With the phenomenally good remake of Resident Evil 2 the horror gaming year 2019 started extremely spectacular. And there are even more big horror blockbuster like Days Gone (April 26, 2019). But also many smaller horror games are coming. Discover some surprising new horror video games for this year. You won’t be disappointed.
1/ Layers of Fear 2
The development team behind the excellent horror games Layers of Fear (2016) and Observer (2017) annonced for this year Layers of Fear 2. The game from 2016 focused on a disturbed painter while the plot from the new one takes place on board of an old cruise ship and revolves around a star of the silent movie era. As in the first Layers of Fear, the second part also focuses on changing level architecture in order to cause horror and confusion. The developer studio Bloober Team also draws on elements of cinema history, ranging from the experimental works of Georges Méliès to the tense twists of Alfred Hitchcock. We can’t wait to get another horror story with great jump scares. The game will be released on PC, PS4 and Xbox One.
2/ Close to the sun
Developed by the Italian studio Storm in a Teacup, Close to the Sun is a horror game that puts the player in an alternative steampunk version of the early 20th century. The player steers the young journalist Rose Archer from the ego view, which strikes it on the Helios in search of her disappeared sister Ada – a research ship built by Nikola Tesla himself. On board the luxurious ship, however, a mysterious experiment seems to have gone terribly wrong. The Indie game has already been praised from testers. It will be released for PC, PS4 and Xbox One
3/ Someday You’ll Return
Someday You’ll Return (developer CBE Software) is a psycho-horror game in which the player searches a forest in the Czech Republic for a missing daughter. Stela, hero Daniel’s daughter, has not run away for the first time. But this time it feels different. In the forest the player fathoms ancient secrets from local legends and myths, encounters gruesome nightmares and learns from the people there why the daughter keeps running away. The story is supposed to deal with fatherhood, fears and the repression and acceptance of the past. The horror often turns out to be more subtle than a clumsy monster that blocks the path. It looks a bit like the excellent Firewatch from 2016. A PC version will be released this year. PS4 and Xbox One version should follow.
4/ Atomic Heart
Atomic Heart (developer Mundfish) is more a first-person shooter with RPG and adventure elements than a horror game. But there are still some scaring moments. It is set in an alternative universe during the zenith of the Soviet Union. The scenario mixes end-time and retro-futurism with the style of the USSR. The player slips into the role of a special agent, who is sent to a top secret object of the government, which sends no life signs for some time no more. Not surprisingly, hell breaks over shortly thereafter. Besides the fights with various firearms and melee weapons against robots and zombies, Atomic Heart also focuses on the exploration of the Open World and a bizarre love story. It’s planed for PC, PS4 and Xbox One.
5/ Man of Medan (The Dark Pictures)
The Dark Pictures Anthology is the new project of Supermassive Games, the studio behind the horror adventure Until Dawn (2015). It is divided into three independent episodes, the first of which is called Man of Medan. In this episode, a group of holidaymakers come across an abandoned ship from the Second World War in the South Seas and have to make acquaintance with supernatural powers. Similar to Until Dawn, the player’s choices will affect the later stages of the game and which characters survive the stoty. The cast also includes well-known actors such as Aaron Ashmore. After some disappointing games like The Inpatient (2017) and Bravo Team (2017) it’s time for Supermassive Games to show that they are still capable of making great games such as Until Dawn. This time it will not be an PS4 exclusiv title. Xbox players watch out!
6/ The Peterson Case
British studio Quarter Circle Games has announced The Peterson Case for PC, PS4 and Xbox One in early 2019. In this horror game, detective Franklin Reinhardt tries to solve the disappearance of a family in an abandoned house. But he soon discovers that there is a supernatural presence in the house. The game is set in 1947 and takes place very close to the “Roswell UFO Case” in the USA.
The developers promise a mixture of horror, narrative and riddles. P.T., Signs, The Mcphearson Tape and The Vanishing of Ethan Carter are named as inspirations.
Until then keep playing!