Five upcoming horror games for 2019 and 2020
There's never been a better time to be a horror fan. That holds true for movies, TV, and even video games. There's just so much recent content that's already out that's great, but there's even more to come. You already know what games you should be playing this Halloween — but what do we have to look forward to, hopefully in time for next year's Halloween?
Here are five upcoming horror games to watch.
We don't know much about GhostWire: Tokyo, the upcoming horror title from The Evil Within developer Tango Gameworks, other than what was shown in the short E3 teaser earlier this year. What we have seen, however, seems to point to a new type of J-horror experience. The teaser trailer showed a modern Japan setting, but the horrors that lie within it appear to range from ancient supernatural beings to Ringu-inspired spirits.
The game's tagline is “Don't fear the unknown. Attack it.” What does this cryptic message mean? Will GhostWire: Tokyo be a more action-oriented horror experience? Again, it's hard to tell given that we know next to nothing about the game. Even then, if the disappearing people and ancient ghosts from the trailer are any indication, we're likely in store for a psychologically-driven horror game.
World of Horror
One of the biggest surprises in the horror genre is coming from one-person developer Panstasz and features a not-so-subtle title. World of Horror is being called a "1-bit cosmic horror made in MS Paint." The game's pixelated, black-and-white visuals are certainly intriguing, and it appears that Panstasz wants to create something a little bit different from what horror fans are used to.
According to the developer, World of Horror won't rely on jump scares to create a horrific experience for players, but rather on dread and atmosphere — of course, the trailer does seem to point to the rare jump scare here and there. The game will feature multiple characters and branching paths, and it will focus on story and puzzles, as well as turn-based combat.
Inspired by Junji Ito and H.P. Lovecraft, World of Horror looks to be a cosmic horror roguelite RPG to watch out for.
Little Nightmares 2
Tarsier Studios is currently working on a sequel to its 2017 Limbo-like horror game, Little Nightmares. Like the original, Little Nightmares 2 will feature larger-than-life enemies, as well as massive, dark environments for protagonist Mono to travel through. The game is right in line with the original with its use of puzzle-platforming and dark imagery, but judging by the trailer, it somehow seems even more twisted.
The original Little Nightmares was a pleasant surprise, and it was quite terrifying for a side-scrolling puzzle-platformer. That was thanks in large part to its use of atmosphere and terror, which slowly built up and created a constant feeling of dread. Not to mention, the game was just a lot of fun to play. Here's hoping Little Nightmares 2 is able to both frighten and delight in much the same way as its predecessor.
Remothered: Broken Porcelain
Horror cinema has seen a drastic evolution in the past couple years with more cerebral, psychological, and methodical films like The Witch, Get Out, and The Perfection. It only makes sense for horror games to go in a similarly alternative direction. While 2018's Remothered: Tormented Fathers was far from perfect, it went in a notably different direction than a lot of other modern horror games, and for all its missteps, there was a lot to love about the game. That's why it's exciting to see Italian studio Stormind Games back at it with Remothered: Broken Porcelain.
Like the original, Remothered: Broken Porcelain will focus more on psychological horror, trapping you inside the dreary Ashmann Inn. Stormind Games promises to bring changes to both the gameplay mechanics and the storytelling in this sequel. Perhaps those changes will be what elevate the series from cult status to horror hit.
Italian Director Dario Argento is a true master of horror and has been at the helm of such cinematic classics including Suspiria (duh), Tenebrae, and The Stendahl Syndrome. Even when he's not directing, he's still managed to be involved in rad projects like the zombie-esque splatter flick, Demons. That's why the upcoming Dreadful Bond is so exciting. While we won't see Argento behind the computer doing any sort of coding or programming, he is lending his influence to the project as Creative Supvervisor.
Dreadful Bond, a first-person psychological horror experience, is inspired by the Italian giallo sub-genre, which focuses equally on the mystery element as it does on actual terror. “Dreadful Bond is a project that's very close to my themes, to my films, to my dreams,” said Argento of the upcoming title. The game takes place within the confines of Wharton Manor, a massive mansion that has been seemingly forgotten by all that is holy.
Sadly, the Kickstarter campaign for Dreadful Bond didn't reach its goal. That said, Clod Studio is devoted to releasing the game and promises to continue development of the project. If you want a glimpse at the world of Dreadful Bond and the mind of Dario Argento, be sure to check out the short film, For Bridget, which was produced by Argento and is tied to the game itself.