Best Upcoming Horror Games 2020 (And Beyond)

There seems to be no shortage of great-looking horror games to make your skin crawl throughout 2020.

This includes remakes, sequels, and spin-offs to established series such as 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 2020 and beyond.

Make sure to check back as we continue to update this list with new entries.

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Bloober Team is known for making psychological horror experiences with rich atmospheres and their fair share of jumpscares. While the studio has seen great success with the Layers of Fear series as well as 2019’s Blair Witch, their next project may end up being their most ambitious title to date.

The Medium sees you taking on the role of a woman with supernatural abilities that allow her to travel between two plains of existence: the living and the spirit world. Haunted by visions of a child’s murder, she travels to an abandoned resort in search of answers.

By accessing both worlds, she begins piecing together clues that can help solve the murder case at the risk of exposing her to sinister forces. Not much else is known at the moment, but we can confirm famed.

Tarsier Studios’ Little Nightmares is a delightfully creepy puzzle-platformer and one of the standout indie horror games of 2018. The game ends with an interesting twist that we’re excited to see expanded upon in a sequel due out this year.

Published by Bandai Namco, Little Nightmares II got announced during Gamescon 2019, where a brief teaser was shown. The sequel will feature a new playable character named Mono, who’s also joined by Six, the protagonist from the original.

The two will work together to clear platforming challenges and solve puzzles in a variety of unsettling new environments. The second character will be AI-controlled by default, but Tarsier hopes to add local co-op before the game’s release. 

The sequel to 2017’s Hellblade will see British game studio Ninja Theory back at the helm for what appears to be a much darker and atmospheric game. Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II was announced during the Game Awards 2019 alongside the reveal of Xbox’s next-gen console.

This will be the studio’s second project following their acquisition by Microsoft, the first being the MOBA-inspired combat game Bleeding Edge. While the trailer doesn’t give away too much in terms of story details, it appears to be doubling down on its terrifying depiction of Nordic rituals.

There’s also a plethora of new, equally stunning landscapes to soak up while solving puzzles away from frightening enemies. Hellblade II will be one of the first titles to take advantage of the XSX’s capabilities, which should pair well with NT’s cutting-edge facial rendering technology.

We recently got a closer look at Shinji Mikami and Tango Gameworks’ upcoming first-person action-adventure game Ghostwire: Tokyo, coming to PS5 and PC in 2021. In it, you play as one of the few remaining survivors following a paranormal event that causes 99% of Tokyo’s population to disappear mysteriously. 

Soon after, your character discovers they’ve become embedded with their very own supernatural abilities and sets out to rid the city of the horrific terrors that now occupy the streets.

The premise seems thoroughly intriguing and will only be made better by Ghostwire’s stunning depiction of Tokyo’s environments, which range from modern cityscapes to ancient sacred grounds.

Capcom plans to set a new standard for survival horror with the eighth mainline entry in the iconic Resident Evil franchise. Resident Evil: Village will bring the company’s in-house RE Engine to next-gen hardware and deliver even more ultra-realistic environments and characters to players’ screens.

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. 

Village will revisit the first-person perspective of RE7 while focusing more on combat and exploration than the previous game. Expect resources to remain painfully scarce and danger to be lurking around every corner.

Although Techland recently delayed the next entry in their zombie-parkour survival series, Dying Light 2 will likely end up being a cross-gen title releasing on both current and next-gen consoles.

The first-person action RPG takes place the events of the first game and introduces a new protagonist. Aiden Caldwell is an infected zombie virus survivor who uses his superb agility and combat prowess to win over allies and quickly escape the clutches of the undead. 

Included with the sequel is a refined traversal system with more fluid animations along with highly-interactive environments that allow you to swing from ropes and even ride on the rooftop of vehicles. Techland has been taking strides to improve the amount of player-choice this time around, offering a more dynamic open-world that evolves throughout the story.

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 has been taking their time with the project, carefully recreating the look and vibe of the original System Shock.

This includes collaborating with former members of Looking Glass Studios, the game’s original developer. Players can expect to take on the role of a resourceful hacker as they explore a space station brimming with terrifying creatures and a hostile AI named SHODAN.

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.

Now it seems we’ll have to wait much longer while the company figures out their release strategy for 2020. 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.

Bloodlines 2 has been in development for so long that it was only a matter of time before it got confirmed for next-gen consoles. The sequel builds upon the 2004 original in several ways, most notably in the visuals department, showcasing a fully-realized open-world based on modern-day Seattle.

In it, you play as a recently-turned vampire who joins up with one of five different clans. Each clan offers unique perks, one of the driving aspects of Bloodlines 2’s role-play design.

In addition to joining a family, you’ll be able to select your character’s backstory and vampire discipline from multiple options to determine your playstyle. Along with feeding on humans while trying not to get caught, you’ll have to deal with rival vampire clans, werewolves, and demons looking to take you out.

It’s easy to forget developer Red Barrels has only put out two mainline games in the Outlast series. After all, it’s one of the more recognizable survival horror properties and has even inspired other games. With their third game, the studio appears to be taking things in a different direction.

Instead of putting out a third installment that mirrors the single-player design of the first two, 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. Even the most casual alien enthusiast will know that Roswell is usually associated with UFO sightings and Area 51.

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.

It’s been more than five years since Team Junkfish’s survival horror roguelike Monstrum was released. The original saw you attempting to escape a procedurally-generated ship before one of three unique monsters hunted you down.

While the enemy AI always seemed to get tripped up on the ‘hunting’ part, the game was generally creepy, especially when it came to atmosphere. For the sequel, Junkfish has decided to explore some new ideas, namely adapting the experience for asymmetrical multiplayer.

Monstrum 2 will toss groups of four into procedurally-generated levels where they’ll have to outsmart a monster controlled by a fifth player. Similar to games like Dead By Daylight, teams will have to work together to find a way to escape while trying to avoid getting killed by the monster. As if that weren’t enough, the game features permadeath.

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.

At times you’ll have to take on the disguise of a different species in order to sneak by undetected; other times, you’ll have no other option than to defend yourself.

For anyone unfamiliar with Endnight Games’ The Forest, it’s basically a survival horror game that focuses on crafting and combat. In it, you play as a man searching for his son after their plane crash-lands on a mysterious island filled with cannibalistic mutants.

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.

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. There’s not much else to share at the moment, but expect more to be revealed as time goes on. 

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