Well, 2017 is a memory, and there were many great reasons for horror fans to pick up a controller or keyboard. But now 2018 is upon us, and the question is: What’s in store for horror gamers this year? Fret not, we’ve got a whole list of games to keep an eye out for this year. And yes, some of these are technically from 2017 (due to Early Access on Steam and such), but they’re also technically having their final version released this year, so there you go.
Agony – March 30, 2018 for PC, XBox One and PlayStation 4
We’ve been in, well, agony waiting for this game to come out. Originally announced in a Kickstarter back in 2016, the game has gone through setbacks (for good reasons, though), but at least March isn’t too far off. And judging from the game’s Facebook page, things are getting quite interesting.
Hunt: Showdown – Closed Beta January 31st, 2018 for PC, XBox One and PlayStation 4
Hunt: Showdown has had its fair share of turbulence, seeing as the game was announced way back in 2014. After getting a massive overhaul (including a name change), the game looks to be back on track. It still isn’t fully complete, but a Closed Alpha is progress.
System Shock – Q2 2018 for PC, XBox One and PlayStation 4
How sweet would it be to have an overlooked classic like System Shock get a modern update that finally sets things right? Nightdive seems to know what they’re doing, even if they had to take a step back during the switch from Unity to Unreal Engine. Still, the chance to roam Citadel Station once again is worth the wait.
Scorn – October 2018 for PC
As our own John Squires said, Scorn is probably what hell would look like if Giger himself designed it. Scorn is still a ways off, and like Hunt: Showdown, this puppy’s been in development since 2014. Developers Ebb Software can’t be blamed for being complacent, as they’ve stated that they want to “create a broad gameplay experience”. Whether it’ll be ready by October is another story.
Days Gone – 2018 for PlayStation 4
Yet another game that’s been in the works for some time, Days Gone is, according to Sony, on its way this year. A mix of Sons of Anarchy and The Walking Dead, the video from last year’s E3 got a ton of people excited. Hopefully that excitement leads to something other than another delay.
Overkill’s The Walking Dead – Fall 2018 for PC, XBox One and PlayStation 4
Speaking of The Walking Dead, Overkill have been at work on this one for (surprise!) a while now. But with a cool teaser last month, the delays might all be forgiven if the game delivers.
We Happy Few – Summer 2018 for PC, XBox One and PlayStation 4
Yes, this dystopian indie game has already been “released” via Early Access, but it doesn’t receive its official final release until this summer. You can still spring for the rather pricey Collector’s Edition before then. Then there’s also that proposed film in development…
Moons of Madness – Q2/3 2018 for PC, XBox One and PlayStation 4
Rock Pocket Games and their Cthulhu-inspired sci-fi adventurer are going for a character-driven fare mashed up with The Martain, and I can’t say that I couldn’t be more intrigued with the delightful psychological horror the story could hold. It’s a shame that we’ll have to wait a while yet for the game.
State of Decay 2 – 2018 for PC and XBox One
Undead Labs’ State of Decay had flack thrown its way for its lack of co-op multiplayer. That and more looks to have been fixed with the sequel, which will allow players to join up to three friends in their zombie mashing exploits.
Visage – 2018 for PC, XBox One and PlayStation 4
After the demise of P.T., two projects sprung up in an attempt to take its place: Allison Road and Visage. Both projects have been slow to update, with Allison Road being canceled, and then being brought back. Visage, on the other hand, has been steadily progressing (according to its Kickstarter page, at least), and seems set for a release soon.
The Inpatient – January 23, 2018 for PlayStation VR
Yep, it’s about time that this one came out after its two-month delay. Another psychological horror title, it’ll be great to revisit the Until Dawn universe (set sixty years prior to the original game), this time in VR!
Call of Cthulhu: The Official Video Game – 2018 for PC, XBox One and PlayStation 4
The other Cthulhu game scheduled this year, even though the official website lists its release date as “to be announced”. Based on pen-and-paper RPGs, the game will blend psychological and Lovecraftian horror elements with its gameplay, tasking players with solving the mystery behind the death of an entire family, which eventually is revealed to be linked to the revival of Cthulhu.
DayZ – 2018 PC, XBox One and (potentially) PlayStation 4
Bohemia Interactive are pushing their game to be released this year, though when 1.0 is going to be out isn’t clear (despite heading out of Early Access). Then there are those XBox One and PlayStation 4 ports (even though the PS4 wasn’t mentioned in the dev’s post on Steam) and the missed beta. But good on the team for acknowledging the latter.
The Forest – 2018 for PC and PlayStation 4
Set to come out of Early Access this year, there was that PlayStation 4 trailer last month that gave some reprieve to fans who have been waiting since 2015 to get their hands on this one. Plus, who doesn’t want to kill cannibals?
Vampyr – Q1/Q2 2018 for PC, XBox One and PlayStation 4
Dontnod Entertainment seem to know their way around storytelling thanks to titles like Remember Me and Life is Strange. So if being a vampire in London during the midst of the 1918 Spanish flu epidemic didn’t sound cool enough from the start, then adding in some well-crafted story can’t be a bad thing.
Remothered: Tormented Fathers – 2018 for PC, XBox One and PlayStation 4
Darril Arts’ psychological horror creepfest Remothered will be coming out of Early Access on January 30th, which is a plus for PC gamers. Unfortunately, XBox One and PlayStation 4 owners will have to wait for a bit before the port. If you’re the impatient type, you can grab the game on Steam for a discount before the release date.