For horror gaming fans, 2015 was a fairly great year. Yes, there was some heartbreak in the form of Silent Hills being cancelled, but 2015 also saw a number of high quality horror gaming experiences launch, as we illustrated in our Best Horror Games of 2015 list.
With 2015 behind us, it’s now time to look forward to what 2016 will offer to horror gaming enthusiasts. The following 10 horror games releasing in 2016 stand out as the ones with the most potential, and are Game Rant’s most anticipated horror games of 2016.
While it’s still upsetting that P.T. was pulled from the PlayStation Store, Allison Road is looking to fill the void left behind. Inspired directly by the creepy, claustrophobic atmosphere that Hideo Kojima created as a tease for Silent Hills, Allison Road looks like one of the most genuinely terrifying experiences gamers can look forward to in 2016.
Allison Road is expected to release this October for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.
Friday the 13th
While the Allison Road Kickstarter wasn’t a success, with Team17 stepping in to see the game finished, the same can’t be said for the Friday the 13th Kickstarter. The game hit its initial funding goal, and even managed to reach some of its stretch goals in the process. An asymmetrical mulitplayer game in which one player controls Jason Voorhees and the others control camp counselors,, the Friday the 13th game is one of the more unique titles on this list, and should provide a different kind of horror gaming experience than we’ve seen before.
The Friday the 13th video game is due for release later this year for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.
Layers of Fear
Layers of Fear is the tale of a painter that is obsessed with painting a masterpiece. His relentless pursuit of this goal has caused him to drift into madness and alcoholism, themes which are explored in the context of a first-person exploratory horror game. Like Allison Road, Layers of Fear takes a few cues from P.T., and could very well ride the popularity of that release to its own strong sales.
Layers of Fear is currently available through Steam Early Access on PC and the Xbox Preview Program on Xbox One, with a full release expected for later this year.
The first Outlast game has become a modern horror favorite for many gamers, combining elements of the found footage film genre with the survival-horror game. The sequel, Outlast 2, is looking to continue that tradition, but trades the asylum setting of the first game for a foreboding, wooded countryside. The Outlast 2 teaser trailer hints that it may also explore some religious themes, which is interesting and rarely visited territory for video games.
Outlast 2 is scheduled to launch this fall for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.
Overkill’s The Walking Dead
The Walking Dead franchise has already enjoyed quite a bit of success in the gaming industry, with Telltale’s episodic adventure earning critical acclaim across the board. However, Payday developer Overkill is looking to do something different with Overkill’s The Walking Dead through FPS co-op gameplay. We haven’t seen much of Overkill’s take on the series just yet, but considering the pedigree of the developer, the game stands a good chance of being quite a bit better than the previous Walking Dead FPS game, Survival Instinct.
Overkill’s The Walking Dead is due for release later this year for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.
BioShock and Dead Space stand as two of the best horror games of the last generation, so when developers that worked on both of those games came together to form The Deep End Games, horror fans took notice. The freshman project from The Deep End is a Kickstarter-funded game called Perception, which puts players in the role of a blind woman that has to explore a spooky mansion. Promising a story with plenty of twists and scares and a unique art style that is meant to represent echolocation, Perception has a chance to be one of the better horror experiences in 2016.
Perception is expected to release in June for PC.
Resident Evil Zero HD Remaster
After the sales success of Resident Evil HD Remaster, it came as little surprise when Capcom announced plans to remaster Resident Evil Zero as well. This remastered version of the survival-horror classic boasts upgraded visuals, more accessible control options, new costumes for Billy and Rebecca, and even a mode that allows players to take control of series villain Albert Wesker. It looks like Resident Evil Zero HD Remaster is offering enough new content to make it a worthwhile game for newcomers and veterans alike.
Resident Evil Zero HD Remaster will be available on January 19th for PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.
Routine is yet another first-person exploratory horror game, but its setting helps it stand apart. Set aboard the Lunar Research Station, with an art style that reflects an 80’s vision of the future, Routine tasks players with discovering what happened to the station’s missing crew. The game will feature permadeath, and give players no option of fighting back against enemies, which should make it an especially intense experience.
Routine is due for release this year on PC.
We Happy Few
In We Happy Few, the citizens of the procedurally generated Wellington Wells are controlled by a drug called Joy, which makes them perpetually happy. The player character dares to refrain from the drug, which makes them a target relentlessly pursued by the disturbing, face-painted citizens, as well as the 1984-esque surveillance systems. While We Happy Few focuses more on the “survival” side of the survival-horror equation, it still looks like it will be one of the most unnerving games of 2016.
We Happy Few is scheduled to release in June for PC and Xbox One.
What Remains of Edith Finch
Giant Sparrow, the developers of the critically-acclaimed The Unfinished Swan, are venturing into the realm of first-person exploratory horror with their next project, What Remains of Edith Finch. In this game, players take control of the titular Edith Finch, as she relives the last moments of her family members in an attempt to discover why she is the only one left alive.
The game will feature significant gameplay and tonal shifts depending on the personality of each family member, and each segment will end with a death. Out of all the games on this list, What Remains of Edith Finch appears to be the horror game of 2016 with the potential for the most emotional impact.
What Remains of Edith Finch will be available at some point later this year, exclusively for the PlayStation 4.
Before wrapping this up, we’d be remiss if we also didn’t mention the fact that horror icons Leatherface and Alien will be in Mortal Kombat X. Set to be added as a part of Kombat Pack 2 later this year, the inclusion of these characters will allow gamers to pit Friday the 13th‘s near-immortal horror icon against the demented killer from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre films, which should be a treat, to say the least.
If Mortal Kombat X‘s new combatants and the previously listed games are any indication, 2016 is going to be a great year for fans of the horror genre. There’s plenty of experiences to look forward to, all with their own unique approaches to scares and atmosphere. At this point, few can argue that the horror genre is here to stay.
Which horror games are you looking forward to playing this year? Are you excited about any of the games on our list? Leave us a comment below and give us your thoughts on horror gaming, and the horror games of 2016 that have the most potential.