Top Upcoming Horror Games of 2017

The best upcoming horror games of 2017 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

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It doesn’t have to be Halloween to enjoy being terrified. Horror video games have been around for ages and we’ve certainly seen plenty of classic franchises truly blossom and inspire new incredible titles. 2017 seems to be a promising year for a wide array of horror video game titles.

We compiled some of our most anticipated horror video game titles launching throughout 2017. From games that put players into a truly terrifying atmosphere, a story that makes the hairs stand up on the back of our necks, to some more thrilling horror titles to enjoy with a friend. Check out our list of the top upcoming horror video games of 2017.

As always, let us know what horror titles you’re looking forward to playing most next year by leaving a comment down below!


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Allison Road

Developer: Far From Home
Publisher: Far From Home
Platforms: PC
Release Date: TBA 2017

Allison Road gained attention from the video game industry as a spiritual successor to P.T., the playable teaser for the now cancelled video game Silent Hills. While first being declared cancelled on June 4, 2016, the video game would enter development once again on August 22, 2016.

Gameplay is similar to P.T., where players will go through the game in a first-person perspective as they uncover clues and defeat a supernatural entity. As for the overall story, developers are keeping gamers mostly guessing as to what they can expect.

From what we know so far, the game will have players taking on the role of an unnamed protagonist as he roams around his home with suggestions that his family was a victim of a heinous crime. As the game progresses, players will have to fight against an unknown force that could very well be his family from the afterlife.


Friday The 13th: The Game

Developer: IllFonic, Gun Media
Publisher: Gun Media
Platforms: PC, PS4, XB1
Release Date: TBA 2017

Normally video game adaptations of movies are a bit sub par, but we have high hopes for the upcoming Friday the 13th: The Game. This is an upcoming video game title that heavily focuses on multiplayer gameplay.

Friday the 13th: The Game can support up to eight players, seven of which are camp counselors while one will take on the role of Jason Voorhees. There are two end goals to the game, the players will work together in order to defeat Jason while the main enemy player will search and slaughter the hidden camp counselors.

Currently, the video game will focus on the multiplayer aspect, though a single-player campaign is in the talks despite the Kickstarter campaign failing to reach the stretch goal supporting the development costs.


Resident Evil 7

Developer: Capcom
Publisher: Capcom
Platforms: PC, PS4, XB1
Release Date: January 24, 2017

Resident Evil 7 is generating quite a bit of buzz. This upcoming installment is changing a few things up such as players will be going through the game in a first-person perspective. Likewise, Capcom seems to be going back to the original tone of the Resident Evil franchise with less action-oriented moments and a more survival-horror atmosphere.

The game is set to take place four years after the events of Resident Evil 6, in a fictional city of Dulvey, Louisiana. Players will be taking on the role of Ethan, a man who is searching for his missing wife, which leads him into a derelict plantation mansion which is home to the oddity Baker family.

It seems that Ethan will have to escape from the cannibalistic Baker family while also searching for clues of his missing wife. To give players an extra little scare, Capcom is adding PlayStation VR functionality to the game.


Outlast 2

Developer: Red Barrels
Publisher: Red Barrels
Platforms: PC, PS4, XB1
Release Date: TBA 2017

Outlast 2, by development team Red Barrels, will follow similar game mechanics of the first installment to the survival-horror franchise. Players this time around will take on the role of Blake Langermann, an investigative journalist, and cameraman, alongside his wife, as they uncover clues to a murder of a pregnant woman.

In their journey, Blake and his wife become separated after their helicopter crashes. Much like the past installment, players are not suited with the ability to combat the enemy forces. Instead, our protagonist will mostly have to hide and run away from any danger.

However, since Blake is already a cameraman, he is equipped with a more advanced camera that will offer clearer footage, zoom, an audio detection system, and of course night vision. Gamers will still have to hunt down new batteries for the camera when it drains from night vision use just as they did before.


The Walking Dead

Developer: Overkill Software
Publisher: Starbreeze Studios, 505 Games
Platforms: PC, PS4, XB1
Release Date: TBA 2017

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

While details surrounding the video game narrative have yet to be fully fleshed out to the public, the development team has announced that a VR version of the game will be launching for the game as well. Unfortunately, the VR-experience to the video game does not have a date attached to it.


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Developer: Capcom
Publisher: Capcom
Platforms: TBA
Release Date: TBA 2017

Much like the first installment of the Resident Evil franchise, Resident Evil 2 will soon receive its own full HD remake. The video game doesn’t have too many details out yet though we doubt there will be several drastic changes from the original Resident Evil 2 video game that launched back in 1998.

However, one thing is for sure, this is a remake built from the ground up rather than a remastered edition. Unfortunately, there’s no release date or specific platforms announced for the video game though it’s likely the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC platforms will be receiving the title. What’s uncertain is if we’ll also see the Nintendo Switch also receive the video game.


We Happy Few

Developer: Compulsion Games
Publisher: Compulsion Games
Platforms: PC, PS4, XB1
Release Date: TBA 2017

We Happy Few allow players to step into a world where society has been controlled by taking away their emotions and morals. The video game being developed by Compulsion Games takes place in a fictional English city that follows an alternate timeline of events after World War II.

Now as humanity strives to live a better life within the 1960s, they’ve become accustomed to a new law and order, one of which that requires all citizens to consume a drug regularly. This drug blinds citizens of the real world, allowing them to only see joy. Gamers will take on the role of three individuals who decide to pass on their drug intake to complete a task that is not only important to each individual by personal.

Being discovered as a “downer”, or a person who refused to take their drug dosage, the city is out for blood wishing to cleanse you from stumbling out from the chosen path the government laid before you.


The Walking Dead Season 3

Developer: Telltale Games
Publisher: Telltale Games
Platforms: PC, PS3, PS4, PSV, X360, XB1, Mobile
Release Date: TBA 2016-2017

Telltale Games has had plenty of successfully video game hits based off of popular media franchises, one of which being The Walking Dead. This will be the third season of the Telltale Games The Walking Dead franchise and its set to draw in new players.

Season three is set to take place several years after The Walking Dead season two and it will tie in all the possible endings that players could have experienced from the previous season installments. Once again, players will be taking on the role of Clementine who has been looking after AJ, the infant she rescued at the end of season two.

Being an episodic video game release, the first episode of season three is expected to launch towards the end of this year with future episodes releasing in early 2017.


Dead Island 2

Developer: Sumo Digital
Publisher: Deep Silver
Platforms: PC, PS4, XB1
Release Date: TBA 2017

Dead Island 2 was unveiled during E3 2014 and we’re still eagerly waiting for the title to release. Set to be the third installment to the Dead Island series, Dead Island 2 is said to feature a new open world taking players to Los Angeles, San Francisco, and another undisclosed location within California.

Overall, the story follows several months after the events of Dead Island, where the United States Armed Forces have put all of California in a full quarantine due to the zombie outbreak. The video game itself has had a rocky development process with the title originally slated to launch in 2016.

However, with Sumo Digital taking over the video game development, it’s expected that the title will see a release at some point in 2017.


Visage

Developer: SadSquare Studio
Publisher: SadSquare Studio
Platforms: PC
Release Date: January 2017

Similar to Allison Road, a title we covered above, Visage is another spiritual successor to P.T. which places the gamer into an unknown home as the fight a supernatural entity. Again, much like Allison Road, not too many details have been revealed for the game.

What we do know is that the game will be based within a massive home that has been around for centuries. 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.


P.A.M.E.L.A.

Developer: NVYVE Studios
Publisher: NVYVE Studios
Platforms: PC
Release Date: February 2017

P.AM.E.L.A. is a video game currently in development by NVYVE Studios. This particular title is set in a fictional utopian city known as Eden. In this world, mankind strived to become a nation of perfection, though through the attempt of this goal, something went array and infected the city.

Players awake from a cryo-sleep in Eden to only find that the world was invested by a bug that has disfigured most of the individuals causing them to act unpredictable and at times hostile. This is an open-world video game where players will have to figure out what exactly happened as they explore, gather resources, and adapt to the full day/night cycle present within the game.


Scorn

Developer: Ebb Software
Publisher: Ebb Software
Platforms:  PC
Release Date: TBA 2017

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.


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