17 Best New Zombie Games Of 2021

2020 was not the best year for the video game industry. We had a worldwide health pandemic outbreak that forced several jobs to shut down for a period of time. It wasn’t long after that development studios started their transition from working in offices to remotely. That ultimately, forced the development studios to delay several video game projects. As a result, 2021 should be quite a filled year of video game releases. For example, check out some of the most anticipated games so far for 2021.

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#17 Urban Strife

  • Developer: White Pond Games
  • Publisher: MicroProse Software
  • Platforms: PC
  • Release: 2021
  • Co-op: N/A
  • Competitive Multiplayer: N/A

Urban Strife seems to bring something a bit fresh for the zombie genre of video games. We’ve seen quite a few zombie games released into the marketplace, but not very many offer an old-school turn-based tactical strategy element. This video game does just that as it takes players and puts them into a protagonist that manages to get saved by a friendly group of survivors. From there players create their character and become a new leader as you attempt to rebuild and provide a new sanctuary of hope for those that are in need. 

However, the apocalypse is full of unexpected events where you not only have to worry about the undead hordes that roam the world but other faction groups nearby. It’s up to you to decide if a faction can be seen as an ally during this new world or players should partake in an all-out war. Likewise, you’ll have a variety of NPCs to help out all while building and upgrading your shelter. As mentioned, this is a turn-based tactical strategy game so players will have to think out attacks such as setting up characters for melee attacks, burst fire into a crowd of enemies, or setting up rifle shots where you’ll be able to aim for specific parts of the body. 

#16 No More Room In Hell 2

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

No More Room In Hell was a popular source mod that was released for free back in 2011. Players would essentially work together in this FPS title while having to face the undead. Now a new installment is in the works with No More Room In Hell 2 which will be released in early access later this year. Overall, you can expect the same kind of setup here with up to eight players being able to join in a match to fight against undead hordes all while exploring the open world.

You’ll have to gather resources such as medicine, weapons, and ammo along the way. There are also objectives for players to complete during matches. We’re certainly interested in seeing how this game is formed over its year-long planned early access release, but so far there’s no word on just when the game will hit the Steam marketplace.

#15 State of Decay 3

  • Developer: Undead Labs
  • Publisher: Xbox Game Studios
  • Platforms: PC, XSX/S
  • Release: TBA
  • Co-op: TBA
  • Competitive Multiplayer: TBA

The State of Decay franchise has a strong following with players being dropped into an open world environment and forced to survive against zombies. We have only received two installments for this franchise so far but we know that a State of Decay 3 video game is being developed. At the time of writing this description, we have only one trailer available to showcase a new snowy region being featured for this new installment.

While that will certainly add a new mix of survival elements to keep our protagonists alive, we’re wondering just what kind of an effect this will have on the undead players will be enduring throughout the game. Meanwhile, there is one unique element that the State of Decay 3 trailer showcased and that’s an undead deer feasting on another animal. As a result, we may not only have undead humans to deal with but undead animals as well. 

#14 Days Gone 

  • Developer: Bend Studio
  • Publisher: PlayStation Mobile, Inc
  • Platforms: PC, PS4
  • Release: 2021 (PC)
  • Co-op: N/A
  • Competitive Multiplayer: N/A

Sony made some big moves when they revealed that their PlayStation 4 exclusive title, Horizon Zero Dawn, would be moving to the PC platform. Now it looks like Sony is ready to press forward with bringing more of their exclusive lineup to the PC platform. This year we’re going to be seeing Days Gone release on PC. Players step into the role of a biker named Deacon St. John, who is surviving the harsh world doing odd jobs for various factions with his best friend Boozer. This title is set in an open world environment allowing players to freely explore and take on various missions at any given time. 

However, because this world is filled with zombies, it can be difficult to visit certain places, especially if you find yourself being blocked off by a horde. While surviving the harsh world is a priority, Deacon is on a new journey in hopes of finding out what happened to his wife when the two got separated during the height of the pandemic. New information has emerged which may lead Deacon to learn if his wife has survived after all these years. 

#13 Resident Evil RE:Verse

  • Developer: Capcom
  • Publisher: Capcom
  • Platforms: PC, PS4, XBO, PS5, XSX/S
  • Release: 2021
  • Co-op: N/A
  • Competitive Multiplayer: Online

Resident Evil has a strong following and outside of the mainline installments, Capcom had delivered some small spin-off titles for players to enjoy as well. We’re set to receive a new spin-off game this year called Resident Evil RE:Verse. This is an online deathmatch setup as a third-person shooter. Players will be stepping into the roles of different characters and villains from the iconic Resident Evil franchise where you’ll be battling out with a variety of weaponry and BOWs.

So far, the single trailer released showcases players in the Raccoon City Police Department from Resident Evil 2 but we’ve seen characters from Resident Evil 3 and Resident Evil 7 featured as well. We’re not sure just how many characters and settings will get with this game, but this looks like an interesting twist to the long-running video game franchise. 

#12 The Red Solstice 2: Survivors

  • Developer: Ironward
  • Publisher: 505 Games
  • Platforms: PC
  • Release: June 17, 2021
  • Co-op: Online
  • Competitive Multiplayer: N/A

The Red Solstice released back in 2015 follows mankind as they leave a ruined Earth behind to establish a new colony on Mars. Now this new installment coming out this year throws players back into Mars where they are leading a new group to fight back against a deadly mutated virus. This is a real-time strategy game that can support up to eight players online battling against the hostile threat. With the use of different weapons and using the level design to their advantage, players will be gaining experience and research points to further buff their characters. Best of all, it doesn’t look like you’ll need to play The Red Solstice to jump into this installment when it launches later this year. 

#11 Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Quarantine
  • Developer: Ubisoft
  • Publisher: Ubisoft
  • Platforms: TBD
  • Release: TBD
  • Co-op: Online
  • Competitive Multiplayer: TBA

The Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six franchise has been known for being a tactical shooter that puts players into the role of special operatives that deal with terrorists and regimes. However, it looks like we’re going to get quite a different experience Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Quarantine. We’ve only received a teaser for this game so far and it’s tough to really say just what the game will be like at the current moment. It appears that the title will take place in the future where Earth has been hit by an alien parasite infecting humans. We don’t see the infected but it does sound like we’re dealing with some undead type of hostile enemy.

We could look back at the timed event that happened during Rainbow Six Siege back in 2018 where players had to deal with infected humans as a slight comparison. This event was known as Operation Chimera and it appears that the development team was inspired by the event to bring out a brand new video game title.

#10 Evil Dead: The Game

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

With Evil Dead: The Game will throw players into iconic characters from the iconic IP such as the films and television series. This is an online multiplayer game that acts a bit like Dead By Daylight, a popular video game title that has an active community of followers today. From what we know so far is that this game will follow a narrative in which a portal has opened up which is allowing all sorts of creatures to lurk into our world. Players must work together as a team to fight off these creatures, compete for objectives and close up the portal. Among the group of players is a player taking the role of a creature who is attempting to overthrow humanity.

#9 Ill

  • Developer: Clout Games
  • Publisher: TBA
  • Platforms: TBA
  • Release: TBA
  • Co-op: N/A
  • Competitive Multiplayer: N/A

Ill doesn’t have a ton of information out there yet and it very well may not release this year but the odd trailers filled with gruesome creatures have gained quite a bit of attention. A lot of chatter online is already pinning this game to be a bit like the iconic film, The Thing, in which there’s plenty of bodily transformations and undead threats to fight against. So far it looks like the game is not in full production yet as the developer’s Clout Games are looking to get a publishing deal to continue on the development of the project. As much attention as this project has received so far, we would be surprised if Ill doesn’t make its way out into the marketplace with a solid publisher deal.

#7 Undying

  • Developer: Vanimals
  • Publisher: Vanimals
  • Platforms: PC, PS4
  • Release: 2021
  • Co-op: N/A
  • Competitive Multiplayer: N/A

Undying is an indie title that follows a mother and son as they embark on an adventure to safety during a zombie apocalypse. It’s a grim tale right from the start as players take on the role of the mother, Anling, who has been bitten, leaving her with just days before turning into a mindless zombie. Now with a limited time allotted until her final breath as a sane living person, Anling must teach her son Cody everything needed to ensure his survival. Players will be exploring the areas to gather resources such as food and water.

#6 A Way To Be Dead

  • Developer: Crania Games
  • Publisher: Crania Games
  • Platforms: PC
  • Release: TBA
  • Co-op: Online
  • Competitive Multiplayer: Online

Another Dead by Daylight game has made it to this list. In this game, players will find a 4 vs 1 style match where a group of survivors is stuck in an abandoned-style hospital where they must work together to escape. Meanwhile, an opposing player will be roaming around as different creatures to take these players out. So far we know that each game session will alter the different pathways for players to escape which means there’s always a hunt to find a way of escape rather than players having to memorize where they need to go.

Likewise, there’s said to be plenty of environmental interactions as well which is likely various traps or distractions that can be used, again similar to the likes of Dead by Daylight. Again, much like other games on this list, at the time of writing this description, we’re not sure just when the title will launch. 

#5 The Last Stand: Aftermath

  • Developer: Con Artists Games
  • Publisher: Armor Games Studios
  • Platforms: PC
  • Release: TBA
  • Co-op: N/A
  • Competitive Multiplayer: N/A

The Last Stand: Aftermath is a new rogue-lite action-adventure game that is attached to The Last Stand series. Players are dropped in this world in hopes of surviving a series of fast-moving undead zombies all while you can explore around and gather resources from this post-apocalyptic wasteland of a world. Set in an isometric view, players can quickly maneuver around and take out undead hostile enemies while getting a better area of view from anything that may try to flank your character.

As you progress through the game there will be a variety of unlockables to tweak your character a bit more but once you die the game will start up with another survivor. Fortunately, players will be able to keep all the perks and upgrades made before so you can carry your progression over.

#4 After The Fall

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

Another interesting game to hopefully release this year is After The Fall. This is an upcoming zombie VR game that acts a bit like Left 4 Dead. It’s also a game from developers Vertigo Games who brought out another iconic VR zombie game in the past, Arizona Sunshine. Within this game, players will be going through a new ice age that has taken over the world, and with it came a disease that turned humanity into mindless zombies.

Players will be taking the role of a survivor that will be battling the undead using a wide variety of weapons and unique gadgetry. VR is only getting better and this game looks like there will be plenty of action-packed moments built up for players to get an intense but thrilling experience. While you can go through this frozen undead LA dystopia by yourself, there is said to be support for up to four-player cooperative gameplay so you can work with a team to get through waves of undead zombies and massive boss fights. 

#3 Resident Evil Village

  • Developer: Capcom
  • Publisher: Capcom
  • Platforms: PC, PS5, XSX/S, PS4, XBO
  • Release: 2021
  • Co-op: N/A
  • Competitive Multiplayer: N/A

While Capcom had been going back to remake some of those earlier installments to the franchise, their next big installment will be a continuation of the series. Resident Evil Village will put players right back into the shoes of Ethan after the events of Resident Evil 7. Ethan’s world is once again thrown out of wack after Chris Redfield decides to show back up in an expected turn of events. This leaves Ethan demanding answers, but the only way he’ll get them is to track Chris down to a mysterious village in Europe.

So far we are looking at another first-person perspective gameplay with some different types of enemies. From the trailers we’ve seen a play on werewolves which may be one of the more common enemies, you could find while exploring the village. While this game is slated for 2021 and the current-generation of console platforms, it has been stated that Capcom would be looking at last-generation consoles potentially as well. However, we’re uncertain if there are any changes in general planned for Resident Evil Village. In December of 2020, a ransomware group hacked Capcom and leaked out a development build of Resident Evil Village which revealed major plot points so far for the game.

#2 Dying Light 2
  • Developer: Techland
  • Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
  • Platforms: PC, PS4, XBO
  • Release: 2021
  • Co-op: Online 4 Players
  • Competitive Multiplayer: TBA

Dying Light 2 will once again set players back into a world filled with zombies. In fact, the game will take place fifteen years into the apocalypse where much of humanity has been cut down to nothing. Only small areas remain for those who wish to seek refuge, but these places are often in control of different factions.

Within the game, players will be sent to one of these safe havens which are in a constant battle between factions that demand control. Outside of exploration and fighting off the zombie threats, players will be dealing with these factions in however they see fit. Unlike the first title, there is more freedom of choice in going about missions.

Players may side with a faction or pin them against each other. Regardless, your decisions will result in consequences to the in-game world and likely narrative outcome.

#1 Back 4 Blood

  • Developer: Turtle Rock Studios
  • Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
  • Platforms: PC, PS4, XBO
  • Release: 2021
  • Co-op: TBA
  • Competitive Multiplayer: TBA

Turtle Rock Studios was responsible for the creation of Left 4 Dead, a massive hit that is now owned by Valve. The video game franchise puts survivors during a zombie pandemic in which players are forced to complete a series of tasks in hopes of gaining rescue. There are two installments available and both were iconic hits, though Turtle Rock Studios have since parted ways from Valve and had worked on other projects. Now it looks like the developers are interested in diving back into the world of zombie hordes and action-packed moments as they have announced Back 4 Blood.

During The Game Award 2020 we got our first look at Back 4 Blood. The gameplay again looks very similar to the gameplay of Left 4 Dead. However, it looks like the developers wanting to further expand on the game by providing more variation of enemies, weapons, and storyline. This is going to be a big hit for those that loved Left 4 Dead and want more of the cooperative gameplay.