2019 was one of the best years for horror games in recent times, it providing big-hitters like the Resident Evil 2 remake and some indie gems such as Layers of Fear 2. Heck, even World War Z turned out to be pretty damn great, surprising everybody. Now, though, it’s time to look forward to some of the new horror games of 2020 and the fresh ways developers will make you brown your pants.
Although it’s early days as we typing this up, things are shaping up pretty nicely for horror games in 2020 indeed. From Early Access graduates to long in the making spooks, it’s shaping up to be a stellar year — and there’s plenty more to be announced.
Here are the biggest new horror games of 2020 for you to look forward to.
Horror Games 2020 Release Schedule
The Walking Dead: Saints and Sinners
World of Horror
Resident Evil 3 Remake
PC, PS4, XB1
The Last of Us: Part II
PC, PS4, XB1
System Shock Remake
PC, PS4, XB1
Remothered: Broken Porcelain
PC, PS4, XB1, NS
Little Nightmares 2
PC, PS4, XB1, NS
Once Upon A Time In Roswell
TBC (out now in Early Access)
TBC (out now in Early Access
The Walking Dead: Onslaught
Lunacy: Saint Rhodes
Maid of Sker
PC, PS4, XB1, NS
Rainbow Six Quarantine
PC, PS4, XB1, PS5, Xbox 4
Dying Light 2
PC, PS4, XB1
The Dark Pictures Anthology: Little Hope
PC, PS4, XB1
PC, PS4, XB1
Secret 1 & 2
Back 4 Blood
PC, PS4, XB1
PC, PS4, XB1
The Outlast Trials
Sons of the Forest
World of Horror | February 20th*
Developer: panstasz Publisher: Ysbryd Games Platforms: PC
Perhaps one of the most interesting looking horror games in recent memory, World of Horror is a lo-fi slice of Lovecraft in which the old gods are awakening. A roguelite experience with turn-based combat, you must make some tough choices across the game’s five playable characters while they uncover the mystery of what’s going on.
Developer panstasz promise there won’t be any jump scares, rather a disquieting trek through some lovely throwback visuals with the depth of a modern game. World Horror is one of the most intriguing 2020 horror games that doesn’t seem to want to do things the conventional way.
Leaks made this an almost 99.5% chance of being a reality with it being officially confirmed during Sony’s last State of Play of 2019. Coming hot off the heels of the remake of the second game, Resident Evil 3 takes us back to Raccoon City with a rather different looking Jill Valentine.
As well as featuring a HD Nemesis, the remake will also include the Resistance multiplayer mode, an asymmetric horror experience where players go up against and play as a demented guy who unleashes Umbrella’s hordes.
It’s not the Outbreak remake that many of us were expecting from Capcom, yet Project Resistance still looks like it has something novel to offer.
Taking inspiration from the likes of Dead By Daylight, Project Resistance is a 4V1 multiplayer game in which survivors must team up against Umbrella’s creations at the behest of a mad scientist.
Looks like there will be a lot of value with this one.
The Last of Us: Part II | May 29th, 2020
Developer: Naughty Dog Publisher: SIE Platform: PS4
Apart from the next generation of consoles dropping, The Last of Us: Part II looks like it may be the biggest thing across all gaming next year, not just horror. It’s been delayed, but that hasn’t stopped fans from wanting to see what’s next for Joel and Ellie.
It’s already shaping up to be something of a technical landmark with all enemies having specific names and heartbeats, not to mention how pretty the thing is. You can rest assured that the Clickers will be as ugly as ever, though.
Carrion | June 1st 2020
Developer: Phobia Game Studio Publisher: Devolver Digital Platforms: PC, PS4, XB1
Trust Devolver to publish a horror game that goes against the grain and makes you the monster. Sure, there’s stuff like Friday the 13th and Dead By Daylight, but Carrion looks to be somehow even more gruesome than both of those.
After escaping from containment, you play as a murderous red blob of tendrils and utterly ruin the day of hapless scientists, leaving a trail of dead bodies in your wake. If you’re curious, you can catch a demo of it on Steam.
It’s been a very tumultuous development period for the System Shock remake since Nightdive acquired the rights in 2012 with it being due for release a few times already, the first being during 2017. Following a successful Kickstarter, the remake was opened up to more possible platforms.
The original game was a landmark title, though not many people knew it at the time. Set aboard a space station, you play as a hacker who must escape with everything — and everyone — going to hell around him. While it’s pencilled in for Q1 2020, we sadly wouldn’t be surprised to see this get delayed again.
Remothered: Broken Porcelain | Summer 2020
Developer: Stormind Games Publisher: Modus Games Platforms: PC, PS4, XB1, NS
The follow-up to the cult favourite Tormented Fathers, Broken Porcelain continues the story from its predecessor with returning characters and all new gameplay mechanics. Real-time cinematics will make their debut, but the scares will (hopefully) also be coming back.
Tormented Fathers was definitely an interesting first attempt in the announced Remothered trilogy, and it looks like Broken Porcelain will be the next natural step.
The original Little Nightmares was a brilliant surprise in the horror genre, it pitting you as a young girl, Six, against Ray Harryhausen-esque abominations who were trying to eat you aboard a demented cruise ship.
The sequel looks to build on that with Six returning but new protagonist Mono at the helm instead. As the pair make their way to The Signal Tower to try and save Six’s life, you better believe some uglies will get in their way. If you haven’t played the original, you can pick it up at a very agreeable price these days.
It’s not a stretch to say that The Walking Dead IP has had a tumultuous time sine Telltale’s iconic adaptation. We’ve had a lot of stinkers away from Clem and Lee, and you might be forgiven for thinking that Onslaught won’t change the trend.
However, this is Survios we’re talking about, who have yet to have a dud in the virtual reality world. Based on the AMC show, Onslaugh will allow players to slash limbs off with Michonne and presumably struggle to hold an accent as Rick when it launches sometime in 2020.
Visage | TBC (Out Now In Early Access)
Developer: SadSquare Studio Publisher: SadSquare Studio Platforms: PC
Visage is shaping up to be the most successful P.T. homage since Kojima and del Toro’s delectable weirdness was cancelled.
Taking plenty of inspiration from that peerless demo, Visage has been in Early Access on Steam for a good while now, it getting new content added on a semi-regular basis. While the development seems to have hit a few snags along the way, the full Visage experience is looking to be one of the scariest horror games around.
Chernobylite | TBC (Out Now In Early Access)
Developer: The Farm 51 Publisher: The Farm 51 Platforms: PC
Chernobylite has one of the most fascinating hooks for a modern survival horror game. Either solo or with other stalkers, you must explore the ruined remains of Chernobyl and try to figure out what happened to the person you love, all while fending off multiple dangers.
Mixing survival elements with the supernatural, Chernobylite has received decent reviews from players since its Early Access launch and the best is yet to come.
Listen, right: we’ll stop talking about Dying Light around these parts when enough people play it the amount it deserves. A follow-up to one of the best open world games of its generation, Dying Light 2 has a far bigger sense of scale with your choices really mattering in regards to the story and the fortunes of The City, too.
Away from that, though, expect the same brilliant parkour and zombie-chopping action. Also, while we have you here, go play Dying Light. You may as well now that Dying Light 2 has been seriously delayed.
Scorn | TBC
Developer: Ebb Software Publisher: Ebb Software Platforms: PC
It feels like we’ve been talking about Scorn for years when it comes to these new horror game lists, often alongside Agony due to the pair’s unsettling, uncompromising imagery. While Agony released to less than great reviews, Ebb Software have been taking their time with Scorn and the updates have been pretty scattered.
Still, just from the glimpses of gameplay we’ve seen, this could be one of the most unsettling horror experiences — whenever it releases, of course.
Secret 1 & 2 | TBC
Developer: Frictional Games Publisher: TBC Platforms: TBC
If you’re wondering what Frictional have been up to since the excellent SOMA, they’ve been deep in development on two new properties, the details of which are yet to be revealed. Heck, they may not even be horror.
Regardless, whenever Frictional release a new game, you have to sit up and pay attention as they always inspire other developers for years to come. Watch them release a sequel to Hello Kitty Kruisers and it be the scariest game around.
Atomic Heart made a huge impression when its first trailer released out of nowhere, its madcap mix of macabre visuals putting it on the map of plenty of horror fans.
Mundfish have been hard at work on the game ever since with fleeting sightings of it since, but this first-person shooter set in an alternate Soviet reality is going to have really go out of its way to waste its potential. BioShock and Metro fans might love this one.
Following the success of an in-game spin-off, Ubisoft have decided to make Quarantine its own. Taking the form a PVE co-op experiences compared to Siege’s PVP, Quarantine will focus on the Six’s trouble with a rampant virus and will feature Operators from the “main” game.
At this time of writing, Quarantine has been the subject of an unspecified delay but will also now be coming to the next generation consoles, the PlayStation 5 and Project Scarlett, as well as current platforms.
Back 4 Blood | TBC
Developer: Turtle Rock Studios Publisher: WB Games Platforms: PC, PS4, XB1
The team behind the original Left 4 Dead, Steam’s premier co-op zombie shooter, announced in 2019 that they would be coming back to produce a spiritual successor with WB Games on publishing duties. Beyond that, we don’t know too much about Back 4 Blood.
Turtle Rock Studios were also behind the much reviled Evolve, which promised much before sinking without a trace. It looks like they’re going back to their roots with Back 4 Blood, which is being billed as a AAA experience. We’ve seen a lot of L4D imitators over the years, so it will be interesting to see how this one shakes out.
Darkborn | TBC
Developer: The Outsiders Publisher: N/A Platforms: PC, PS4, XB1
Previously known as Project Wight, Darkborn is a reverse horror game not unlike Carrion in which you control an evolving monster from humble, almost cute beginnings until they become an absolute viking-slaying beast.
Despite showing plenty of promise, the game from ex-Battlefield devs was dropped by Private Division for the publishing side of things, and it’s been awfully quiet for any new news since. Here’s hoping someone steps in to help this unique idea get over the line.
The Outlast Trials | TBC
Developer: Red Barrels Publisher:Red Barrels Platforms: TBC
Little is known about the game apart from that it’s going to have a whole heap of gore and some unforgettably gruesome moments, but with this being the newest co-op horror game, could it be pointing at a sign of things to come for the genre in the future?
Devotion | TBC
Developer: Red Candle Games Publisher: Red Candle Games Platforms: TBC
This might be a bit of a cheat here considering Devotion did actually in 2019, but it was quickly pulled following some pretty heavy controversy relating to China’s Prime Minister. Since then, Red Candle have been very quiet on its possible re-release but things aren’t looking that bright.
Still, if Devotion does eventually come back out, new players can look forward to playing one of the best horror games ever made. It’s an absolute crime that so few had the chance to experience it.