8 Horror Games We Missed At E3!

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If you’re a gamer, you’re undoubtedly already fully aware of how stupefyingly awesome last week was. If you’re not a gamer, than let me take a second to fill you in. Last week, nearly every video game company in the country migrated to Los Angeles so they could spend a few days blowing our minds.

They did this by showing off new hardware — including a saucy battle between the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 — and announcing tons of exciting new games. Among these big reveals were a myriad horror games, both from indie developers and high profile publishers, that all look absolutely terrifying. Unfortunately, even though we saw from the likes of Daylight, Outlast, Dying Light and Dead Rising 3 — there were still many highly anticipated games that didn’t make an appearance.

After the break I have eight horror games I really wanted to see more from last week, but didn’t. Check them out, and let me know what I missed in the comments!

I am so bummed we didn’t hear anything from inSANE. It was a long shot, but come on, Mirror’s Edge 2 and Kingdom Hearts III were just as unlikely and we saw both.

It doesn’t necessarily mean director Guillermo Del Toro’s exciting foray into video games has been canned; Dead Island and The Evil Within (previously known as project Zwei) both went silent before we resurfacing again a year (or two) later. I do hope Del Toro finds a developer, a publisher, and all the money he could possibly need, because a Lovecraftian action horror game from the mastermind behind Pan’s Labyrinth sounds incredible.

This is a game we know little about, outside of the possibility that it may or may not feature creepy dolls. It might not even be a horror game.

What has me most excited for this is the developer behind it. It’s Climax! You know, the team behind two of the best (recent) Silent Hill games, Origins and Shattered Memories. They understand psychological horror, so if this does end up being a horror game that sees the light of day, I have full faith they’ll deliver something that’s truly terrifying.

Okay, yes, this is a little unfair. Bethesda is busier than ever promoting their current projects — an arsenal of hugely anticipated games that includes The Elder Scrolls Online (now coming to next-gen consoles, as well as PC!), Wolfenstein: The New Order and The Evil Within. Asking them to show us something from Doom 4 when they already have plenty coming is almost definitely asking too much. With that said, I don’t care, just show me the damn game already.

If you can’t do that, I’ll settle for an explanation as to what Endless Summer is, or even something related to Fallout. Maybe more on that Skyrim follow-up, too…

Robotoki is working on a post-apocalyptic survival game called Human Element. It sounds amazing, and not just because it has Robert Bowling, former lead and creative strategist on the Modern Warfare series, behind it. This is the only game on this list that’s coming to the Ouya console, so I hope they show us something soon. Last we heard, the plan was to launch an episodic prequel exclusively on the Ouya, followed by the “full” Human Element some time in 2015.

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  • Raziel_cz

    On the topic of inSANE, del Toro said to the Toronto Sun in January this year that he’s in talks with a big company which responded to the game and what was he trying to accomplish and also that some of the devices of the game need to be updated.

    I don’t know if you wrote about that or not, but this information keeps me calm for some reason. I still believe that we’ll actually see inSANE someday. Its potential is huge. Del Toro is a creator with one of the most original minds I’ve ever witnessed and he loves Lovecraft, so if this game and the movie adaptation of At the Mountains of Madness under his supervision became real, my head would probably exploded.

    • Adam Dodd

      Yeah, I remember he found a developer back in November, but in January he was still seeking a publisher. Also, sadly, his Mountains of Madness film was put on hold because it shared too many similarities with Prometheus. :(

      • Raziel_cz

        I know about Mountains of Madness. It’s a shame, Prometheus wasn’t even good.

  • lateralus930

    Great article, but I would like to point out that Kingdom Hearts III was never unlikely. The way the series is set up is that the main games are the numbered games. Those are the ones that are all story progression (save for Dream Drop Distance). All of the other games are backstory (once again, except for Dream Drop Distance). The games have been a slow build, but the payoff is going to be huge.

    • Adam Dodd

      I didn’t mean KH3 was unlikely, I meant it’s reveal was unlikely. Even its director said he didn’t want to reveal it (yet).

  • suedepup

    Good lord! Great list! You covered everything on my wish list AND my “where the heck is it?!!” list.

  • Skull-And-Crossbones

    i really wanted to see something from Until Dawn. the good news is it still has a 2013 release date window. and in the Supermassive Games website it’s listed as “coming soon”. no clue why they wouldn’t show it at e3. but there are many up coming event like TGS, PAX, Gamescom, and Comic-Con to show the game. i am curious about that whole “endless summer” thing. i read somewhere that a Rage sequel was put on hold or something so that they could work on a new Doom game so i’m sure that one will be shown sometime in the future.

    • Adam Dodd

      Did you read that here? Unfortunately, despite being a solid game, Rage 2 won’t be happening. No more sweet, sweet Wingstick action for me. :(

  • DarrelDreadful

    Left 4 Dead 3. Endless Summer. & Insane I think were the ones I was hoping to hear something about. Its great to finally know that Mirrors Edge 2 actually exists, and all the horror games that have been revealed so far have officially made me excited to become a gamer again. I took a long break, but Im putting my money aside now lol

  • ThunderDragoon

    Great list, Adam. I need Until Dawn in my mouth.

    • Adam Dodd

      Too late. It’s already in mine. I’ve stuck it to the roof of my mouth so I can savor it all day long.

      • ThunderDragoon

        No! Give it to me. T_T

  • bambi_lives8980

    Dead Island : Riptide isn’t considered a true DI sequel? If I’m missing something or sound retarded by asking that I’m sorry, but I only played a little bit of the game before having to return it to Redbox. But it felt like a sequel to me…?

    • Adam Dodd

      It’s strange, I know, but it’s more of a Dead Island 1.5. Even the team behind it (both Deep Silver and Techland) said they don’t consider it a “true” sequel. More of a spin-off.

  • Gremloblin

    I’m looking forward to playing Remothered. It’s that new Clock Tower game rumored for the PC and Wii-U. http://clocktower.wikia.com/wiki/Remothered

  • austinap

    Adam, i’m pretty certain that Until Dawn is still happening.i hope. :( didnt supermassive games say last month it’s still very much in development? maybe they don’t wanna give too much away, or still don’t have much to show? ugh i need more NOW.

  • HorrorLover995

    A new SIREN would’ve been nice to see instead of the manga bull they pulled on us fans. It’s been about 6 years since Blood Curse’s release, and we’re screaming for more. That and awaiting a console game for Slender.
    The Arrival was good and yes it’s getting ported to the consoles, but I felt the story-line and game itself needed to be longer; Explore bigger environments, learn the creepy truth behind Slender’s origins, etc.