Although zombie games may fall under the more broad category of horror, the term encompasses a wide-selection of subgenres like zombie shooter, zombie survival, and even zombie pinball. However you slice it, our obsession with the undead doesn’t appear to be slowing down as more upcoming games are slated to release in 2019 and beyond.

Here, we will be highlighting the most highly-anticipated zombie game releases along with some lesser-known titles that may not be on your radar. Make sure to check back as we’ll updating this list in the future with new entries. If you would like to receive more gaming recommendations, consider reading through our other curated lists:

Zombie Army 4: Dead War

Release Date: Early 2020

Platform: PS4 / Xbox One / PC

Zombie Army may not be the most innovative or even impressive zombie shooter around but the series can always be counted on to deliver hours of fun for players who get a kick out of ripping zombies to shreds. Rebellion Developments, the makers of Sniper Elite, recently announced that Zombie Army 4 is currently in production and slated for a 2020 release.

The co-op focused third-person shooter appears to maintain the gameplay from the previous entry, Zombie Army Trilogy, while introducing a new campaign along with a bevy of QoL improvements. The infamous X-ray kill cam has seen some upgrades, new elemental weapons offer more variety in combat, and new locations such as a zombie-infested zoo are sure to keep players entertained. 

Dying Light 2

Release Date: Spring 2020

Platform: PS4 / Xbox One / PC

Dying Light 2 is a first-person action RPG developed and self-published by Techland, best known for their work on Dead Island, which also featured zombies. The sequel takes place after the events of the first game and has you playing as a new protagonist, Aiden Caldwell, an infected survivor whose extraordinary dexterity and combat abilities prove useful for gaining allies and influencing the world around him.

Gameplay will be fairly similar to the original and has players scavenging for weapons and supplies while traversing the world through fluid, parkour-based movement. For the sequel, Techland is emphasizing a player-driven experience where decisions impact both the story and the physical in-game world.

Zombie Rollerz

Release Date: May 2020

Platform: Switch / PC

Of all the zombie genre fusions we would expect to see, tower defense and pinball wasn’t one of them. Developer Zing Games has their eye on the ball when it comes to Zombie Rollerz, a procedurally-generated pinball action RPG that sees players defending themselves from waves of flesh-eating enemies in pinball-based combat.

The game features six different heroes with unique abilities that can be combined in a seemingly infinite number of ways. Each run plays differently from the last as new enemies and obstacles are constantly thrown your way, adding tons of replayability. Zombie Rollerz is currently available on mobile and iOS and scheduled to release on Switch and PC next year.

Rainbow Six Quarantine

Release Date: TBA 2020

Platform: PS4 / Xbox One / PC

Rainbow Six Quarantine is a brand-new co-op FPS that sees 3-player squads facing off against a new breed of alien parasite with the ability to infect human hosts and their surroundings. The game will offer a completely PVE experience in which players take on intense missions in a quarantined region brimming with hostiles.

Given the success of recent PvP-focused Rainbox Six titles, most notably Siege, it’s nice to see Ubisoft hasn’t forgotten about the audience of players who prefer strictly PvE shooters. Word has it the game is being developed by a new team at Ubisoft Montreal, so we look forward to seeing what they have to show in the upcoming months.

Undying

Release Date: TBA 2020

Platform: PC

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 completely a variety of standard survival game activities such as finding shelter, gathering and refining materials; however, there are instances where the player will have to succumb to their zombie instincts in order 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. 

Project Resistance

Release Date: TBA 

Platform: PS4 / Xbox One / PC

Project Resistance is an upcoming asymmetrical multiplayer game set in the Resident Evil universe. The game appears to be at least partially inspired by the Outbreak spin-off games, putting four players in control of civilians with different specializations that include tank, healer, melee, and hacker.

The fifth player is assigned the unique role of Mastermind and can spy on the other players as well as spawn enemies and traps throughout levels. An early BETA is scheduled to for Fall 2019, with the game releasing sometime next year. Hopefully, Project Resistance will keep fans satiated until Capcom decides to officially announce the rumored Resident Evil 3 remake.

The Last of Us 2

Release Date: TBA

Platform: PS4

The original The Last of Us managed to capture the hearts and minds of many players and critics thanks in large part to its emotionally-gripping story that chronicled the relationship between Joel and Ellie.  Developer Naughty Dog is back with a sequel and the world can’t wait to see what’s happened since we last saw these characters.

The Last of Us 2 takes place five years after the events of the first game and has players controlling an older version of Ellie as she encounters a dangerous cult in a now post-apocalyptic US. Neil Druckman, one of the game’s story co-writers, has stated that the sequel will focus on ‘hate’ instead of ‘love’. The game also plans to introduce several new characters who will play “essential roles” in Joel and Ellie’s next journey.

GTFO

Release Date: TBA

Platform: PC

10 Chambers Collective is attempting to carve out space for themselves in the pantheon of zombie shooters with GTFO. The game has a team of up to four players controlling characters being held prisoner by a sinister entity known as The Warden. In order to escape, you and your team will be forced to obey The Warden’s commands and explore underground complexes brimming with terrifying monsters.

GTFO features procedurally-generated environments set in dark mining caves and high-tech labs where players will have to communicate to solve puzzles, find supplies, and eliminate waves of enemies while dealing with environmental hazards like toxic gas and EMP waves that disrupt gadgets. The game features a fairly deep customization system that allows players to change up their weapon’s parts and 

The Black Masses

Release Date: TBA

Platform: PC 

Advancements in game development tech have led to some pretty impressive feats that were previously thought to be impossible. Games like World War Z are able to render a massive horde of zombies while still keeping track of each player. Developer Brilliant Game Studios appears to be attempting a similar feat with the upcoming medieval zombie game The Black Masses.

The game has you stranded on an island that’s been corrupted by a mysterious black substance that’s turned all of the island’s inhabitants into bloodthirsty creatures. Utilizing next-gen crowd-rendering technology, TBM has you taking down massive hordes of zombies with a variety of medieval-style weapons such as axes and swords while exploring a huge map via parkour-inspired traversal. 

Dysmantle

Release Date: TBA

Platform: PC

Developer 10tons looks to be throwing their hat in the zombie race with Dysmantle, a top-down sandbox survival game set in a post-apocalyptic world. Players emerge from an underground shelter on a secluded island only to find it’s been overrun by vile, mutant creatures.

In order to escape the island and uncover its many mysteries, players will have to craft weapons and gear, build outposts, and fight enemies. Where Dysmantle differs from a lot of other games in this genre is its lighthearted tone, which is evident by the game’s cartoonish visual style and a plethora of relaxing activities, such as fishing and farm cultivation.

Back 4 Blood

Release Date: TBA

Platform: TBA​

With Valve basically killing the Left 4 Dead franchise, Back 4 Blood is the spiritual successor fans have been wanting for years. The game is being developed by Turtle Rock, the same studio that made the original L4D games. Back 4 Blood will retain the four-player co-op ‘zombie shooter’ gameplay that made the first games so popular while incorporating some new features.

For one, the game will feature PVP combat in addition to a PVE campaign mode. While it’s been a decade since the studio’s worked on the first games, Turtle Rock is returning to the genre with more experience than before, having learned a lot from the development of their last project, the asymmetrical multiplayer game Evolve. Right now the studio is keeping a lot of details secret, but we should hear more as the year progresses.

Dead Island 2

Release Date: TBA

Platform: TBA

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 with Dambuster Studios taking over for Sumo Digital. Although the developers and publisher Deep Silver have gone radio silent, it hasn’t prevented the public from uncovering new info on Dead Island 2 over the last few years. 

For one, we know it won’t take place on the fictional island of Banoi, but rather be set in a series of real-life locations across California. The game will have an expanded crafting system over the original and feature co-op for up to eight players. As of now, Dead Island 2 is expected to release on PS4 and Xbox One, however, it may end up being a launch title for next-gen consoles.

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