Best Upcoming Zombie Games 2021 (And Beyond)

Here are the best new zombie games for this year and beyond! We've included highly anticipated releases and lesser-known games to look out for.

Whether it’s shooting zombies, running from zombies or becoming a zombie, people sure enjoy inhabiting worlds occupied by the living dead.

And it doesn’t look like things are about to slow down any time soon, as the best new zombie games continue to grace players’ PCs and consoles.

In this list, we’ll highlight the best upcoming zombie games to play in 2021 and beyond in order of release date.

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.

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

Undying is a story-focused survival game that sees you controlling a Mom who becomes infected with a zombie virus. With only days remaining before her transformation is complete, she will have to fight to survive and teach her son as many valuable skills as possible to ensure he can brave this harsh new world.  

The game sees players completing a variety of standard survival game activities such as finding shelter and gathering and refining materials; however, there are instances where the player will have to succumb to their zombie instincts to protect themselves and the boy.

This includes feeding on other members of the undead and sometimes using their infected body as camouflage for the boy. 

Dying Light 2 is a first-person action RPG set after the events of the first game. It introduces a new protagonist, Aiden Caldwell, an infected survivor who uses his superb dexterity and combat prowess to gain allies and constantly escape the clutches of the undead. 

It features streamlined traversal complemented by interactive environments that let you swing from ropes and ride on the roofs of vehicles. Techland is including more player-choice this time around, offering a dynamic open world that evolves throughout the game. 

The last game to be delayed following its announcement at E3 2019 is Rainbow Six Quarantine. Although Ubisoft never confirmed a release date, many were expecting to get their hands on the shooter relatively soon.

Described as a “3-player tactical co-op FPS,” RSQ appears to be incorporating elements of horror, with the teaser trailer depicting zombie-like creatures. Additionally, the player character is infected with some kind of illness, likely sharing a connection to the zombies.

With Valve pretty much flat-out refusing to make a new Left 4 DeadBack 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.

It’s been years since we’ve gotten an update regarding Dead Island 2 aside from the occasional tweet reminding us the game still exists. Since its E3 2014 reveal, the game has swapped developers multiple times and is currently rumored to be in production at Dambuster Studios.

Although both the developer and publisher (Deep Silver) have gone radio silent, it hasn’t stopped the public from uncovering new info on Dead Island 2 over the last few years. For one, we know it’s set in a series of real-life locations across California, will feature an expanded crafting system and add co-op for up to 8 players.

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