Best Upcoming Zombie Games 2020 (And Beyond)

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 more new games featuring hordes of the undead are expected to release in 2020.

Here, we’ll be highlighting the best upcoming zombie games you can look forward to playing in 2020 and beyond. Make sure to check back as we’ll be updating this list in the future with new entries. Lastly, if you would like to receive more gaming recommendations, consider reading through our other curated lists:

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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. 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.

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 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. 

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 and release for both current/next-gen consoles. The first-person action RPG is set after the events of 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. 

Among the many newly announced Ubisoft games to receive a delay is Rainbow Six Quarantine. While a release date hadn’t yet been confirmed, many were expecting to get their hands on the shooter relatively soon. Now they’ll have to wait upwards of a year since the game has been delayed in the same manner as Watch Dogs: Legion and Gods & Monsters.

It’s also one of the titles mentioned in Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot’s announcement concerning cross-generational titles. 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, which is likely connected to the zombies.

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.

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.

With Valve pretty much refusing to make a new Left 4 Dead game, Back 4 Blood is the closest we’ll ever get to a new installment. Thankfully, it’s being created 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 Turtle Rock’s zombie shooter, Back 4 Blood will include genre staples such as support for four-player co-op, replayable story missions, and a PvP component. There’s not much else to share, but we should hear more as the year progresses.

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 stopped 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, but it may end up being a launch title for next-gen consoles.

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