Every gamer loves a good scare and there are many games coming soon to achieve that. The next couple of years should bring some instant horror classics, including a new Resident Evil game and the eagerly awaited follow-up to The Last of Us, but there are some surprises in store. Here is our Top 10 Best Upcoming Horror Games of 2019 and 2020.
Resident Evil 3 Remake / Resident Evil 8
It’s a long shot, but I’m hoping that Capcom continues its stride by releasing another Resident Evil game before the end of 2020. The huge success of Resident Evil 2 Remake made many fans excited for the prospect of another remake, this time for Resident Evil 3: Nemesis, something that Capcom has already hinted at. A usually reliable insider even mentions “unofficially annual releases”, a rumored early 2020 launch and that the RE3 remake isn’t being developed by Capcom, but by an external studio.
On the other hand, rumors point to Resident Evil 8 being in development for the next generation of consoles. Since I don’t see Capcom releasing two huge RE games in 2020, I’d say that Resident Evil 8 will be available during 2021. If the quality remains sky-high for both titles, I don’t mind the wait.
TBA – Coming to PC, PS4 and Xbox One
I have mixed feelings about Tango Gameworks’ recently announced GhostWire: Tokyo. I’m always up for another game from mastermind Shinji Mikami, but since that means Evil Within 3 will inevitably be delayed, I can’t help but feel distraught.
But let’s look at the bright side, since GhostWire: Tokyo is an intriguing action adventure that isn’t exactly labeled as survival horror. However, it will be spooky and feature grotesque creatures capable of sending chills down your spine. Set in Tokyo where a mass disappearance is taking place, you play as a mysterious character with spectral abilities, coming face to face with the occult and meeting urban legends, eventually kicking their butts into oblivion.
The announcement trailer doesn’t show any gameplay but watch it for a memorable trip to uncanny valley.
Coming to PC and Xbox One on August 30, 2019
Blair Witch was a hit movie that I personally think wasn’t worth of all the hype. A brilliant marketing campaign deceived naïve moviegoers into thinking that they were watching real tragic events and word of mouth made the rest – a success for the ages built on shaky found footage and sheer human ignorance.
But at least the atmosphere was chilling, right? The upcoming Blair Witch game is in development by Bloober Team, the experienced studio responsible for the Layers of Fear horror games. This is a first-person, story-driven psychological horror game about fear, sanity and your dog Bullet. You step into the shoes of Ellis, a former police officer investigating the disappearance of a boy in the Black Hills Forest. The game seems incredibly spooky and it scores an extra point in my book for having the protagonist dress up like James Sunderland from Silent Hill 2.
TBA – Coming to PC, PS4 and Xbox One
Elden Ring is one of the most anticipated games of… all-time, dare I say? With FromSoftware’s expertise and George R.R. Martin’s knack for engrossing fantasy storytelling, this is one game that will be better than all Dark Souls, Bloodborne and Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice games combined. Maybe I should lower my expectations, right?
While Elden Ring shouldn’t be your typical horror game, it will undeniably feature some creepy imagery in a sprawling open world. The trailer isn’t shy about showing a hand inside a disembodied arm and the entire thing feels super eerie. The big question that remains is if Elden Ring will lean towards a gloomy Dark Souls atmosphere or instead rely on western fantasy a la The Lord of the Rings with a pinch of horror imagery thrown in for good measure.
The Last of Us Part 2
TBA – Coming to PS4
The Last of Us isn’t exactly the game that you go for when searching for a jump of your seat experience. Nonetheless, Naughty Dog’s classic has an ominous mood and infected creatures that make the survival horror label feel adequate.
The sequel should follow suit, with a gloomier attitude that is probably tied to Joel’s disappearance and a manic 19-year-old Ellie. The Last of Us Part 2 isn’t shy about the extremely graphic nature of its violence, but at its core it should mimic the original’s deliberate and successful pace, with moments of quiet tension followed by frantic action-packed setpieces.
Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2
Coming to PC, PS4 and Xbox One in March 2020
A long overdue sequel to one of the best RPGs ever made – and one of the buggiest as well –, Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 is already getting fans excited for its mature themes and bloodthirsty cast. It’s a game about exceling at your supernatural powers and choosing your allies wisely.
Suitably, Bloodlines 2 will take place exclusively at nighttime, since the developers didn’t find a way to make a day/night cycle fun to play. Developer Hardsuit Labs’s only game is the able multiplayer shooter Blacklight: Retribution, so it definitely is carrying some weight on its shoulders with Bloodlines 2. Hopefully it will turn out to be an immersive sim with plenty of bite.
The Dark Pictures Anthology: Man of Medan
Coming to PC, PS4 and Xbox One on August 30, 2019
As far as teen slasher games go, Until Dawn is a masterpiece. It’s highly unlikely that it will ever get a real sequel, but we may be getting a better deal in the end after all. Supermassive Games isn’t giving up on horror and is creating an anthology series called The Dark Pictures.
The first chapter is called Man of Medan and is set in a ghost ship, where five playable characters are trapped. You control them in a third-person perspective and your choices will decide who lives and who dies. Just as it happens with Until Dawn, a few Hollywood stars are providing motion capture and voice work, with Shawn Ashmore from Quantum Break being the leading name.
Coming to PC, PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch on November 22, 2019
Doom Eternal takes all the grotesque creatures from hell and beyond, and somehow makes you feel sorry for them. It’s more action than horror, more gross than scary – no amount of deformed fiends is capable of scaring the Doom Slayer. You, for that matter.
Doom Eternal isn’t a game about jump scares or chills down your spine; however, with viscera and bodies piling up everywhere, there is an undeniable “yuck” factor to it. These are probably the best entrails that you’re going to see in a video game for a while, but make sure that you can stomach it.
Moons of Madness
Coming to PC, PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch on October 31, 2019
Creating a horror games list without mentioning Lovecraft at least once is like making an omelet without eggs. Thankfully, Funcom’s first-person story-driven horror adventure Moons of Madness is here to fill that gap.
Drawing inspiration from the lore seen in Secret World Legends, Moons of Madness is a game about exploring a Mars research outpost and the origins of a mysterious signal. Soon you’ll be experiencing hallucinations and dreaded visions that will make you question what’s real and what’s not. Moons of Madness seems capable of conveying that claustrophobic feeling seen in games such as Dead Space and Soma, but with a bigger focus on exploration and puzzles.
TBA – Coming to PC
Madmind Studio’s Agony was quite the controversial horror game, with disgustingly over-the-top elements making it a game not for the squeamish. Sadly, gameplay didn’t follow suit and this sickening depiction of hell’s greatest achievement was boring you to death.
Lessons learned, maybe? Paranoid will be the trial of fire for this studio. In this horror game you play as Patrick Calman, a man who lost his parents and his sister mysteriously disappeared, destroying his psyche and turning him into a recluse in his own apartment. Silent Hill 4: The Room anyone?
Paranoid sounds like the perfect game to play late at night in the dark. Haunted houses never go out of fashion and the mere thought of moving around somewhere remotely close to the ill-fated P.T. a.k.a. Silent Hills is enough to get me excited and frightened in equal measure.