Upcoming Horror Games of 2019 and 2020

Check out this list of new and upcoming horror games to find out new ways to get your spook on! Some scary-looking and sounding stuff on the horizon. Even the indie titles look way better than ever before.

2019

Daymare: 1998

Platform: PC, Xbox One, PS4

Genre: Survival Horror, Third-person

Developer: Invader Studios

Publisher: Destructive Creations

Release Date: September 17, 2019

A third-person survival horror game that’s inspired by Resident Evil 2 (2019). You’re a member of a spec ops team named HADES, sent to a secret bio-weapon facility. Your mission is to retrieve a deadly chemical that kills anyone instantly. And since nobody cares to follow safety protocols, everyone in there is already dead. But obviously, no one told you the dead come back as zombies. Lots of exploration, shooting, item management, and puzzle solving with some bits of lore sprinkled in paper form. You know, all the stuff we love in survival horror games.

The Beast Inside

Platform: PC

Genre: Horror, Adventure, First-person

Developer: Illusion Ray Studio

Publisher: Movie Games S.A., PlayWay S.A.

Release Date: October 17, 2019

A first-person adventure horror game set during the 1970s. You play as Adam, a cryptanalyst who uncovers a century-old murder mystery after moving to a new house with his girlfriend. While the premise is somewhat generic, the storytelling and gameplay is quite enjoyable. You have the typical exploration aspect through dark rooms and corridors, the occasional jumpscare, sudden flashbacks, scattered lore notes, and some minimal resource management. But the best part is the really well-done puzzles, which is something you hardly see in these first-person horror games. Not to mention, almost every aspect of “The Beast Inside” (voice acting aside) is polished, immersive, and relevant to the overarching story. Out of all horror games in recent memory, this one has potential to be among the best.

Moons of Madness

Platform: PC, Xbox One, PS4

Genre: Horror, Adventure, First-person

Developer: Rock Pocket Games​

Publisher: Funcom

Release Date: October 31, 2019

A first-person horror game with that draws heavy inspiration from Lovecraftian horror. That means reality-bending tentacle aliens that will force you into an existential crisis. And an overall sense of helplessness through and through. As if being stranded on Mars wasn’t depressing enough. The gameplay consists of exploration, investigation, and puzzle solving to uncover what’s really going on in this Martian colony.

Chernobylite

Platform: PC, Xbox One, PS4

Genre: Horror, First-person shooter

Developer: The Farm 51

Publisher: The Farm 51

Release Date: October 16, 2019

A first-person shooter horror game set in Chernobyl. And it feels like a spiritual successor to the S.T.A.L.K.E.R series. But in this alternate reality, the Chernobyl reactor meltdown created a new mineral called “Chernobylite,” jumpstarting scientific advancement and allowing for things like teleportation and dimensional travel. Then you have the protagonist with past trauma, hallucinations, and a gravelly voice. Throw in the bizarre mutants and Metal Gear-esque super soldiers. And all together you have a sci-fi horror acid trip like no other. But even though the game shows promise, the voiceover is getting lampooned online, especially in the Russian community.

Those Who Remain

Platform: PC, Xbox One, PS4, Switch

Genre: Horror, Adventure, First-person

Developer: Camel 101​

Publisher: Wired Productions

Release Date: TBA 2019

A first-person horror game with a Lovecraftian twist on our primordial fear of darkness. And as such, you play as a protagonist who’s trying to survive in a landscape of nightly lamp terrors, bad childhood memories, and a warped reality covered in 50 shades of darkness. Currently, the gameplay seems to consist of running, feeling helpless, and watching flashbacks. But if that’s your cup of tea, you might just enjoy this contemporary version of Amnesia: The Dark Descent.

Someday You’ll Return

Platform: PC, Xbox One, PS4

Genre: Horror, Adventure, First-person

Developer: CBE Software

Publisher: CBE Software

Release Date: TBA 2019

A first-person horror adventure game set in modern times. You play as Daniel, a father who’s looking for his missing daughter Stella. From what we know so far, this game is a mashup of Silent Hill, Resident Evil 7, and Outlast 2. So we can not only expect themes of religion, family, parallel dimensions, the supernatural, and bad parenting. But also intricate storytelling, puzzle-solving, and dare I say, combat. Fingers crossed for that last one. 

Atomic Heart

Platform: PC, Xbox One, PS4

Genre: First-person shooter, Adventure

Developer: Mundfish

Publisher: Mundfish

Release Date: TBA 2019

A first-person shooter that was dubbed the “Slavic Bioshock” online. And while it’s not horror per se, certain aspects of the game look horrifying. In its alternate reality, the Soviet Union didn’t collapse, but instead made leaps in technological advancements, creating robots and gravitational machinery. But as dystopian tropes dictate, the robots turned on their creators. So now you, a KGB agent keen on smoking and emptying cans of condensed milk, are sent to investigate what happened. And that’s where the resemblance with Bioshock ends. While Bioshock focused on aesthetics and a refined look, Atomic Hearts instead steers into the realms of the eerily unsettling, much like H.R. Giger did in his art. Seemingly normal things combined with bizarre technologies push you at the bottom of the uncanny valley. And that’s where you start noticing all the disfigured robots and creatures that shouldn’t be allowed to exist. Here’s to hoping the great design choice will have an equally impressive gameplay to match.

Maid of Sker

Platform: PC, Xbox One, PS4, Switch

Genre: Horror, Adventure, First-person

Developer: Wales Interactive

Publisher: Wales Interactive

Release Date: TBA 2019

A first-person horror adventure game based on an old Welsh folktale and book of the same name. It’s the year 1898 and you play as a young musician Thomas, who goes to a haunted mansion to save the woman he loves. The mountain of horror tropes aside, the game so far looks like a great bone-chilling ghost story. And while the exploration, stealth, and helplessness-based gameplay is not something everyone enjoys, the developers could potentially create a game that’s worth playing multiple times to see all of its endings.

Lunacy: Saint Rhodes

Platform: PC

Genre: Horror, Adventure, First-person

Developer: Lazarus Studio

Publisher: Iceberg Interactive

Release Date: TBA 2019

A first-person horror adventure game. You play as yet another insane individual who sets out to explore his long-abandoned family home to uncover its dark history. As per horror tradition, your character wields a flashlight that’s powered by wrist watch batteries. That’s why the game is also dark, literally. So expect to see very little or nothing at all. Not even the ghosts trying to scare you. But therein lies the trick. The game has really great ambiance and overall sound-design. It’s the sounds that will unsettle you, creep into your mind, and eventually get to you. And this probably means there will a million sound-based jumpscares for some easy thrills.

2020

Dying Light 2

Platform: PC, Xbox One, PS4

Genre: Action RPG, Survival Horror

Developer: Techland

Publisher: Techland Publishing

Release Date: Spring 2020

A first-person adventure game with horror and parkour elements. The world has ended once more with a zombie virus outbreak. But this time, you get to play as a parkour enthusiast that somehow got infected. You can explore the massive ruined open-world, do missions to help the survivors, have intense encounters with zombies, and experience the most fluid parkour in gaming history, complete with a day and night cycle. This creates a weird dynamic where during the day, you get the drama of a fading life and doing flips over lethargic zombie rallies. But during the night, you get chased by the fastest, most aggressive, and PCP-boosted zombie horde you’ve ever witnessed. And it gets really scary, really fast. Oh and did I mention, the infection grants you inhuman powers.

Remothered: Broken Porcelain

Platform: PC, Xbox One, PS4, Switch

Genre: Survival Horror, Third-person

Developer: Stormind Games

Publisher: Darril Arts, Modus Games

Release Date: Summer 2020

A third-person survival horror game that draws inspiration from the Clock Tower series and Rule of Rose. The gameplay consists of exploration, puzzles, and fighting/escaping the game’s main villains, the stalkers – people and entities hellbent on killing you. While most of the plot details are speculation right now, expect a hefty dose of the bizarre, horrendous, and downright disgusting. And if that hooded figure in the mirror was any indication, supernatural elements will play a decent part in the story as well. Now imagine how freaky it would be if there’s an enemy that could appear from any reflective surface. In a normal household within the suburbs it wouldn’t be that scary. But in a remote mansion with four floors, dozens of rooms, seemingly endless hallways, ballrooms, and stairways decorated by the bourgeois…

Xenosis: Alien Infection

Platform: PC

Genre: Top-down, Survival Horror

Developer: NerdRage Studios

Publisher: NerdRage Studios

Release Date: Q3 2020

A top-down survival horror game set on a derelict spaceship. You’re a salvage hunter who seemingly hit the jackpot by finding an abandoned space cruiser. Blinded by the potential profits, you decide to ignore the piles of dead bodies, ridiculously damaged interior, and oppressive atmosphere, only to find yourself surrounded by aliens who want your entrails. In all seriousness, if they made a top-down Dead Space, added survival mechanics and more puzzles, you’d have Xenosis: Alien Infection. There’s gore, an eerie atmosphere, great sound design, and dozens of elaborate ways you can die.

Once Upon A Time In Roswell

Platform: PC

Genre: Horror, Adventure, First-person

Developer: Quarter Circle Games

Publisher: tinyBuild

Release Date: Q4 2020

A first-person horror adventure game set in 1947’s Roswell. If that name doesn’t ring a bell, Roswell is a town in the US where people often saw UFOs. So the game may or may not have aliens. From what we know so far, you’ll be playing as yet another unfortunate investigator that’s trying to find missing families. And as horror tropes would have it, otherworldly entities (read: aliens) don’t take well to nosy gumshoes with emotional baggage and past trauma. So expect mind-bending storytelling, unsettling imagery, a creepy atmosphere, and, dare I say, a means to defend yourself other than running or hiding.

Little Nightmares 2

Platform: PC, Xbox One, PS4, Switch

Genre: Puzzle-platformer, Survival Horror

Developer: Tarsier Studios

Publisher: Bandai Namco Entertainment

Release Date: Q4 2020

A side-scrolling puzzle platformer with survival horror elements. You play as Mono, a kid living in a bizarre world, where the powerful and influential eat the weak. The gameplay consists of navigating through creepy locations, solving simple puzzles, and avoiding grotesque pursuers. But the written descriptions really do no justice to the creativity and warped imagination that went into building this world. It’s unsettling, thrilling, and terrifying in its entirety. And if you haven’t played it already, try out the previous game to give you a taste of what’s to come.

Unholy

Platform: PC

Genre: Horror, Adventure, First-person

Developer: Duality Games

Publisher: Duality Games

Release Date: Q4 2020

A first-person horror adventure game set on a nightmarish world. You play as Saidah, a mother trying to save her abducted infant daughter. But to accomplish that, you’ll have to travel through a hellish city, filled with the depravity, horrors, and violence of a dying civilization. There’s a really powerful message behind the premise – mothers will descend into hell for the sake of their children. And that’s both literal and figurative in this game. Because the creatures you’ll encounter are not for the faint of heart.

Visage

Platform: PC, Xbox One, PS4

Genre: Horror, Adventure, First-person

Developer: SadSquare Studio

Publisher: SadSquare Studio

Release Date: TBA

A first-person horror adventure game set in a modern but ever-changing house. And you play as the unfortunate person stuck inside it. The gameplay consists of exploring, solving puzzles, and hiding in a corner while scared. This game can also be considered a spiritual successor to P.T., the unfinished horror title from Kojima. SadSquare Studio stepped up and filled the Konami-induced void. And the game looks, sounds, and plays amazing, incorporating things that made P.T. great. There’s the endless and warped house, the super-realistic environments, tricky puzzles, and paranormal entities trying to end you. And so far, it’s shaping up to be one of the scariest titles of 2020, if not the whole decade.

Scorn

Platform: PC

Genre: Survival Horror, First-person

Developer: Ebb Software

Publisher: Ebb Software

Release Date: TBA

A first-person survival horror game set in a twisted universe of biotechnology. The gameplay consists of exploring non-linear environments, solving puzzles, fighting enemies, and managing ammunition. And while this doesn’t sound all that new or interesting, Scorn is terrifying on a different level. Many horror games tend to throw gore and shock value at you (Agony I’m looking at you), but Scorn twists your entire reality with gore. Hallways of flesh and bone, suits of meat and tissue, and machines that are as alive as any human being. It all looks so unnatural, making you feel unsettled, anxious, and fearful on a subconscious level. Will the game be any good? Only time will tell. But it will be scary without a doubt. H.R. Giger would be proud.

Ghostwire Tokyo

Platform: PC, Xbox One, PS4

Genre: Survival Horror, Action-adventure

Developer: Tango Gameworks

Publisher: Bethesda Softworks

Release Date: TBA

A survival horror game set in Tokyo, where most of the population mysteriously vanishes. Supernatural creatures now roam the streets and only a handful of survivors are left to oppose them. Not much else is known about this game so far, but it’s being developed by the studio of Shinji Mikami, the man behind The Evil Within and the early Resident Evil games. So the game has the potential to be quite scary with a hefty dose of enjoyable action.

Asylum

Platform: PC

Genre: Horror, Adventure, First-person

Developer: Senscape

Publisher: Senscape

Release Date: TBA

A first-person adventure horror game inspired by H.P. Lovecraft and Hammer Films. You play as the unlucky individual that visits a derelict mental asylum, filled with psychopaths, ghosts, interdimensional portals, and god knows what else. And if the inspirations are anything to go by, it’s gonna be a deeply unsettling experience that won’t have a happy or motivational ending. But at the same time, it raises the question: how do these unfortunate people always end up in these decrepit holiday locations anyways?

WORLD OF HORROR

Platform: PC, PS4, Switch

Genre: Horror, Visual Novel, Role-playing

Developer: panstasz

Publisher: Ysbryd Games

Release Date: TBA

A roguelite role-playing horror game inspired by H.P. Lovecraft and Junji Ito. You play as the protagonist that’s trying to survive a series of world-ending events. But what makes it truly unique is the 1-bit visual style, reminiscent of a black and white graphic novel. So the game plays like a visual novel, which allows for different scare tactics and visual horror. There’s also turn-based combat, party management, and other RPG elements to make it more engaging. And as a whole, World of Horror should be a fresh way to scare yourself if you’re burnt out on modern horror trends.

PARANOID

Platform: PC

Genre: Survival Horror, First-person

Developer: Madmind Studio

Publisher: Madmind Studio

Release Date: TBA

A first-person survival horror game, seemingly drawing inspiration from Silent Hill 4: The Room. You play as Patrick, a recluse drug addict who receives a call from his missing sister dozens of years later. There’s enough gore, disfigured people, flashbacks, and supernatural elements to question reality and the protagonist’s sanity. And there’s also combat, so you’re not just a helpless onlooker in for the ride. But most importantly, PARANOID is shaping up to be something scary, unsettling, and enjoyable for horror fans.

This list is updated frequently, so check in for more horror games in the future!

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