With the likes of The Evil Within 2, Days Gone, and We Happy Few making up just some of the most anticipated upcoming horror games of the next couple years, it's good to remember that there are some smaller titles that deserve just as much love. Although these games haven't received much attention just yet, they're sure to make a big impression when they finally release.
Whether they've been overshadowed by bigger titles, or simply haven't revealed enough footage to get the horror fans hyped up, here are the games you might not have known were on the way:
7 Ad Infinitum
Although Ad Infinitum managed to attract a significant amount of attention when its announcement trailer released, many fans seem to have forgotten that the historical horror title is still coming relatively soon. The game will see players navigating the trenches of the First World War, while solving puzzles and avoiding the terrible creatures that have seemingly manifested from the horrors of war.
Developer StrixLab calls the single-player experience a "subtle but intense" story and the title is estimated to be between four and six hours in length so far. The game is currently restricted to PC although a message on the Ad Infinitum website claims that console ports could be coming further down the line.
6 Allison Road
A game that has often been called the spiritual successor to P.T., Allison Road will give players control of an unnamed protagonist who cannot remember the events of the previous day. Over the course of five nights you must find out what has happened to your family, unravel the mysteries of an ominous British townhouse, and discover what terrifying entities are stalking you in the safety of your own home.
There is no release date set for Allison Road at this point in time, but the developers are promising native VR support and the possibility of a console release. Back in 2016, an announcement was made on the game's official Twitter account which claimed that Allison Road production had been cancelled, but the highly-anticipated horror title is now reportedly back in business.
5 Call of Cthulhu: The Official Video Game
A video game inspired by a board game, which was inspired by the works of H. P. Lovecraft, Call of Cthulhu will feature a semi-open world environment filled with psychological horror elements. As seen in the game's E3 trailer, the player will take control of Ethan Pierce, a private investigator who is sent to explore the sinister secrets of Darkwater Island.
According to the game's website, players will find themselves doubting their own senses throughout the title, as Ethan begins to experience a loss of sanity through 'psychosis crisis mechanics'. It's not certain exactly how Cthulhu will be appearing in the game just yet, but most Lovecraftian-inspired work has the Great Old One depicted as a figure worshipped by a series of deranged cultists.
4 Hunt: Showdown
In this game, players can hunt alone or with a friend, as they race to be the first to track down nightmarish monsters in the Louisiana swamps. Once each creature is dispatched, using a range of stylish old-fashioned weaponry, players must escape with their newly-acquired bounty before they themselves are killed by fellow Hunters.
It's an interesting take on the horror franchise, and the stakes are higher than just losing your score. In Hunt: Showdown, death is permanent, so getting killed will mean saying goodbye to the Hunter you've spent so long gearing up. Experience, however, is persistent and players can work to equip a new character from their Bloodlines.
3 Moons of Madness
Another horror game drawing inspiration from the works of Lovecraft, Moons of Madness is a game set on Mars. In it, protagonist Shane Newehart uncovers the supernatural events that seem to be going down on research station Trailblazer Alpha.
A game that claims to combine "Hard Science with Lovecraftian Horror," Moons of Madness promises to offer a strong narrative story, as well as exploring mental illness without being antagonizing. Seeing as the latest trailer has Shane discovering what appears to be his own mother lurking in the barren wasteland of Mars, the title looks like it could have some interesting psychological elements to explore.
2 Project Wight
Project Wight is a different kind of horror game, influenced by an array of monster movies, surrealist poetry, and mythology. In it, players will take on the role of a Wight, a creature hunted by the traditional hero figure of both games and film. In a fictional world, infused with Viking elements, the young creature must desperately try to survive in a land that despises it.
Young Wights are adept at climbing, sneaking, and hiding, which should prove useful as the player attempts to escape and take revenge on the humans which have spent their lives slaughtering its kind. As the creature grows up however, we can see that an adolescent or even adult Wight are far more capable of taking the fight back to the humans.
In Visage, horror fans will once again find themself in a house filled with dark, evil entities and no way to fight back. This psychological horror title borrows elements from Silent Hill, Penumbra, and P.T., and aims to create a new experience that will scare players on both console and PC.
Remaining calm is an essential part of Visage, as fear itself attracts the previous occupants of the house, who have all met their grisly end there in one way or another. Randomly generated events will influence the game's story, and how the player chooses to interact with them may even end up affecting the title's conclusion.
That's all for our list of lesser-known horror games, but we're sure there are many more titles that were worthy of making the cut. It seems that fans of scarier titles won't be going wanting over the next few years, and even the most dauntless of gamers should be able to find something that makes their hairs stand on end from our selection of upcoming games.
Judging by the amount of titles in development, it's a good time to be a horror fan, and if the more mainstream of games don't quite inspire that feeling of dread, be sure to come back and take a look at what some of the smaller developers can do.