Last Year, Get Your Year Book Signed Because You Won’t Survive

As a fan of the horror genre, I’ve loved slasher movies ever since I was a kid. I can still remember watching Tobe Hooper’s The Texas Chain Saw Massacre for the first time, it absolutely blew my mind. I don’t remember how or why I managed to watch it as young as I did, but it opened a door I wasn’t ever going to close…

When I happened upon the details for Last Year, I was instantly intrigued and dying to get more details. Who wouldn’t want to play an Evolve style 5v1 multiplayer, where you’re able to play the role of the killer or one of the high schoolers fighting for survival. This is definitely going to be one for any fan of slashers to keep on your radar, and I’m not the only one that thinks so… Last Year was more than fully backed during their Kickstarter campaign.

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concept art

In Last Year you’ll experience the nightmare together as you and 5 friends struggle to survive against one player that’s playing as the Killer. Explore familiar territory based on classic horror movie locations including Camp Silver Lake and East Side High. You’ll play the roles of 5 stereotypical high school characters while co-operating to complete objectives and survive.

When playing as the Killer you’ll utilize game-changing Predator mechanics to help you hunt down and eliminate your victims before they have a chance to escape. Players will sneak and slash their way through a suspenseful atmosphere that keeps them on the edge of their seat as they compete to be the top Killer or best Survivors.

Concept art
Concept art

Gameplay

What is the goal of the Killer?

The Killer wins when all 5 Survivors have been eliminated.

What is the goal of the Survivors? What do they do?

As a survivor your goal is to escape from the scene in the truck. To be able to drive the truck you’ll first need to complete a series of objectives, like searching for the keys and gas and fuelling it up. You can also win by killing the Killer but it is far more difficult and requires proper team work.

For survivors, completing objectives doesn’t have to be done in the same way every time or in a specific order. For example, the keys to the truck are located in the office cabin but the gas is in the maintenance shed on the other side of the camp. You’ll need to decide if the whole group should move together and protect each other, or split up and accomplish the tasks quicker but put yourself at greater risk of attack.

Choices…choices..choices..

If the Killer disables the camp generator then all the lights go out. Now, in that same situation, you need to find a flashlight first to help you find the keys and gas because everything is dark.

Only the Nerd can repair the generator so if you want the lights back on you have to make a choice. Do you split up and let the Nerd go fix the generator while the others search for gas and risk the nerd getting Killed by going alone? Or do you stick together and protect each other? If the Nerd gets killed then the lights will be out forever since nobody is left to fix it, so the only possible way to find your way around would be to use flashlights now. Do you send the Jock to protect him? What about the medic? If the Killer decides to target the medic and she dies then nobody is left to heal the group. You need to think carefully about when to split up and when to stick together. Protecting each other and hiding is essential.

Overview:

  • Genre: Asymmetrical Multiplayer Survival Horror
  • Player count: 5 vs 1
  • Platforms: PC
  • Rating: M 17+
  • Launch: Fall 2016
  • Perspective: First Person
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