Top New 14 Horror Video Games Of 2021

Horror games are always popular and each year we get a new set of frightening horror video game experiences. 2020 we had some great horror games released and that’s going to continue on with 2021. If you’re after something to make your heart race with unexpected twists and turns, then check out our list down below. These are the best upcoming horror games slated to launch in 2021.


#14 Evil Dead: The Game

  • Developer: Saber Interactive
  • Publisher: Boss Team Games
  • Platforms: PS5, XSX/S, PS4, XBO, NS, PC
  • Release: 2021
  • Co-op: Online
  • Competitive Multiplayer: Online

Revealed during The Game Awards 2020 we received the announcement for Evil Dead: The Game. The game looks a lot like Dead By Daylight or Friday The 13th: The Game in which players take control of a character such as Ash and must work with a team to close an interdimensional portal. Set in the woods, it looks like a portal is allowing all sorts of monsters to come into our world.

This is a multiplayer-focused game so you can either play together as a group defending the world from these unwelcome inhabitants or you can take control of a demonic creature and fight against the group of players. We’re still waiting on more details to make their way out for this game but so far it does look like the development team over at Saber Interactive is pushing this game out sometime later this year.

#13 The Dark Pictures Anthology: House of Ashes

  • Developer: Supermassive Games
  • Publisher: Bandai Namco Entertainment
  • Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, XBO, XSX/S
  • Release: 2021
  • Co-op: N/A
  • Competitive Multiplayer: N/A

The development studio that has brought out Until Dawn, Supermassive Games, is bringing out a collection of horror titles. Known as The Dark Pictures Anthology, these titles are narrative-driven games. Just like Until Dawn, the video game titles are interactive dramas where you’re constantly controlling a group of characters through a survival horror campaign. There will be a few titles in this collection with the latest installment, Little Hope just releasing this past year.

Now the focus is on the next installment to this anthology series which is House of Ashes. You can expect the same style of gameplay and mechanics with this video game installment but the storyline will follow a Special Forces group heading into the Iraq War. After seeking weapons of mass destruction, the group ends up unearthing an old supernatural force and in order to survive, the conflicting sides have to work together.

#12 Returnal

  • Developer: Housemarque
  • Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment
  • Platforms: PS5
  • Release: March 19, 2021
  • Co-op: N/A
  • Competitive Multiplayer: N/A

Returnal is a game coming out from Housemarque. The title follows a woman trapped on a planet with a time loop as she sets off to find a means of escape. From what we can gather it looks like it will be a mixture of a third-person shooter with a roguelike setup. Each death will alter the world giving players a different set of levels to explore. However, it seems that the more often you die the sanity of your character will start to dwindle to nothing. For now, it looks like players can dive into this science fiction horror game within March of this year.

#11 The Medium

  • Developer: Bloober Team
  • Publisher: Bloober Team
  • Platforms: PC, XSX/S
  • Release: January 28, 2021
  • Co-op: N/A
  • Competitive Multiplayer: N/A

The Medium is set to be another psychological horror video game experience from Bloober Team. Here players will be taking the role of a woman that will be going through two different living worlds. Haunted by a child murderer, The Medium will follow a journey to track down and solve the murder case. This is a big game for Bloober Team as the development studio has made a note in the past on how they required next-generation consoles for this game to work as intended. Likewise, famed composer Akira Yamaoka from the Silent Hill franchise is working on the score for this project.

#10 System Shock Remake

  • Developer: Nightdive Studios
  • Publisher: Nightdive Studios
  • Platforms: PC, PS4, XBO
  • Release: TBA
  • Co-op: N/A
  • Competitive Multiplayer: N/A

In 1994, System Shock was a PC action-adventure title that put players on a space station in the year 2072 where your goal was to successfully hack and stop an artificial intelligence called SHODAN. Now, years later, we’re getting a remake developed by Nightdive Studios. After their successful Kickstarter campaign, the development team has been working on this game with hopes of getting it out into the market in early 2020. While the game will be a remake, the developers are adding new features and concepts though we’re not sure how deep the developers intend to go with new interpretations. The developers had already gone through a small hiatus for the title in the past but apparently, everything is back on track.

#9 Sons of the Forest

  • Developer: Endnight Games
  • Publisher: Endnight Games
  • Platforms: TBD
  • Release: TBD
  • Co-op: TBD
  • Competitive Multiplayer: TBD

You may recall The Forest from Endnight Games. The title released back in 2018 after being available in Early Access. Overall, the game was a survival title as players were stuck in the woods looking for a means of escape. Now a new sequel is in the works called Sons of the Forest. Unfortunately, there’s only one trailer available for the game and we’re not sure if it will release within the year. Despite this, players are seemingly taking a trek back into the woods as a means to hunt down the supernatural elements that lurk within it. We’re expecting quite an intense and horrifying experience, but for now, we just have to wait and see what Endnight Games has crafted up.

#8 State of Decay 3

  • Developer: Undead Labs
  • Publisher: Microsoft Game Studios
  • Platforms: XBO, PC
  • Release: TBA
  • Co-op: TBA
  • Competitive Multiplayer: TBA

State of Decay 3 is coming and fans can prepare for a new change of scenery along with hostile enemies. For the past two installments, State of Decay has been a survival zombie game. Set in the apocalypse, players had to endure the undead and scavenge for goods. It looks like there will be a couple of changes with the State of Decay 3 if the cinematic trailer is accurate to the game. We’ve only received one trailer for this game so far and it was just a cinematic teaser revealing the game is in development, but it looks like we are set for a winter-themed survival game.

This is the first for the series being in a cold tundra which would prompt some fans to assume that there will be a battle against the elements in order to stay alive. However, one of the biggest reveals was that there was a mutated undead deer which could mean that we’re not only fighting against zombies but infected animals as well. Again, we don’t have much to go off of right now, but the cinematic screaming zombie deer has us excited enough to keep tabs on this game.

#7 Stalker 2

  • Developer: GSC Game World
  • Publisher: GSC World Publishing
  • Platforms: XSX/S, PC
  • Release: 2021
  • Co-op: TBA
  • Competitive Multiplayer: TBA

Stalker 2 was something that developers really tried to get off the ground in the past. While development was going on for this title for a small period of time, it eventually came to an end. However, several years later GSC Game World got Stalker 2 back in development, although details are a bit scarce at the moment. We know that Stalker 2 will once again put players into a bounty hunter type of role where you’ll head into the Zone, an area heavily radiated over the Chernobyl incident. While you seek out loot and information, you’ll find yourself also being sought out by mutated hostiles. Likewise, a barrage of anomalies that will prove to be incredibly dangerous. 

#6 Scorn

  • Developer: Ebb Software
  • Publisher: Humble Bundle
  • Platforms: PC, XSX/S
  • Release: 2021
  • Co-op: N/A
  • Competitive Multiplayer: N/A

After not hitting the goals Ebb Software had hoped for when presenting Scorn on Kickstarter, the game managed to continue full production thanks to a private investor. This is an upcoming FPS horror title that doesn’t have much background information and it’s all for purpose.

The development studio is hoping players are thrown into this nightmarish world and from there are forced into exploring while fighting off grotesque monsters. As players explore they will uncover information about the organic world they’ll be exploring and perhaps some information about what exactly is going on within the campaign. As of right now, Scorn is set to be a 2021 release but so far there’s no specific release date attached to the game.

#5 Unholy

  • Developer: Duality Games
  • Publisher: Duality Games
  • Platforms: PC
  • Release: 2021
  • Co-op: N/A
  • Competitive Multiplayer: N/A

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, dead bodies could attract others to search the area making any kill risky. Currently, Unholy is slated to launch at some point in 2021.

#4 GhostWire: Tokyo
  • Developer: Tango Gameworks
  • Publisher: Bethesda
  • Platforms: PS5, PC
  • Release: 2021
  • Co-op: TBA
  • Competitive Multiplayer: TBA

From Tango Gameworks, the developers behind The Evil Within series comes a new IP, GhostWire: Tokyo. This video game was unveiled during E3 2019 where we got a snippet of information. Acting as a third-person action type video game with spooky elements scattered without, players are in for a new kind of horror game from the development studio. We didn’t get a ton of information from the announcement presentation of GhostWire: Tokyo though we do know that as the title suggests, this game will be set within Tokyo. Something strange has been going on within the city and it seems that people are completely vanishing out of thin air.

Players are tasked with finding out what is causing all the vanishings and along the way, you’ll come across supernatural entities that may be hostile or nice. It’s a unique jump from The Evil Within which offered a more linear horror approach while it seems that GhostWire: Tokyo is looking to take a more open world stance to the gameplay, but that is purely speculative at the moment. Currently, at the time of writing this, the game is slated to launch in 2021 for the PlayStation 5 and PC platforms.

#3 Little Nightmares 2
  • Developer: Tarsier Studios
  • Publisher: Bandai Namco Entertainment
  • Platforms: PC, PS4, XBO, NS, XSX, PS5,
  • Release: 2021
  • Co-op: N/A
  • Competitive: N/A

After the success Tarsier Studios had with Little Nightmares, a sequel is inbound. The video game is a followup from the first installment with Six escaping the Maw. However, you will not be playing as Six but instead as a new protagonist named Mono. Players are in for a new horror treat as Mono and Six will be escaping more hostile enemies as they attempt their journey to sanctuary. We don’t know too many details as of yet with the game only being unveiled during Gamescom 2019 and later teased again at Gamescome 2020. 

With that said, we do know that the same mechanics are more or less intact but Tarsier Studios is adding some combat into the mix. It’s not known how much of the combat will play a part in this upcoming platformer, but it’s not enough to have us excited to try the next installment out.

#2 The Outlast Trials

  • Developer: Red Barrels
  • Publisher: Red Barrels
  • Platforms: PC
  • Release: TBA
  • Co-op: Online
  • Competitive Multiplayer: TBA

Red Barrels was first established in 2011 where the developer brought out a massively successful horror series called Outlast. The video game franchise only has two mainline installments, but we do know that the third title is in the works called The Outlast Trials. This is going to be a unique title compared to the previous two installments in that this game is focused around multiplayer. No information has really come out about the game but from what has been stated, the title will focus on test subjects that were conducted during a cold war experiment.

#1 Resident Evil Village

  • Developer: Capcom
  • Publisher: Capcom
  • Platforms: PC, PS5, XSX
  • Release: 2021
  • Co-op: N/A
  • Competitive Multiplayer: N/A

Resident Evil has been a fan favorite survival horror video game franchise for years and over those years we’ve seen new mainline installments, spin-offs along with remakes. There’s no shortage of Resident Evil video game titles to enjoy but in 2021 we are going to get the next installment following after the events of Resident Evil 7. This game is said to take place a few years after Ethan manages to escape the mad Baker family. However, just when Ethan feels comfortable again, Chris Redfield storms in and leaves him in pieces. Now Ethan is on a new journey in hopes of finding Chris and getting answers. Now, this journey will take Ethan to mysterious village that looks to be distraught with new enemies and creatures lurking about. Just as before, we’re also going to see Resident Evil Village take on the first-person setup, however, we’re still waiting to see some gameplay footage.