Top Upcoming Horror Video Games Of 2019

Note: This article was updated in June of 2019.

Enjoy horror titles? 2019 will have plenty of horror video games for you to enjoy and already have a list of some of the best slated to launch in the coming year. You’ll want to bookmark this list as we’ll continue to update it with brand new video game announcements and updates.

Without further ado, here is our picks for the top upcoming horror games of 2019.


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Blair Witch

  • Developer: Bloober Team
  • Publisher: Bloober Team
  • Platforms: PC, XBO
  • Release: August 30, 2019

Blair Witch started out as an indie film project that took off. This horror movie followed a group of student filmmakers as they embark in the woods shooting a documentary about an urban legend known as the Blair Witch. Things quickly turn for the worse and the crew ends up dead, but the film continued to live on and spark quite a big franchise including additional movies, novels, television series, and games. In fact, a new Blair Witch video game was unveiled during E3 2019 which is being produced by Bloober Team.

Not too many details were given out quite yet about the game but we do know its based off of the film franchise. This will be a first-person horror game where so far we see a man and his beloved K9 companion venture off into the woods were they are soon harassed by some otherworldly elements. This game is slated to launch on August 30, 2019, so we imagine more details about the game will come sooner rather than later.


World War Z

  • Developer: Saber Interactive
  • Publisher: Focus Home Interactive
  • Platforms: PC, PS4, XBO
  • Release: April 16, 2019

World of War Z may be known for its novel or the cinematic movie but this year we got a video game release that follows more of the narrative medium. Players will be facing against a swarm of undead zombies in a few different areas around the world. It’s not necessarily a horror game with zombies that act like the Resident Evil franchise. Instead of the conserving ammo and finding solutions to puzzles, World War Z acts more like the Left 4 Dead series.

Ideally, players would be getting together online and going through the game cooperatively. The game has since been released and we got our hands on it already. If you want our take on the game with some gameplay footage shown then we suggest checking out our Before You Buy episode upload which you can view right above.


The Last of Us Part 2

  • Developer: Naughty Dog
  • Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
  • Platforms: PS4
  • Release: TBA

Since the late 1990s, Naughty Dog became a household name for Sony fans. From developing Crash Bandicoot, Jax and Daxter and the Uncharted series, chances are you’ve played at least through one of these franchises.

In 2013, if you didn’t already own a PlayStation 3, Naughty Dog gave you a reason to pick one up. The Last of Us released to become a massive hit and won countless awards. In fact, just a year later, the game received a remastered edition for the PlayStation 4.

Overall, without spoiling too much of the narrative, The Last of Us is a post-apocalyptic action-adventure game. Most of the world has been turned into a fungus-like zombie while players predominantly took control of an older man named Joel. Throughout the game, Joel is traveling across the country to protect and deliver a young girl named Ellie to a government opposing group. This sequel looks to take place a few years after the events of the first game and we’re wondering just what horrors will our protagonists have to deal with this time around.

From the brief footage shown off, it looks like the human faction groups are becoming more of a threat rather than dealing with the creatures that lurk the city outskirts. Regardless, this is one title that is definitely on PS4 owners lists to pick up this year.


Resident Evil 2

  • Developer: Capcom
  • Publisher: Capcom
  • Platforms: PC, XBO, PS4
  • Release: January 25, 2019

Resident Evil 2, after fans were patiently waiting for the remake, has finally released into the market. Gamers can once again relive the enjoyment they had as Leon Kennedy and Clair Redfield as they attempt to escape Raccoon City after the T-Virus plague resulted in most of the citizens turning into mindless zombies. Best of all, the game is a big hit and if you enjoy classic survival horror games, this is one title you will not want to miss out on.

The remake brought in an overhaul to the visuals which made the game look fresh and defined. However, there were some changes to the game overall such as the game mechanics such as removing the tank controls that were standard years ago to a more acceptable third-person mechanics found in today’s latest releases. Likewise, there was a change to the camera system as players won’t be dealing with a fixed camera perspective. Instead, the development team decided to bring in the camera and feature it over-the-shoulder, bringing the player closer into the action.


Days Gone

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

Days Gone is the upcoming video game being developed by SIE Bend Studio that was originally slated to be released in 2018. Now the game is set to launch in early 2019 where players will be tossed into a post-apocalyptic world in which humanity is suffering from mindless zombie-like creatures.

Within the game, players will be taking on the role of a Deacon St. John who was once a bounty hunter. However, now that the world has been completely turned upside-down, Deacon will have to use his bounty hunter skills to keep him alive on a daily basis.


Luigi’s Mansion 3

  • Developer: Nintendo
  • Publisher: Nintendo
  • Platforms: NS
  • Release: 2019

The Luigi’s Mansion series doesn’t have very many installments attached. During a September 2018 Nintendo Direct, Nintendo revealed that Luigi’s Mansion 3 is being developed for the Nintendo Switch. Unfortunately, we didn’t get any details as to what this third installment will entail quite yet, but it’s supposedly coming into the market in 2019.

Now this game is drastically tame compared to other titles on this list. In fact, you would probably overlook this game as a horror title when searching for something new to play. However, if you have a younger family member who wants something a bit scary to play that’s suitable for their age then this is likely going to be a great option. Of course, with that said this game has a massive following and its one we don’t expect too many will be passing on when it launches later this year.

Luigi will once again star in this video game as he takes on an assortment of ghosts and haunting. As mentioned, this is the third installment though we don’t expect that you will necessarily have to play the previous two installments in order to enjoy this one.


The Blackout Club

  • Developer: Question
  • Publisher: Question
  • Platforms: PC, PS4, XBO
  • Release: 2019

The Blackout Club is centered around a mystery. Teenagers from a small town have started to blackout and wake up randomly at a different location with no knowledge as to what had happened. This occurrence becomes a normal situation that the teens must deal with until they band together and figure out just what is going on.

This is a co-op style video game in which players can team up and carefully execute their plans to find out the reason for the blackouts and gather proof in order to share with police and parents. Currently, the video game is slated to launch at some point in 2019.


Someday you’ll return

  • Developer: CBE Software
  • Publisher: CBE Software
  • Platforms: PC
  • Release: 2019

Someday You’ll Return is an upcoming psychological horror game that puts players deep into the woods in search of the protagonist’s daughter. Within the game, our protagonist has vowed to never return to these woods, but now to seek out your daughter’s safe return, you must venture into the unknown once again.

This seems to be a deep narrative journey as well which will give players plenty of mature themes to go through. As you venture deeper into the woods you’ll uncover deep dark secrets along with fatherhood concepts and past incidents.


Man of Medan

  • Developer: Supermassive Games
  • Publisher: Bandai Namco
  • Platforms: PC, PS4, XBO
  • Release: 2019

Supermassive Games has already a nice track record when it comes to horror titles as the development studio brought out an iconic hit for the PlayStation 4 in the form of Until Dawn. The video game series has received a couple spinoff titles of its own though now the developers are looking at a new trilogy of titles set to also be horror titles.

The developers are calling it The Dark Anthology with the first title being Man of Medan. So far we know that the game will feature a cast of characters that, much like Until Dawn, can all be killed. This time around players will be diving into the sea with a group of friends in search of sunken treasure but it turns out that there’s something else lurking in the depths below.


Unholy

  • Developer: Duality Games
  • Publisher: Duality Games
  • Platforms: PC
  • Release: 2019

Unholy is a rather interesting horror title in terms of the narrative. Players take the role of a mother named Saidah, one of the last remaining humans living in the Last City. This city is operated by a class style system where humans are regarded as the bottom tier while other creatures thrive above. Each day there is a fear of higher ranked classes crashing below and overtaking the area, as a result, humans are forced to live in shadows. One day Saidah’s child is abducted resulting in her risking her life when seeking clues.

Most of the game will rely on being stealthy and even using items to help impersonate a creature of a particular class. As mentioned, stealth is mainly the approach you’ll need to go through the game, but it does seem that there are some combat elements. However, know that these bodies could attract others to search the area making any death risky. Currently, Unholy is slated to launch at some point this year.


The Peterson Case

  • Developer: Quarter Circle Games
  • Publisher: Quarter Circle Games
  • Platforms: PC, PS4, XBO
  • Release: 2019

Those of you who enjoyed cult classics like the X-Files or Twin Peaks may instantly be intrigued by The Peterson Case. This is a video game that follows a detective on a case that’s been passed on from one detective to another. Set in Roswell, USA, shortly after the whole UFO incident, players set off to discover what happened to the Peterson family. This is a family that just up and vanished with no traces of what happened. Now’s your chance to dive in and seek out the truth, but you’ll want to tread lightly as more reports have been coming through the news of new otherworldly creatures appearing across the country.

This is a first-person survival horror title. Players will be exploring, keeping to the shadows and solving a series of puzzles. We know that the development team is pushing for a more atmospheric experience, so think Amnesia and the Silent Hill series as examples. Likewise, the footage shown off does give a The Vanishing of Ethan Carter style vibe with both investigation and exploration.


Layers of Fear 2

  • Developer: Bloober Team
  • Publisher: Gun Media
  • Platforms: PC, PS4, XBO
  • Release: 2019

If you enjoyed Layers of Fear then you will want to make note of its sequel set to release at some point this year. Development studio Bloober Team is keeping news regarding the game a bit undisclosed right now so don’t expect too many details at the moment. What we do know is that the game will be featuring an actor who is mad and quickly unhinging as you progress through the game, but again, the finer details have yet to be really released to the masses. We can, however, expect the same overall feel and vibe from the initial installment such as the game featuring a first-person perspective.

Developers also crafted the game to be a psychological horror title full of jump scares with a heavy narrative story to keep players exploring along with solving puzzles. The one big change we know so far about this title compared to the original is that the development team will be working with Gun Media, known for Friday the 13th: The Game, when it comes to publishing.


The Beast Inside

  • Developer: Illusion Ray Studio
  • Publisher: Movie Games S.A., PlayWay S.A.
  • Platforms: PC
  • Release: 2019

The Beast Inside comes from a successful Kickstarter campaign. From development team, Illusion Ray Studio, players will be diving into a horror adventure title. Within the game, the story will follow Adam, a CIA cryptanalyst, who decides to move into the country with his wife to deal with work regarding the Cold War. Things go south very fast when Adam discovers an old journal in the antic of his new home which was owned by a man named Nicolas, who was dealing with some strange supernatural horrors during the Civil War era. With the journal opened, it seems that the supernatural elements have once again appeared within the home and surrounding areas. Players will then go through the game taking control of both Adam and Nicolas in their time periods.

Gameplay is in the first-person perspective and while footage has shown the protagonist fighting off a hostile enemy with a weapon, it seems the focus in terms of gameplay is puzzle solving and exploration. Gathering clues is basically the goal while you hide and run away from the enemies. While the Kickstarter campaign managed to raise the funds and an expected release date was March of this year, there hasn’t been a strong release date set for when the game will hit the marketplace.


Apsulov: End of Gods

  • Developer: Angry Demon Studio
  • Publisher: Angry Demon Studio
  • Platforms: PC
  • Release: 2019

A cyberpunk futuristic horror game set within the Norse mythology is coming this year called Apsulov: End of Gods. The game is being developed under Angry Demon Studios and it tells a story of a man who uncovers an ancient structure that was built up and stored far beneath the ground. When our protagonist dwells within it, he unknowingly unleashes a being who will once against an attempt to deliver destruction and misery onto the human realm. This is another atmospheric style horror game where players are going through these detailed landmarks searching for clues and ridding the world from this unknown god of destruction. Furthermore, we may actually see some augmentations used for the protagonist such as eyes that can showcase hidden items or clues, but we’re still a good ways off from the title launching. Developers are seeking a launch within the third quarter of this year so more news is likely to be shared to the public in the coming months.


The Sinking City

  • Developer: Frogwares
  • Publisher: Bigben Interactive
  • Platforms: PC, PS4, XBO
  • Release: March 21, 2019

The Sinking City is set in the 1920s in an East Coast city of the United States. Players will find that their town has been flooded and with it comes a slew of supernatural enemies. Ultimately, no one knows what’s going on with the town, creatures are running rampant, and most of all, the minds of those who live within the city are going mad. Players take on the role of an investigator who is fighting to keep his sanity, fight off the enemies that dwell within the city and find out just what in the world is going on. Unlike some of the other titles in this list, there will be a bit more gunplay involved along with optional choices. That’s a big part of the game as players will have a series of choices and actions that will determine the ending a player will receive.

Frogwares, development team, have delivered a wide range of Sherlock Holmes based video games. As a result, they know how to deliver a mystery and mechanics for a video game that is heavily based around investigations. Tossing in the element of The Sinking City being part of the H.P. Lovecraft universe and you have a horror title that’s well worth checking out when it finally hits the market on March 21, 2019.


Pathologic 2

  • Developer: Ice-Pick Lodge
  • Publisher: tinyBuild
  • Platforms: PC
  • Release: 2019

Pathologic 2 is an upcoming horror title based around a town that is plagued by disease.  Most citizens have written the town off but few still hold on hope and as a result, there must be a cleansing to rid of those infected. Throughout the game players will not only have to battle against the plague but also loot, murder, mug, steal, barter, beg your way to the end. Players take the role of three different characters, much like the first installment but unlike the first installment, the game will be released in parts. Those who want to dive into the game sooner than later may be delighted to know the horrors you’ll encounter won’t be too far out. This title is being developed by Ice-Pick Lodge which was hit with an economic crisis in Russia and as a result, funding for the game was drastically reduced.

Instead of giving up the development team opted to release the game in a new approach. Rather than having players wait, the development team is opting to bring the game out in three different parts, the first being the Haruspex, followed by the Bachelor and lastly the Changeling. This was done to allow gamers to jump into the game sooner rather than having to wait for the full release which may not be until the end of this year.


Devotion

  • Developer: RedCandleGame
  • Publisher: Indievent Winking Skywalker
  • Platforms: PC
  • Release: February 19, 2019

The development team that brought out Detention has a new horror game that you can enjoy today. We’re referring to Devotion, a first-person perspective horror title that follows a man who finds his apartment slowly shifting into an alternate time. This place that was once called home is now finding the past budding its head out. Apparently, a family that lived within the place prior which was deeply rooted in their religious beliefs becomes a horrific nightmare for protagonist trapped in this new hellish world. Designed to showcase Taiwanese and East Asian folklore, gamers can set aside a day to dwell into the terror RedCandleGames has developed. Unfortunately, that’s really all the time you need to set aside as this game is not as lengthy as RedCandleGame’s previous release.