I don’t know if you’ve noticed this already, but this is an incredibly exciting time to be a horror fan. There are more new horror releases now than there’s ever been. We’ve seen multiple entries in franchises like Resident Evil and Silent Hill, as well as a slew of quality indie horror games from devs like Frictional Games (Amnesia), Blue Isle (Slender: The Arrival), and Red Barrels (Outlast), among others. Perhaps what’s most exciting about this recent surge of popularity the genre’s seeing are the hints at where it’s headed next.
Five years ago action horror was the thing. As popular series like Resident Evil (RE4-5) and Silent Hill (Homecoming) strayed away from their survival horror roots and newcomers like Dead Space and Left 4 Dead saw great success, for a while it looked like the final nails were being hammered into the beloved subgenre’s coffin. Don’t get me wrong, action horror is still big now, but after the relative failures of Resident Evil 6 and Dead Space 3, I no longer see it becoming the norm. Between games like the six I have waiting for you after the break, it looks like survival horror is coming back, and this time it’s returning in a far more terrifying form.
That’s a tall order, comparing Red Barrels’ upcoming survival horror game Outlast to what many consider to be the scariest game of all time. Sadly, we weren’t able to attend PAX this year, even though we really, really wanted to. That means we missed out on the first public demo for Outlast, a game that aims to continue the increasingly popular trend of throwing the player in a dangerous environment unarmed. More horror games are taking this idea and running with it, including Daylight, Slender: The Arrival, Huntsman: The Orphanage, Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs, and so many more.
That’s not the only trend I noticed. Of the sites that were able to get their hands on the game, many of them compared Outlast to Amnesia: The Dark Descent — some even going so far as to say it’s even scarier. More after the break.
Outlast, the debut game from indie developer Red Barrels will be playable to the public for the first time at PAX East later this month (March 22-24). “We got a huge amount of fantastic, positive feedback when we unveiled Outlast a few months back, so we knew we wanted to provide gamers with a chance to play it as soon as possible,” said Red Barrels co-founder David Chateauneuf in a press release. The game looks terrifying to me, but don’t take my word for it — check out the trailer after the break.
THE RESULTS ARE IN!
It’s that time of the year again, folks! I hope you aren’t too tired from all the egg nogging, snowman crafting, slay bell jingling, and sloppy mistletoe kissing you undoubtedly put yourself through last month, because we have some voting to do. For the unfamiliar, the FEAR Awards is something we started here at Bloody Disgusting back in 2009 when we realized there are a ton of best and worst games lists and awards, but none that gave much attention to the horror genre. We decided to create this so we could celebrate the many horror (and horror adjacent) games that release every year.
This year we’re doing things a little differently. Every day we’re going to post a category and a batch of nominees for you to vote on, then when the votes are tallied we’ll reveal the results. Today we’re asking which horror game that’s releasing this year has you the most excited — vote after the break!
Happy Halloween! I have the tricks if you have my treats. Actually, I have treats too, and they’re coming in the form of special Halloween trailers from several upcoming games. The first one is an extended look at Outlast — a survival horror game from new startup Red Barrels Games that should definitely be on your radar if it isn’t already. This game looks terrifying, and if it plays anything like what we see in this trailer, I can see it becoming the next big survival horror game. I’d call it the Amnesia of next year, but with A Machine for Pigs, we kinda already have that. Check out the trailer after the break.
If I had to use a word to describe this countdown, I’d choose epic. I might also choose foamy because that’s a word I never get to use outside of Starbucks, where I like to yell “MAKE IT EXTRA FOAMY” at the barista. Yeah, I like my foam. As great as this year has been for horror fans, 2013 looks like it might be even better. That’s crazy, seeing as we’ve had three Silent Hills, three Resident Evils, two Alan Wakes (sort of), The Walking Dead, and a bunch of other games that all released with the sole purpose of making our lives just a wee bit better. Oh, and money. Actually, that was their main purpose.
Check out our epic conclusion to our countdown of the twelve horror games you should definitely have on your radar after the break.
The horror genre isn’t exactly known for its excess of successful games. You have a select few, your Resident Evils and Dead Spaces, that manage to consistently sell well, but for the most part, it’s difficult to find success in this genre. That only makes brand new startup Red Barrels Games’ first project, a survival horror game called Outlast, all the more ambitious. Founded by industry veterans, including several of the minds behind Prince of Persia, Assassin’s Creed, and Splinter Cell — at the very least we can take comfort in knowing this team knows what they’re doing.
Oh, and by brains, I don’t mean the brain-munching undead. When discussing their goals for Outlast, studio co-founder Philippe Morin said “There are already a lot of great games out there about terrifying monsters that eat brains; we want Outlast’s to be scary because you’ll know the enemies you face still have them.” Enemies with brains? Color me intrigued. Head past the jump for our first look at the game in its freaky debut teaser.