Ashen Falls concept art.
With Halloween around the corner, I figured it would be suiting to dive into the horror genre and it’s future. I don’t know about you, but while I love the horror genre, it’s been a while since any of the games within it actually surprised me or blew my mind. I’m thirsty for something creative, something that doesn’t only scare me but also makes me think. Here are some upcoming horror games that might challenge the horror genre as we know it.
Ashen Falls is a concept created by Lost at Sea studios. While the game’s development has been put on hold, I still wanted to put it on the list because we need to make this happen. Based on the material that can be found on the official website it looks like it could turn out to be an interesting game.
“Ashen Falls is a psychological survival horror game set in the deserted industrial town of Ashen Falls. A group of urban explorers descend to explore the area, only to find that it is not as abandoned as they once thought.”
Agony is a game set to be released in 2017, being developed by Madmind Studio. I recommend that you watch the trailer and gameplay trailer to get a sense of the game, but I must warn you that both of them contain disturbing imagery.
“Agony is a first-person survival horror game currently in development. Players will begin their journey as a tormented soul within the depths of hell without any memories about his past. The special ability to control people on their path, and even possess simple minded demons, gives the player the necessary measures to survive in the extreme conditions they are in.”
Perception is being developed by Deep End Games, an independant developer formed by the people who prior worked on games like BioShock and Dead Space.
“Perception is a first-person narrative horror adventure that tells the story of Cassie, a blind heroine who uses her extraordinary hearing and razor-sharp wits to unravel the mysteries of an abandoned estate that haunts her dreams.”
The sequel to Outlast (Outlast 2) is currently in development by Red Barrels. It’s still unknown how the game relates to the first game in the series (or if the two are connected at all). The demo, however, is out for us to explore while we wait for the game to be released.
“You are Blake Langermann, a cameraman working with your wife, Lynn. The two of you are investigative journalists willing to take risks and dig deep to uncover the stories no one else will dare touch. You’re following a trail of clues that started with the seemingly impossible murder of a pregnant woman known only as Jane Doe. The investigation has lead you miles into the Arizona desert, to a darkness so deep that no one could shed light upon it, and a corruption so profound that going mad may be the only sane thing to do.”
Hello Neighbor is a stealth horror game in development by Dynamic Pixles, set to be released in summer 2017. In the game you stalk your neighbor, an enemy AI who will study your every move and come up with counter-actions and unique tactics against you.
“You move into a brand new suburb and notice your neighbor is hiding something in his basement. The only logical thing to do is to break into his house and figure out what he’s hiding.”
Scorn is a game currently in development by Ebb Software Studio. It has strong H.R Giger aestetics and it looks like it’s going to be a very artistic experience. Here you can check out the trailer and get a sense of the game.
“Scorn is an atmospheric first-person horror adventure game set in a nightmarish universe of odd forms and somber tapestry. It is designed around the idea of “being thrown into the world”. Isolated and lost inside this dream-like world, you will explore different interconnected regions in a non-linear fashion. The unsettling environment is a character itself. Every location contains its own theme (story), puzzles and characters that are integral in creating a cohesive lived-in world. Throughout the game you will open up new areas, acquire different skill sets, weapons, various items and try to comprehend the sights presented to you.”
Draugen is a first-person psychological survival horror adventure game currently in development by Norwegian developers Red Thread Games. You can watch the teaser trailer here.
“Draugen is set in an isolated coastal village in northwestern Norway in 1923. The story is experienced through the eyes — and spectacles — of an American traveler, a stranger in a strange land, searching for his missing sister. But when the traveler arrives in this village on the edge of the civilised world, he finds that nothing is quite what it seems…and there are things out there in the deep, dark waters.”
The Resident Evil series went from classic zombie horror to full blown action games, so with the new game, Resident Evil 7 (Biohazard in Japan), developers (Capcom) want to take the game back to it’s roots. The first demo is already out and a couple of trailers can be found on youtube. The game is expected to be released in January 2017.
Do you know of any upcoming horror games that you look forward to and would like to share? Leave a comment below and I will check it out!