Some say Halloween is the best time of the year. You get to dress up, there’s candy and chocolate everywhere, strangers are just giving them away … oh, and all the big jump scares, blood and guts come out of the woodwork.

Hollywood definitely loves this time of the year, but in the gaming world, horror happens whenever a video game is ready to deliver. Hide and Shriek, a new 1v1 multiplayer game by Funcom (no strangers to the genre after releasing The Park a little while ago) aims to make the most of the scary season this October by providing a fun and somewhat scary experience. I say somewhat, since this isn’t your typical scare factory.

The point behind Hide and Shriek is to be the first to scare your opponent. Seems easy enough, but in the tradition of Screen Cheat (kinda), both players are completely invisible to one-another. It will take a bunch of traps, potions and being as sneaky as possible to reveal and then scare the other player. Points are rewarded based on your scare success rate, with the winner determined based on the most points after 10 minutes.

It sounds pretty cool, taking the jump scare horror trope and turning it into a multiplayer competition. Despite releasing near Halloween, it sounds like it could hang around well after that if enough players jump on board. Still, only 1v1? Hopefully more options will become available at a later date.

The teaser trailer doesn’t give away much, outside of the setting and character design, but it looks surprisingly colourful and should be fun for all ages (unlike some of the other horror based multiplayer games of late). Strangely enough, the corridor looks somewhat similar … if you’ve played the Outlast 2 demo, that is.

Got any plans for Halloween this year?

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