The Secret World developers Funcom have announced a new spin-off from their supernatural MMORPG, a 1v1 competitive jumpscare ’em up named Hide and Shriek [official site]. It sees two teens sneaking around school on Halloween, trying to find the other one and give them a dang good jumpscaring. Oh, and they’re both invisible. The Innsmouth Academy does have some odd traditions, and we’ll all get to join in this Halloween when the game arrives.
So there you two pranksters are, invisible, trying to track down each other by watching for doors opening and objects moving. As well as jump scares flashing big spooky faces (these are customisable, obvs), you can cast spells to do things like lay traps, blind your opponent, and summon a demon to go after them. Typical Halloween stuff.
Players will have ten minutes to try to out-spook each other and, y’know, perform dark and ancient rituals. Halloween, yeah?
Hide and Shriek is due around Halloween on Steam. No word on a price yet but presumably, as a small multiplayer novelty, it’ll be fairly cheap.
I’m intrigued by Funcom continuing with small Secret World spin-offs. Last Halloween they released The Park, a walk-o-horror set inside a theme park, which Adam kinda liked. Hide and Shriek is definitely quite different to that, though apparently it had a similar aim: giving one of their teams more practise with working on Unreal Engine.