Biggest New Horror Games of 2020 & Beyond

What spooks await you over the next year?

Chernobylite

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. We will be updating this throughout the course of the year as more games get announced or *gulp* delayed.

 

Horror Games 2020 Release Schedule

GamePlatformsRelease Date
The Walking Dead: Saints and SinnersPCVR, PSVRJanuary 23rd
Dawn of FearPS4February 3rd
Hunt: ShowdownPS4February 18th
World of HorrorPCFebruary 20th
DreadOut 2PCFebruary 20th
Death of RosePCFebruary 21st
Resident Evil 3 RemakePC, PS4, Xbox OneApril 3rd
HellpointPC, PS4, Xbox One, SwitchApril 16th
Daymare: 1998PS4, Xbox OneApril 28th
Someday You'll ReturnPCMay 5th
The Last of Us: Part IIPS4June 19th
CarrionPS4, Xbox One, SwitchJuly 23rd
Maid of SkerPC, PS4, Xbox One, SwitchJuly 28th
What HappenedPCJuly 30th
Remothered: Broken PorcelainPC, PS4, Xbox One, SwitchAugust 25th
The Dark Pictures Anthology: Little HopePC, PS4, Xbox OneOctober 30th
Amnesia: RebirthPC, PS4Autumn 2020
Little Nightmares 2PC, PS4, Xbox One, SwitchQ4 2020
Unholy PCQ4 2020
Once Upon A Time In RoswellPCQ4 2020
ChernobylitePCTBC (out now in Early Access)
VisagePCTBC (out now in Early Access
The Walking Dead: OnslaughtPSVRTBC 2020
Lunacy: Saint RhodesPCTBC 2020
Dead Static DrivePCTBC 2020
Rainbow Six QuarantinePC, PS4, Xbox One, PS5, Xbox 4TBC 20/21
The Outlast TrialsTBC2021
In Sound MindPC2021
Resident Evil 8: VillagePC, PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X, Xbox One2021
Dying Light 2PC, PS4, Xbox OneTBC
SuccubusPCTBC
ParanoidPCTBC
Devotion PCTBC
Atomic HeartPC, PS4, Xbox OneTBC
Secret 2TBCTBC
System Shock RemakePC, PS4, Xbox OneTBC
ScornPC, Xbox Series XTBC
Back 4 BloodPC, PS4, Xbox OneTBC
Sons of the ForestTBC TBC

World of Horror | February 20th*

World of Horror game

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.

*Steam Early Access release

 

Resident Evil 3 | April 3rd, 2020

Resident Evil 3
Developer: Capcom
Publisher: Capcom
Platform(s): PC, PS4, XB1

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.

 

Someday You’ll Return | May 5th, 2020

Someday You'll Return

Developer: CBE software
Publisher: CBE software
Platform(s): PC, PS4, XB1

An intriguing looking psychological horror set in a forest in the Czech Republic, Someday You’ll Return follows a father as he searches for his missing daughter — but also looks like he will find some stuff he didn’t want to.

More of a horror of the mind than of the monster variety, Someday You’ll Return promises some twisty, anxiety-inducing gameplay that will take you for a ride with crafting, herbalism, and even a karma system to contend with.

The console versions for Someday You’ll Return will release later in 2020.

 

The Last of Us: Part II | June 19th

The Last of Us 2

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 in the past, 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, and we will also be seeing some new forms of The Infected.

 

Carrion | July 23rd, 2020

Carrion Game

Developer: Phobia Game Studio
Publisher: Devolver Digital

Platforms: PC, XB1, Switch

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.

 

Remothered: Broken Porcelain | August 25th, 2020

Remothered_ Broken Porcelain - Key Art

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. With the original game amassing a cult following, expect this one to have its fans as well.

 

Amnesia: Rebirth | Autumn 2020

Amnesia Rebirth
Amnesia Rebirth

Developer: Frictional Games
Publisher: Frictional Games

Platforms: PC, PS4

One of two secret games that Frictional were working on, Amnesia: Rebirth was the subject of a long ARG before it was revealed as the newest game in the Amnesia series, or rather a re-imagining of what we’ve already seen with less a focus on outright horror and more atmospheric storytelling.

Taking control of Tasi Trianon, Rebirth will take you on “a harrowing journey through devastation and despair, personal terror and pain, while exploring the limits of human resilience”. That sounds very promising to us indeed.

 

The Dark Pictures Anthology: Little Hope | October 30th, 2020

Little Hope

Developer: Supermassive Games
Publisher: Bandai Namco
Platform(s): PC, PS4, XB1

The second game in The Dark Pictures Anthology, Little Hope, is the follow-up to the somewhat polarising Man of Medan. While it still managed to provide a few scares, it didn’t have nearly enough to match Supermassive’s horror zenith so far: Until Dawn.

Little Hope looks like it will be more of the same with player choice as a key mechanic. This time out, players will be playing as four college students and their professor after a mysterious fog traps them all. Expect twists aplenty.

And also Will Poulter, who will always look the same age.

 

Little Nightmares 2 | Q4 2020

Little Nightmares 2

Developer: Tarsier Studios
Publisher: Bandai Namco

Platforms: PC, PS4, XB1, NS

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.

 

System Shock Remake | 2020

System Shock

Developer: Nightdive Studios
Publisher: Nightdive Studios

Platforms: PC, PS4, XB1

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.

 

The Walking Dead: Onslaught | TBC 2020

The Walkign Dead Onslaught

Developer: Survios
Publisher: Survios

Platforms: PCVR, PSVR

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)

Visage

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)

Chernobylite 2

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.

 

Dying Light 2 | TBC

Dying Light 2

Developer: Techland
Publisher: Techland Publishing

Platforms: PC, PS4, XB1

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

SCORN

Developer: Ebb Software
Publisher: Ebb Software

Platforms: PC, Xbox Series X

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 2 | TBC

SOMA Horror Game Background Wallpaper

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, one that we now know is Amnesia: Rebirth and the other has yet to be revealed. Heck, it 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 | TBC

Atomic Heart

Developer: Mundfish
Publisher: Mundfish

Platforms: PC, PS4, XB1

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.

 

Rainbow Six Quarantine | TBC 2020/2021

Rainbow Six Quarantine

Developer: Ubisoft
Publisher: Ubisoft

Platforms: PC, PS4, XB1, PS5, Scarlett

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

Back 4 Blood

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.

 

The Outlast Trials | 2021

The Outlast Trials

Developer: Red Barrels
Publisher:Red Barrels

Platforms: TBC

A co-op experience set in the Outlast universe, The Outlast Trials isn’t a direct continuation of the series, more a spin-off set during the Cold War in which three players can team up to escape some horrific trials.

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

Devotion

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.

What are you looking forward to most?

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