Top Upcoming Horror Video Games of 2018

The best upcoming horror titles of 2018.

Note: Article was updated in March of 2018.

2018 is quickly approaching and with it will come a slew of new video game titles to look forward to playing. With that said, now’s a good time to start marking down what video games to keep an eye on when they officially launch next year. Let us lend a hand, in this list, in particular, we’re going over the top horror video games launching in 2018.

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Days Gone
  • Developer: SIE Bend Studio
  • Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
  • Platforms: PS4
  • Release: DELAYED 2019

Days Gone is an upcoming action-adventure title surrounding a post-apocalyptic world setting. Players take on the role of a man named Deacon St. John, who was once a former bounty hunter. Now that the world has gone awry and a global pandemic has killed off nearly all humanity, Deacon St. John will have to use his bounty hunter skills to survive in a world full of insane gangs and zombie-like creatures.

This will be an open world video game where developers have stated that the players within the game can complete various tasks multiple different ways. As it stands right now, Days Gone does not have a specific release date attached to the title just yet but it’s expected to launch at some point this coming year, 2018.

State of Decay 2
  • Developer: Undead Labs
  • Publisher: Microsoft Studios
  • Platforms: PC, XB1
  • Release Date: May 22, 2018

There are not too many details released for State of Decay 2 as of right now. We do know that this video game is a sequel to the 2013 State of Decay and will focus heavily on cooperative gameplay with up to three other players.

Overall, State of Decay 2 is a zombie-survival game that lets players have their own unique story. While battling zombies is very much a key aspect of the upcoming title release, players are encouraged to work together in setting up their own community that’s able to successfully take out the undead threat.

System Shock
  • Developer: Night Dive Studios
  • Publisher: Night Dive Studios
  • Platforms: PC, PS4, XBO
  • Release: On Hold

If you enjoyed System Shock back when it first released in 1994, next year, 2018, players will be given the chance to once again enjoy the System Shock journey through a remake. The video game is being developed by Night Dive Studios which will retell the narrative journey of a nameless hacker who gets swindled into working with the TriOptimum Corporation, a company the hacker previously attempted to hack and steal files from.

As mentioned, System Shock originally released back in 1994 where it was praised by critics and was a commercial success leading to a sequel to release under the development studios Looking Glass Studios and Irrational Games. We’re interested in seeing just how well the remake will do in today’s market.

We Happy Few
  • Developer: Compulsion Games
  • Publisher: Gearbox Publishing
  • Platforms: PC, PS4, XBO
  • Release: April 13, 2018

We Happy Few is an upcoming indie survival horror video game that comes from developers Compulsion Games, previously known for their release of Contrast. Overall, within the game, players are set in an alternative timeline in Europe where citizens are forced to consume a daily drug, hindering them away from the realities of the world.

Our protagonist has refused to accept the drug one day and becomes opened to the harsh horror world that he’s trapped within. However, without the drug, enforcers begin to hunt and track you down, ridding our protagonist once and for all.

  • Developer: Ebb Software
  • Publisher: Ebb Software
  • Platforms:  PC
  • Release: October 2018

The horror title Scorn is all about immersion with the video game tossing players into a creepy atmospheric world that’s filled with grotesque creatures. One of the ways that Ebb Software is hoping to immerse players into this nightmarish world is by playing the entire game without any cutscenes. In fact, according to the past Kickstarter campaign page, Scorn doesn’t have a conventional plot but instead allows players to interpret the events and themes.

Another interesting aspect that will hopefully allow players to go through Scorn without being taken out of the gameplay experience is that the title will not have a HUD displays. Everything within the world is living and as players progress through the game, new areas will open up, however, don’t expect Scorn to hold your hand. You’ll have to think carefully about how to complete tasks and accomplish game goals.

Moons of Madness
  • Developer: Rock Pocket Games
  • Publisher: Rock Pocket Games
  • Platforms: PC
  • Release: 2018

Within Moons of Madness, players take on the role of an astronaut named Shane Newart who begins to battle hallucinations. Throughout the game, players will be tasked with exploring a research station called Trailblazer Alpha while solving puzzles in an attempt to solve the supernatural elements that seem to be surrounding the astronaut.

Unfortunately, there’s no set release date attached to the video game quite yet other than an expected release sometime in 2018.

Hunt: Showdown
  • Developer: Cryek
  • Publisher: Crytek
  • Platforms: PC
  • Release: February 22, 2018

From development team Crytek comes Hunt: Showdown. Acting as a spiritual successor to Darksiders, Hunt: Showdown has players facing each other in a PvP bounty hunting video game. However, the spin on this title is that the setting takes place in a rural nightmarish Louisiana swampland.

Not only will you be hunting or being hunted by other players, you’ll have to be careful of your surroundings for the lurking monsters.

Overkill’s The Walking Dead
  • Developer: Overkill Software
  • Publisher: Starbreeze Studios, 505 Games
  • Platforms: PC, PS4, XB1
  • Release: 2018

The Walking Dead is an upcoming first-person co-op shooter based on The Walking Dead franchise. Players will have to survive together in a world that has been dominated by mindless flesh-eating walkers.

Within the game we know that players will have four different playable characters with their own abilities and play styles. With that said, the game will offer four player co-op to go through the narrative journey. Likewise, the game is said to take place in Washington, D.C. and the game will take place in the comic book universe.

The Forest
  • Developer: Endnight Games
  • Publisher: Endnight Games
  • Platform: PC, PS4
  • Release Date: TBA 2018

The Forest is finally coming out of its early access stage this year. Within the game, players take on the role of a man named Eric who is on a flight with his son. However, the duo finds themselves crashing down into an island where Eric witnesses his son being kidnapped.

Overall, the game is a mix between a horror title and a survival game. Within the island are cannibalistic tribe members that are keeping close eyes on Eric.

As the game progresses, players will have to set up protection against the raids and hostilities of the tribe though outside of the exploration and aim for survival, there are no set missions or goals.

However, the developers have included an optional ending to the game if players wish to progress and seek it out.

  • Developer: SadSquare Studio
  • Publisher: SadSquare Studio
  • Platforms: PC
  • Release: 2018

Visage is a spiritual successor to P.T., the teaser game that was set to be Silent Hills before it was cancelled. Overall, the game takes place in an unknown home as the fight a supernatural entity.

Dozens of families have lived within the home where many of them died brutally while others were able to live their lives out normally without any harm.

As players progress through the game, they will learn more about the history of this horrific home.

 Remothered: Tormented Father’s
  • Developer: Stormind Games
  •  Publisher: Darril Arts
  • Platforms: PC
  • Release: January 30, 2018

Remothered: Tormented Father’s is a psychological horror game that follows Rosemary Reed, a woman who is seeking out the disappearance of a young girl named Celeste. However, during her investigate, reality seems to drift away.

Within this psychological thriller, players will have the ability to play the game in a variety of ways. Gamers can opt to be more strategic, stealthy, or simply attempt to overpower the enemies as an action game.

Likewise, players won’t have a health bar to gauge how their character is doing so you’ll need to keep a close eye on how the character’s body is holding up.

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