Operation Backlog Completion 2024
Oct 192018

In 2014, we looked at 5 upcoming survival horror games. Three were released, one was cancelled, and poor Routine is still in limbo.

In 2017, we took a look at 5 more horror (not exclusively survival horror) games. Only one of them is out, to mixed reviews, but the other four remain promising.

So while Allison Road, Call of Cthulhu, the Resident Evil 2 remake, and Moons of Madness are definitely still horror games I have my eye on, let’s take a look at 5 more upcoming horror games.

Honorable Mention: Luigi’s Mansion 3

First off, an honorable mention. I can’t really include Luigi’s Mansion 3 on a list of horror games, but it certainly fits the spooky theme of this month, so it deserves to be named. Here’s hoping we learn more about it soon… and that it’s structured like the original Luigi’s Mansion rather than Dark Moon.

Now, onto the list proper.

5. Man of Medan

Somewhere, deep in the dark depths of games that haven’t even made it to my backlog yet but that I want to play someday, you’ll find Until Dawn. So when the developers announced a new horror game, I was intrigued.

Man of Medan is the first in a series of short cinematic horror games called The Dark Pictures. It’s based on an actual legend about a ghost ship, and the first trailer was intriguing. I’m looking forward to learning more about this game. It’s due out in 2019 for the PC, PS4, and Xbox One.

4. Corpse Party 2: Dead Patient

I definitely want to play the Corpse Party series someday… as soon as I figure out which entries to play, since there are remakes and re-releases with different content… (Is the 3DS game the definitive version of the original?)

Moving on from that, however, we have a new entry finally making its way west this year for the PC. Corpse Party 2: Dead Patient is apparently being released chapter-by-chapter in Japan and isn’t complete yet, but the English version will ship with Chapter 1 and Extra Chapter 1 (which is what is currently available in Japan).

I’m not sure how I feel about the episodic-style release, but the Corpse Party games have always struck me as an interesting horror series that I need to just play already.

3. World of Horror

A retro horror RPG inspired by the works of H.P. Lovecraft and Junji Ito? Yes, you have my attention.

World of Horror features turn-based combat, branching stories, and what appears to be investigation-style gameplay. It also mentions roguelite elements, which isn’t my favorite thing, but I’ll give it a chance for something like this. Between its inspirations and unique aesthetic, it looks promising.

Check out the announcement trailer here. World of Horror is coming to the PC, Switch, and PS4 in 2019.

2. Observation

Not to be confused with the horror game Observer (a mistake I nearly made while writing up this post), Observation is a game planned to release in spring 2019 for the PC and PS4 from the developers of Stories Untold. The player will control an AI on a space station after a mysterious event leaves only one member of the crew on board.

I reviewed Stories Untold for MonsterVine and enjoyed it, so I was excited to hear they had a new game coming out. Now, Observation is described a “thriller” rather than a horror game, but the reveal trailer is creepy enough that I think we can count it.

And that brings us to my most-anticipated of these five horror games…

1. Devotion

When the horror game Detention came out on the Switch, I reviewed it for Nintendo Chit Chat and fell in love with its atmosphere, exploration-based gameplay, and puzzles. Despite the lack of combat, it had the survival horror mechanics I love.

(Detention is one of the games you could win by leaving comments on my blog this month.)

This year, the developers announced Devotion, a first-person horror game. All that’s available so far is a short teaser, without platforms or a release window announced yet, but I enjoyed Detention enough to already be excited for Devotion.


Those are my latest top 5 upcoming horror games, but I’m sure I missed some. What horror games are you looking forward to the most? Which of these do you want to play? Let me know in the comments.

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  9 Responses to “Celebrating All Things Spooky 2018 – Top 5 Upcoming Horror Games”

  1. The facial animation is awful in the Man of Medan trailer, but it still looks like it could be really cool. Hopefully they will improve it before the final game.
    Observation looks interesting too.

  2. Does Walking Dead Final Season count as horror? I’m looking forward to seeing if it can be completed by the post-Telltale company…

  3. […] this is a different game entirely from Corpse Party 2: Dead Patient, which I included on a list of upcoming horror games back in 2018. That one is an episodic game intended to be released in four parts, but only the first chapter and […]

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