It’s always unusual when a horror game decides to launch outside of the mandated month of October to tie in with Halloween. That’s just what we’ve seen so far in 2018 with many of the year’s bigger horror hitters already out, which includes the likes of Vampyr, Agony, and The Inpatient to mixed results, to say the least.
However, with the spooky month fast approaching, we have even more of the biggest new horror games of 2018 to look forward to, so we decided to put them in a nice and easy list format for your reading pleasure. The criteria is simple: they must have a release date or look like coming out at some point before the end of the year. That means the likes of Visage and Allison Road, two mainstays on rundowns like these, are excluded.
Without further ado, here are the horror games in 2018 you still have to look forward to if you’re a misanthrope. Any we missed? Be sure to let us know.
1. Call of Cthulhu: The Official Video Game | October 30th 2018
Developer: Cyanide Publisher: Focus Home Interactive Platform(s): PC, PS4, XB1
Long in the making, Call of Cthulhu: The Official Video Game certainly looks like its already captured the Lovecraftian aesthetic. Billed as a mystery game, Call of Cthulhu will dabble with sanity mechanics as it will change how the protagonist, Pierce, views the world around him. Focus Home are specialists in publishing quality AA games, so expect good things from this one.
2. Scorn | October 2018
Developer: Ebb Software Publisher: Humble Platform(s): PC
The last remaining hope for body horror fetishists after the disaster that was Agony, Scorn’s first part, Dasein, lands towards the end of the year. Featuring weapons made of flesh and bone and a style that owes a debt of inspiration to the legendary HR Giger, Scorn’s brand of horror has captured the attention of many leading up to its release. It’s been in the works, so here’s hoping it comes out of the oven more baked than its crowdfunded brethren.
3. Moons of Madness | 2018
Developer: Rock Pocket Games Publisher: Rock Pocket Games Platform(s): PC, PS4, XB1
Moons of Madness looks very much like Narcosis — a game heavy on hallucinations — but on Mars. If you’re familiar with that underwater dive, you’ll likely enjoy Moons of Madness with it tasking you with solving puzzles and not being too spooked by goings on that may actually not be going on. Dealing in mental health and other themes, this may not be a scare a minute ride, but it certainly looks interesting all the same.
4. Overkill’s The Walking Dead | November 6th 2018
Developer: Overkill Publisher: Starbreeze/505 Games Platform(s): PC, PS4, XB1
AWOL for what felt like the longest time, Overkill’s The Walking Dead recently resurfaced with some lovely CG trailers before its gameplay was eventually revealed. While what was shown was (hopefully) a work in progress, the game’s rough edges may have turned people away. Hopefully with a bit of polish and just a bit more zest, this could be the spirital successor to Left 4 Dead we know desperately need.
5. World War Z | 2018
Developer: Saber Interactive Publisher: Paramount Digital Entertainment Platform(s): PC, PS4, XB1
Revealed to the tune of nobody caring, it could be argued that World War Z has actually become more anticipated than Overkill’s The Walking Dead. They’re both similar games favouring squad-based shooting, though at this point in time, it’s World War Z that’s looking the most ready for the limelight. I would buy DLC that would allow you to gratuitously drink Pepsi and tape magazines to your arms, that’s all I’m saying.
DayZ is probably the worst culprit of Early Access ennui having been stuck there for half a decade. Bohemia have promised to launch 1.0 sometime in 2018 with it also landing on Game Preview on Xbox One at the same time — its PS4 version isn’t expected until at least next year. Despite its glaring flaws, DayZ is still one of the best zombie games around thanks to the people you meet and the mad stories you make.
What is Transference, you cry, after having watched two different trailers for it and still having no idea? It’s a psychological thriller with environmental puzzles that can be played through in VR or “traditionally”, that’s what it is. Allowing you to switch between three different family members, expect Transference’s brand of tension to crawl into your consciousness like the thousand yard stare of Elijah Wood.