The survival horror genre has been growing in popularity as of late, and the hype for new and exciting games involving mindless hordes of zombies won’t die anytime soon. Lucky for us, a ton of promising zombie horror games are on the horizon, and here are 10 such games that you should keep an eye for.
1. Dyling Light 2 – Stay Human
Polish game developer Techland delivered an excellent open world survival horror experience in the form of 2015’s Dying Light, which combined horror elements with an excellent traversal system, creating a fun yet horrifying experience through and through. The developer is back at it once again with the Dying Light 2: Stay Human, which sees players surviving a zombie outbreak in the fictional environment called The City. The combat looks brutal in the best ways possible, and there are more options than before to get around the bigger environments. Wrapping it all up is a new narrative which also looks really ambitious for the games setting. Dying Light 2: Stay Human releases for all major consoles and PC on February 4, 2022.
2. Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Extraction
Rainbow Six Extraction will see players controlling a group of operators sent to dangerous mission set against the backdrop of the zombie outbreak. Like we’ve seen in Siege before, players will have to be tactical in their approach to missions and outsmart the other operators to make it out alive. There will be multiple game modes present at launch. Fans can also expect to get new content added to the game at a consistent pace after launch. Rainbow Six Extraction releases on January 20, 2022 for all major consoles and PC.
3. The Day Before
The Day Before is an open-world MMO survival game, which its developer FNTASTIC described as a mishmash of The Division and The Last of Us. Players will have to collect a variety of different resources to survive in this post-apocalyptic setting. There will be vehicles to drive, places to raid for resources, other players to meet and help, or even take down for precious loot. The game boasts some gorgeous visuals and the gunplay is also looking promising. The Day Before releases for PC on June 21 of this year.
4. Dead Island 2
Deep Silver’s Dead Island 2 has one of the most famously protracted development cycles ever. Having been announced way back in 2014, and even after changing multiple developers, fans have yet to see any new gameplay since game’s come 2014. However, publisher Deep Silver has reassured fans that the game hasn’t been canceled as of yet. So we are putting it here on this list, but don’t expect the game to be releasing anytime soon
5. Dead Space Remake
It’s fair to say that EA caught many of us by surprise when it announced that a remake of the original Dead Space was in development at EA Motive. Built from the ground up, using EA’s in-house Frostbite engine, and targeting current-gen hardware, the Dead Space Remake seems to have gorgeous visuals. Alongside gameplay improvements to the experience, such as zero loading screens, a new dismemberment system, as well as brand-new 0 G sections, Dead Space Remake has no release date at this point in time.
6. Evil Dead: The Game
Evil Dead: The Game will see players reprising the roles of key characters from the movie franchise such as Ash Williams, Mia Cheryl Williams and others, and work together to survive the nightmare in levels based on iconic locations from the films. There are vehicles to drive, guns to shoot, and brutal finishers to execute using melee weapons, and brutal PVP combat were players also take on the role of zombies. It has some low production values but looks fun, nevertheless. Evil Dead: The Game releases for PC and consoles sometime this February.
7. State of Decay 3
While State of Decay 2 didn’t have the best of launches, developer Undead Labs was able to turn the tides around thanks to a generous amount of post-launch content updates. Now the developer is back at it once again with the much more ambitious State of Decay 3. We don’t know much about the game at this point, but from the looks of it, it seems like the game will veer much more into the survival aspects of horror than before. State of Decay 3 will release for Xbox platforms and PC sometime in the future.
8. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
Gun Interactive of Friday the 13th: The game has recently announced The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, a game based on the 1974 film by the same name. Much like the studio’s past projects, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre will be an asymmetric multiplayer experience with gameplay similar to Friday the 13th. Confirm details remain scant at this moment, including but not limited to, when the game will release, and on which platforms.
9. System Shock Remake
The Nightdive Studios’ remake of this immersive classic has been a long time coming, and is certainly a game worth looking out for. Set against the backdrop of the futuristic space station, players will be revisiting the same corridors and using the updated arsenal of weapons to overcome the rogue AI. Nightdive has done a commendable job with the original Turok games and is set to deliver a great experience once again. System Shock Remake will be releasing for consoles and PC sometime soon, and a free demo is available to try out right now via Steam.
Ebb Software’s Scorn looks to be a love letter to the gruesome yet admirable works of H. R. Giger and Z. Beksinski, and fans have been waiting for this one for a long time now. Scorn sees players taking the role of an unnamed protagonist as they try to explore this twisted world and find its many secrets. The game features some weird weaponry, such as a pistol made entirely out of flesh and bones, as well as a shotgun made out of organs. Originally planned to release in 2021, Scorn has now been delayed to October of this year. The game will be released for PC and Xbox Series X and S consoles.