Best Upcoming Horror Games 2021 (And Beyond)

Do you love spooky horror games that will keep you on the edge of your seat? Here are the best upcoming horror games that you can look forward to this year.

There seems to be no shortage of great-looking horror games to make your skin crawl throughout 2021.

This includes remakes, sequels, and spin-offs to established series like Outlast, Little Nightmares, and The Forest as well as brand-new properties from emerging indie studios.

In this list, we’ll be highlighting a collection of the best upcoming horror games you can look forward to playing in 2021 and beyond.

We’ll be updating this list in the future with new titles, so make sure to check back and let us know if we missed any games!

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Capcom plans to set a new standard for survival horror with the eighth mainline entry in the iconic Resident Evil franchise.

The story is set a couple of years after the events of RE7 and sees protagonist Ethan Winters living happily with his reunited wife, Mia.

However, things take a turn for the worst when Chris Redfield shows up, setting off a whirlwind of events that causes Ethan to seek out a mysterious snowcapped village in search of answers.

Resident Evil: Village will revisit the first-person perspective of RE7 while focusing more on combat and exploration than the last game.

With Valve pretty much flat-out refusing to make a new Left 4 Dead, Back 4 Blood is the closest we’ll ever get to a new installment in the zombie shooter franchise.

Thankfully, development is being handled by Turtle Rock Studios, the team behind the original L4D, whose credits also include the asymmetrical multiplayer title Evolve.

Described as a spiritual successor to TR’s game, Back 4 Blood will include genre staples such as local and online four-player co-op along with a replayable campaign.

Additionally, the game will feature a PvP mode where you can play as the monster and attack other players.

Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II was announced during the Game Awards 2019 following the reveal of the Xbox Series X’s name and design.

The sequel sees Ninja Theory back at the helm for a much more thematically dark and atmospheric game, which is saying a lot for anyone who played the original.

The announcement trailer doesn’t give away too much besides confirming the game will be coming to both Series X and PC.

There’s an emphasis on rituals being performed, traveling across stunning landscapes, and an encounter with a massive creature.

We recently got a closer look at Shinji Mikami and Tango Gameworks’ upcoming horror action-adventure game, Ghostwire: Tokyo.

In it, you play as one of the few remaining survivors following a paranormal event that causes 99% of Tokyo’s population to mysteriously disappear.

Soon after, you discover you’ve been bestowed with supernatural abilities that allow you to fight back against the horrific terrors that have taken over Tokyo.

The premise seems thoroughly intriguing and will only be made better by Ghostwire‘s stunning depiction of modern-day Tokyo, with environments ranging from vibrant cityscapes to tranquil holy grounds.

Cosmic-horror fans will have their hands full next year when Quantum Error releases for both PS4 and PS5.

Developed by Teamkill Media, the first-person shooter sees you playing as Capt. Jacob Thomas, a fireman tasked with entering a research facility that’s been set ablaze.

You and your crew must try to save as many lives as possible while investigating the mysterious cause of the fire.

We’re willing to take a shot in the dark and suggest things may not be as black and white as they seem and there’s probably something more sinister at play.

Martha Is Dead is an upcoming horror adventure game that takes place during WWII in Tuscany, Italy.

The escalating conflict serves as a backdrop for the game’s plot, which starts with a young woman’s body found drowned in a local lake, presumably Martha.

You play as her twin sister who now has to come to grips with Martha’s passing while investigating the mysterious circumstances surrounding her murder.

The game looks to blend elements of Italian folklore with the real-life horrors of war to tell a story focusing on trauma and the supernatural.

lthough Techland recently delayed the next entry in their zombie-parkour survival series, Dying Light 2 is still expected to release on PC through Steam.

The first-person action RPG is set after the first game and introduces Aiden Caldwell, an infected zombie virus survivor who uses his superb dexterity and combat prowess to gain allies and constantly escape the clutches of the undead. 

Dying Light 2 plans on delivering a refined traversal system with more fluid animations along with highly-interactive environments where players can swing from ropes and even ride on the roof of vehicles.

Techland has also included more player-choice this time around, offering a dynamic open-world that evolves throughout the game. 

When the original System Shock released in 1994, critics praised the game’s relatively realistic physics and the scale of its 3D environments.

Today, the series is remembered for elevating the first-person genre even though its success was short-lived.

Fortunately, developer Night Dive Studios is looking to bring the original back to life with a backer-funded remake currently in the works.

The scrappy developer is taking their time with the project to best recreate the look and vibe of the original, going as far as to consult former Looking Glass Studios staff.

Rainbow Six Quarantine is one of the many new games announced by Ubisoft to have since been delayed indefinitely.

Though we never got an official release date, Ubisoft’s track record led many to believe they would get their hands on the shooter within the next year.

Described as a ‘tactical three-player co-op shooter,’ the game appears to blend elements of zombie shooters and survival horror with more traditional Rainbow Six gameplay.

There’s a big emphasis on story, with you playing as a soldier who becomes infected with some kind of virus that’s likely connected to the zombie-like enemies in the trailer.

Saturnalia is an upcoming survival horror game that sees you controlling a group of characters trapped inside a village where an ancient ritual is taking place. 

As you make your way through a sprawling labyrinthine whose paths randomly change with each playthrough, you’ll unlock new locations and gather valuable tools and resources while being stalked continuously by spooky shadow creatures. 

While the game is essentially a roguelike, developer Santa Ragione is known for incorporating elements of different genres into their projects.

Most impressive is Saturnalia’s distinct ‘pencil sketch’ art style, which adds a layer of depth and atmosphere to characters and environments.

As of now, the game is confirmed for PC exclusively through Epic Games Store.

Instead of putting out a third installment that mirrors the single-player design of the first two games, The Outlast Trials is a multiplayer-focused affair.

Details are far and few between at the moment, but what we do know is the game will take place during the Cold War era.

In it, you and your friends are involuntarily recruited to become test guinea pigs for mind-control experiments at the hands of a shady corporation.

Players will have to work together to make it out alive while their morals, endurance, and sanity are put through the wringer.

Although first-person psychological horror games come a dime a dozen nowadays, we haven’t seen many that explore alien conspiracies, especially in a non-contemporary setting.

Once Upon A Time In Roswell casts you as an unfortunate detective tasked with investigating the disappearance of a family during the year 1947 in Roswell, New Mexico.

As you dive deeper into the case and start digging up clues, secrets from your past will rise to the surface, causing you to see unsettling images and relive traumatic experiences.

Whether it’s little green men toying with your memories or something else, it’s up to you to uncover the truth before it’s too late.

Duality Games’ upcoming survival horror title Unholy managed to catch our eye due to its thoroughly exciting premise.

In it, you play as Saidah, one of the last humans left alive in a world where monstrous creatures outrank humans.

One day, your child gets abducted by these creatures, prompting you to search for clues about where she was taken.

Primarily a stealth game, Unholy tasks you with rescuing your daughter while making sure not to draw too much attention from the deadly monsters who roam the streets.

For anyone unfamiliar with Endnight Games’ The Forest, it’s basically a survival horror game that focuses on crafting and combat.

While the story was pretty nonlinear, there were still plenty of opportunities to learn about the creatures and island through bits of lore scattered throughout.

For the sequel, Endnight Games looks to be expanding the universe with new characters and events revolving around yet another mysterious island.

In addition to better graphics and more fluid combat, Sons of the Forest will be a more team-focused endeavor than the original, which added online multiplayer post-launch.

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