2019 was a great year for the genre, with various amazing titles like Blair Witch, A Plague Tale and Resident Evil 2 Remake going around, claiming awards left and right. However, 2020 would be even bigger and better for the fans of the genre, with quite a few major titles set to be launched this year.
In this article, we would list out some of the most anticipated horror titles that would be released in 2020.
10 – The Walking Dead: Saints and Sinners (Jan 23)
The horror genre could be improved greatly by the added immersion from VR headsets. The best example of this trend is probably the Five Nights at Freddy’s series. However, games that could support VR of a specific genre are few and far between, as a VR system is rather expensive. The Walking Dead: Saints and Sinners will be available for high-end PC incorporated VR headsets, with a release date on other VR systems later in the year.
From what we have gathered, this game would be a zombie FPS, in which players have to mow down waves upon waves of zombies to survive. You would be able to run the game on Oculus Rift and HTC Vive.
9 – Resident Evil 3 Remake (Apr 3)
Capcom finally confirmed the existence of Resident Evil 3 Remake after months of speculations and rumors. The game is going to be made in the same engine as the previously released RE 2, aimed to be a faithful recreation of the original mixed with major gameplay improvements.
Besides the main single-player campaign, Resident Evil 3 Remake would also come with a multiplayer component called Project Resistance. It would be a coop experience similar to titles like Dead by Daylight or Friday the 13th.
The game is going to be launched for PC, Xbox One and PS4.
8 – The Last of Us Part 2 (May 29)
The original Last of Us was one of the flagship titles of the PS3, hailed as one of the best video games made in the last ten years. Naughty Dog is looking forward to continuing the streak, as they aim to create more of the previous survival horror cinematic experience in the first game. The Last of Us 2 would have great improvements and various mechanics over the original, especially in the visuals and gameplay aspects.
The game would launch exclusively for the PS4.
7 – Dying Light 2 (Spring 2020)
After exhausting the Dead Island IP, Techland is currently working on Dying Light, its newest product. The original Dying Light is an open-world survival with zombies from Dead Island, along with an advanced exploration and parkour system. Dying Light 2 would be more or less the same, with improved gameplay, graphics, and new skills. Being a cross-gen title, another version compatible with the PS5 and Xbox Series X would also be released at a later date.
The game would be released for PS4, Xbox One and PC in Spring 2020.
6 – System Shock (Q1 2020)
The original System Shock is one of the most revolutionary horror titles of its time, laying the groundwork for later masterpieces like System Shock 2 and Bioshock. Nightdive Studios, after acquiring the rights for the series, is aiming to bring the 1995 game up to modern standards, with improved visuals, sounds, and graphics. Based on the demo that was just released in The Game Awards event, the game is more or less ready.
System Shock is going to be available for PC, Xbox One and PS4 in Q1 2020.
5 – Remothered: Broken Porcelain (Q3 2020)
The previous title, Remothered: Tormented Fathers was amongst the best horror titles of 2018, critically acclaimed for its creepy atmospheres and effective scares. Broken Porcelain would continue on the same timeline as the previous title. In this game, players would explore the Ashmann Inn, which was filled to the brim with both supernatural and human threats. This game might not have big budgets like others on this list, however, looks like it would be amongst the scariest games of 2020.
Remothered: Broken Porcelain would launch on all systems including the Switch.
4 - Carrion (TBA 2020)
In most horror games, you would play as a normal guy who has to face up against some of the most horrifying monsters. In this game, players would instead take on the role of the evil monsters whose job is to stalk and kill its victims. Carrion is a "reverse" horror game - this is definitely not a new concept, but it is unique enough to be a hit if they managed to do this in a correct way. The whole world is built Metroidvania style, which is rarely used for large games. Exploring something like that would be really interesting.
Carrion would be released in 2020 for PS4, Xbox One, and PC
3 - Little Nightmares 2 (TBA 2020)
The first Little Nightmares game was pretty peculiar, as it is a striking horror platformer, with amazing uses of creepy atmosphere and dark imagery. In the follow-up title, Little Nightmares 2, Tarsier Studio would address all the issues that fans have over the first game, along with new additions of mechanics and storylines. Six would get a new companion named Mono in the sequel, who would play a crucial part in the new puzzle mechanics.
The game would launch in 2020 for PS4, Xbox One, PC and Switch.
2 - Rainbow Six Quarantine (TBA 2020)
Ubisoft has managed to revitalize one of its biggest franchise, Rainbow Six, with Siege, which has definitely become one of the biggest competitive FPS available today. While continuing to update Siege with seasonal contents, Ubisoft has been trying to take the series in a new direction - and that is how Rainbow Six Quarantine was made. The game combines the traditional Rainbow Six gameplay with elements of the horror genre, with tactical coop PVE against the horrors.
Quarantine would launch in 2020, for PS4, Xbox One, and PC.
1 - The Dark Pictures Anthology: Little Hope (TBA 2020)
Supermassive Games have become one of the tier 1 horror game makers, after the success of Until Dawn and a couple of VR titles. While a sequel to Until Dawn might sound better, a spinoff is just as good. The next game from Supermassive is a horror anthology, which would retain the main aspects of Until Dawn's gameplay mechanics, along with some twists due to its coop nature. Will Poulter would be Little Hope's main character, in order to appeal to fans of the previous games.
Little hope would launch for Xbox One, PS4, and PC.
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