD (about $43,000 US) to make his game a reality.