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 will slow down any time as more games featuring hordes of undead creatures are scheduled to release later this year. 

Here, we’ll be highlighting the 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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    Resident Evil 3 Remake

    Release Date: April 3, 2020     Platform: PS4 | Xbox One | PC

    Numerous leaks suggested Capcom was planning on remaking Resident Evil 3. After all, the RE2 remake ended up being a massive success for the company both critically and financially. It also helped revitalize the franchise overall, which began showing signs of exhaustion before the release of 2017’s RE7.

    For their next remake, Capcom appears to be employing the same strategy as before by creating reimagined versions of RE3‘s host of characters and environments. Even big bad Nemesis has received a facelift, now sporting an absolutely terrifying set of chompers that we’ll never be able to erase from our minds. 

    Resident Evil Resistance

    Release Date: April 3, 2020     Platform: PS4 | Xbox One | PC

    Players who purchase RE3 Remake will also receive a copy of Resident Evil Resistance, an asymmetrical multiplayer game inspired by the Outbreak spin-off series. In it, four players control civilians with different specializations including Tank, Healer, Melee, and Hacker while a fifth player is assigned the unique role of Mastermind.

    The group of 4 players is tasked with solving puzzles and surviving whatever challenges the Mastermind throws their way as they try to make it out alive. The Mastermind can spy on the other players by watching cameras as well as spawn enemies and place traps throughout levels.

    The Last of Us 2

    Release Date: May 29, 2020     Platform: PS4

    Originally slated for a February 2020 release, Naughty Dog and Sony have agreed to hold off releasing TLOU2 until May to “bring the entire game up to a level of polish we would call Naughty Dog quality.” While this means fans will have to wait a bit long, at least they’ll be getting the best version of the game. 

    The original TLOU managed to capture the hearts and minds of many players and critics thanks in large part to its emotionally-gripping story chronicling the relationship between Joel and Ellie. Set five years later, the sequel closely follows a now much older Ellie as she comes face to face with a dangerous cult.

    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 will come to Switch and PC later this year.

    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 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

    Release Date: TBA    Platform: TBA

    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. 

    Rainbow Six Quarantine

    Release Date: TBA    Platform: TBA

    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 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.

    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 can 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.

    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 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.

    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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