When gamers think of the best horror game developers, a couple of names that often come to mind are Shinji Mikami, the grandfather of survival-horror who created Resident Evil, and Keiichiro Toyama, who created both the Silent Hill and Siren franchises. A number of other developers and studios have created notable horror games as well, like Visceral Games with its Dead Space series and Amnesia: The Dark Descent from Frictional Games.
The aforementioned games have cemented their creators as leaders in the genre, but it would be interesting to see developers that haven’t typically made horror games see what they could do. There are a lot of brilliant game developers out there, but we’ve narrowed them down to the five we’d most like to see make a horror game.
BioWare is known for making epic games with vast, sweeping stories full of complex characters and important player decisions that shape the world. We’ve seen the BioWare story magic in science-fiction and fantasy settings in games like Mass Effect and Dragon Age, but the studio has never created a horror RPG.
Horror RPGs in general are a rare sight in the industry, which makes a BioWare-developed horror game that much more appealing. Bonus points if Casey Hudson, the project director for Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic and the Mass Effect trilogy, leads the charge on the hypothetical game’s development.
Hideo Kojima/Kojima Productions
Throughout his career, Hideo Kojima has worked almost exclusively on his action-stealth series Metal Gear Solid. However, there was once a time when the award-winning developer was working on Silent Hills for Konami, even releasing a disturbing playable teaser P.T. that took the Internet by storm a few years ago. The sheer horror encountered in P.T. left many fans excited to get their hands on the final product, but sadly Konami cancelled Silent Hills and canned Kojima before the game was finished.
While we will likely never see Kojima’s vision for Silent Hills fully realized, he could still return to the genre with the help of his team at the reborn Kojima Productions. Kojima could also reach out to some of his former Silent Hills collaborators like Norman Reedus, Guillermo del Toro, and horror manga artist Junji Ito to help him create a new horror game IP.
Some people may be confused to see Nintendo on this list, but hear us out. Nintendo has dabbled in the horror genre before, publishing Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water on Wii U as well as Eternal Darkness: Sanity’s Requiem and Geist on the GameCube. However, Nintendo’s primary development teams have always been too busy with its main, family-friendly franchises like Super Mario and The Legend of Zelda to create a horror game.
As for who at Nintendo we would like to see lead the charge on the development of a horror game, it would be great to see Shigeru Miyamoto take the helm. Miyamoto has created some of the most influential and important games of all time, but has never directed a game aimed explicitly at adults. Considering the quirky and weird things he dreams up for the Super Mario franchise, it would be interesting to see what Miyamoto could do with a full-fledged horror game.
Sid Meier/Firaxis Games
Recently, XCOM 2 director Jake Solomon said he’d like to make a horror-themed XCOM game as his next project, and considering the excellent work the studio has done as of late, that sounds like it would be a dream come true for horror fans. Plus, there hasn’t been many horror strategy games over the years, so it could be a rather unique product when all was said and done.
We would certainly want Jake Solomon to be involved in the game’s development, but it would be great if Sid Meier played a major role in the hypothetical Firaxis horror game as well. After all, the legendary developer is still the Director of Creative Development at the studio, and his influence could go a long way in making a Firaxis horror game worthwhile.
While some fans would rather see Bethesda start ramping up development on The Elder Scrolls 6 than do anything else, others may want to see it branch out and create something new. If Bethesda were looking to make something truly unique, a huge, open world horror game on the scale of an Elder Scrolls title could be the answer.
We already know a Bethesda horror game directed by Todd Howard has potential. After all, some of its biggest games have featured some horror elements, like the murderous Dark Brotherhood faction in Elder Scrolls and the various terrors encountered in the post-apocalyptic wastelands of the Fallout universe.
From Casey Hudson at BioWare to Todd Howard at Bethesda, these are the five developers we’d most like to see make a horror game. However, there are many other devs out there that could potentially make great horror games as well if they decided to step out of their comfort zones.
While fans wait for horror games made by some fresh faces, there are plenty of other horror games on the horizon from genre veterans, like The Evil Within 2 and The Inpatient. Those games and more should keep horror fans plenty busy for the foreseeable future, and considering the teams behind them, they should be great new additions to the genre.