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The Biggest Horror Headlines of Gamescom 2014

If you’ve visited Bloody Disgusting with any sort of regularity this week, you’ve probably noticed how ridiculously good this year’s Gamescom has been for fans of the horror genre. It’s been a steady stream of reveals and re-reveals of multiple new horror games, as well as new details on the games we already knew about. Every flavor of horror was represented, from the post-apocalyptic to the supernatural, the nightmarish to teen slasher horror, and everything in-between.

With Gamescom’s biggest news expended, we’re left with our jaws on the floor, some new games to look forward to and a more positive outlook for the future of our favorite genre. Read on for a recap of one of the most exciting weeks the horror genre has seen in some time.

Silent Hills

The big reveal this year was obviously Silent Hills. It came out of nowhere and I feel like I haven’t stopped talking about it since. The game is being led by Metal Gear designer Hideo Kojima and Guillermo Del Toro (Hellboy, The Strain) and will star Norman Reedus, who many of us know as Daryl from The Walking Dead.

The game will be powered by Kojima’s FOX Engine — the same engine that powers Metal Gear Solid V — and is currently only confirmed for the PS4.

Release: TBA
Platforms: PS4 confirmed, others TBA

Until Dawn

The other major horror game to take up headlines is the teen slasher Until Dawn, which has been completely rebooted and reworked by developer Supermassive Games in the two years following its initial reveal. The last few years have treated it kindly, as the game looks significantly better, it has a more interesting story, some impressive voice talent behind it (including Hayden Panettiere), and an ambitious developer that really wants to scare us. It’s also now a PS4 exclusive.

Release: TBA 2015
Platforms: PS4

Dead Island 2

Until last week, we had only seen a CGI trailer for Dead Island 2, a sequel that’s now in the hands of Spec Ops: The Line developer Yager. Deep Silver fixed that with the reveal of actual in-game footage (above) that highlighted the myriad ways we can look forward to slaying the undead hordes when the game ships next year. They’re giving us dual-wielding. Finally.

Release: Spring 2015
Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One

Dying Light

With Dead Island in the hands of a new developer, Techland is free to work on whatever they like, starting with the similarly themed open-world horror game Dying Light, which takes some of the best aspects of Dead Island and injects it with some freerunning and a tweaked multiplayer. There’s still weapon crafting, character progression, and four-player co-op, but now other players are able to join co-op games as a monster. And unlike Dead Island, this game changes into something substantially more terrifying when the sun goes down.

Release: February 2015
Platforms: PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One

Overkill’s The Walking Dead

So far, if you’ve really wanted to play a Walking Dead game, your only real option is Telltale’s episodic series. Activision tried, and failed, to make a shooter out of it with the abysmal Survival Instinct, and now Payday 2 developer Overkill Software is looking to redeem the brand with their own take on the series. We don’t know much about it, other than it’s a co-op shooter that may be set in Washington D.C.. Robert Kirkman will be overseeing it, likely for quality control, so you can have confidence that this won’t be another sad cash grab like Survival Instinct was.

The Payday series is proof enough that Overkill is a supremely talented developer that’s more than capable of bringing us the Walking Dead game “fans have been waiting for.”

Release: TBA 2016
Platforms: TBA

Alien: Isolation

I’m already sold on the fact that Alien: Isolation is hands down the most genuine video game adaptation of a film franchise this industry has ever produced. Creative Assembly has shown a remarkable love for the films as well as an impressive eye for the little details that made the original Alien so memorable. The game’s latest trailer doesn’t show any gameplay, but it gets the message across: in Alien: Isolation, you will be hunted. Relentlessly.

You will also die. A lot.

Release: October 7, 2014
Platforms: PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One

The Evil Within

Releasing a week after Alien: Isolation is this year’s other major horror release, The Evil Within. From Resident Evil creator Shinji Mikami, this game marks his long-awaited return to survival horror. Gamescom gifted us with a bunch of Evil Within headlines, including the unveiling of a season pass that will unlock all three of the game’s planned single-player add-ons and the fact that even without the DLC, the game will have a meaty campaign that takes between 15-20 hours to finish.

Release: October 14, 2014
Platforms: PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One

Bloodborne

I don’t mask my eagerness to get my hands on the PS4 exclusive Bloodborne very well. This is mostly because it just looks so insanely good, I don’t understand why the gamer collective doesn’t lose their minds when we’re gifted with gameplay footage like the video above. From Software carved out a sizable chunk of the fantasy RPG market with Dark Souls, and Bloodborne is their attempt to blend that winning formula with some even more horrific-looking enemies and environments. This game cannot come soon enough.

Release: TBA 2015
Platforms: PS4

The Order: 1886

The PS4 has a decent number of horror exclusives, and among them is Ready at Dawn’s The Order: 1886. The game is set in Victorian era London and follows a secret order of soldiers who have been outfitted with awesome steampunk weaponry which they use in their war with human “half-breeds”, or werewolves.

Release: February 2015
Platforms: PS4

DayZ

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Dean Hall, the guy behind the original DayZ mod as well as its still in-development standalone dropped some news that I’m sure excited as many fans as it angered. PC will always be their priority, but the game will be soon coming to PS4 in a move that, according to Hall, will benefit both platforms.

Release: TBA
Platforms: PC, PS4

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