Scorn Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Scorn RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network 10 Most Anticipated Indie Games of 2019 https://www.gameskinny.com/i9021/10-most-anticipated-indie-games-of-2019 https://www.gameskinny.com/i9021/10-most-anticipated-indie-games-of-2019 Wed, 05 Dec 2018 16:38:28 -0500 ESpalding

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So then, there you have it! Ten great indie games which are going to be heading our way in 2019. Of course, we've only scratched the surface as there are so many amazing indie games in development at the moment and many we will see in the coming year.

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Are you looking forward to any of these ones? Maybe you are excited about something else?

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Let us know which games you are most looking forward to seeing and we will try to keep you informed about them as well as many other titles arriving next year and beyond!

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Trine 4

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Developer: Frozenbyte
Release date: TBA 2019

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Not much is known about what Frozenbyte will be bringing us with Trine 4; there isn't even an official trailer for it, but given that Trine 3 gained quite a lot of negativity, fans are hoping that they have learned what wasn't done well last time and have built on that. 

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This time around they have partnered with Modus Games and Trine 4 will eventually be available on PS4, XBox One, PC and Nintendo Switch.

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As the news of a new Trine game was announced by accident by someone that wasn't the developer, we still don't know all that much about it. But we'll be sure to let you know when we do. 

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Spelunky 2

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Developer: Mossmouth
Release date: TBA 2019

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There is currently a frenzy of excited Spelunky fans eager to find out when the next installment is coming to our screens. Those who went to PAX West this year have already had a look at it and, judging by the chatter, it is looking like a worthy successor! 

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In Spelunky 2, you play as the daughter of the spelunker from the first game, who is trying to make her own way in the underground world. She has taken to the skies and is now exploring the tunnels on the moon. There are plenty of new dynamics, critters, and mobs to fight against.

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Phoenix Point

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Developer: Snapshot Games
Release date: June 2019

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It is always exciting when a founding father of a genre returns to their roots. That is what Phoenix Point is.

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It is being made by the creator of the original X-COM series, Julian Gollop. It is a squad-based game using turn-based tactics and strategy and is said to be the true spiritual successor of the original series. It has already got a massive fanbase, which is evident from its hugely successful Fig campaign, launched in 2017, where it raised $765,948.

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In the future, Earth is decimated by a deadly outbreak called the Pandoravirus. It has the ability to mutate a being almost instantly by combining human, animals and alien DNA. This gives the game an ever-evolving menace to deal with. The aliens themselves are procedurally generated so players will constantly be having to evolve their own tactics in order to defeat them.

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Upon release, Phoenix Point will be available on PC, Mac and Xbox One.

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In the Valley of the Gods

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Developer: Campo Santo
Release date: TBA 2019

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The last time developers Campo Santo were on the scene was back in 2016 with their sensational mystery game Firewatch. Their latest game, In the Valley of the Gods, aims to take you on a journey through 1920s Egypt while out to discover new archaeological discoveries.

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You play as an explorer named Rashida who has one more shot to make it to the big time as a filmmaker. She has been sent out to Egypt to try and uncover new ancient relics and to document the whole thing. Unfortunately for you, the only other person on this adventure is your former partner who you have absolutely no desire to work with again.

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In the Valley of the Gods does not have an exact release date just yet, but we do know that when it becomes available it will be on PC, Linux and Mac.

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Sable

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Developer: Shedworks
Release date: TBA 2019

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Undoubtedly, the first thing that grabs you about Sable, by UK-based developer Shedworks, is its unique comic book art style. It went down a storm at E3 2018 and gained a lot of interest from fans and press alike.

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The story starts when the titular character sets out into the desert for her tribes "right of passage". To become an adult, Sable must explore her surroundings, unlocking ancient histories and learning about the world around her. This is very much an exploration game with some platforming and puzzle elements thrown in for good measure. There is absolutely no combat in the game at all. Everything is focussed on exploration.

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There is no definite date for Sable's release but, until we know, here is the E3 announcement trailer for you to watch.

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Session

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Developer: crea-ture Studios
Release date: Q2 2019

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Fans of the skateboard subgenre have been hoping for a follow up on the vastly successful Skate 3 but, as it has already been confirmed by EA that there isn't going to be a Skate 4, there was a big hole in the market which needed to be filled.

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Enter crea-ture Studios and their game Session. Back in 2017, the studio launched a Kickstarter campaign to try and raise some money to make and release their own skateboard game. They were initially looking to raise CA$80,000 but managed to get a massive CA$163,700 in funding.

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Session promises to reignite your passion for skateboarding and wants you to explore what it means to be a street skater. The only limit to the tricks you can do is your creativity and your dedication. Some of the game's features include a video editor which will allow you to film, edit and create your own montage to then show to the game's community.

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PHOGS!

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Developer: Bit Loom Games
Release date: TBA 2019

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If you love bright colors, puzzles, and physics-based games, then, my friend, PHOGS! is going to be the game for you. Developed by Bit Loom Games and published by Coatsink, both in the UK, the game has been doing the round on the expo circuit this year and has been a roaring success.

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In PHOGS!, you play as a creature which resembles two dogs who are connected to each other via the mid-section. The aim is to travel through the "Phoggyverse" completing puzzles and overcoming various obstacles. Sounds pretty straightforward but with two characters for the price of one to control, things could get interesting!

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It is going to be released across multiple platforms but, as of yet, we don't know which ones that will be.

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Creaks

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Developer: Amanita Design
Release date: TBA 2019

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You might think that this is an obscure choice, but the folks at Amanita Design have a pretty good cult following thanks to their smash hit point-and-click Machinarium. The artwork of their games is unmistakable!

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There isn't a whole lot known about this game. In fact, on the game's Steam store page, all it says is "meet your new neighbors".

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In the teaser trailer for Creaks, you get the impression that this is going to be another point-and-click adventure which is heavy on puzzles and problem-solving. The setting looks dark and eerie with great attention to the smallest details.

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Once we know any more details about Creaks, we will let you know. 

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Sunless Skies

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Developer: Failbetter Games
Release date: January 31, 2019

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Even though Sunless Skies has been in Early Access on Steam for quite some time, it is finally getting a full release at the beginning of next year. Since hitting Steam back in 2017, it has been getting positive reviews all the way through its development, so this is looking like it is going to be a great addition to your indie collection. 

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In the second of their Sunless games, Failbetter Games wants you to take command of a flying locomotive and explore the reaches of space in this Victorian Gothic adventure RPG set among the stars.

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Sunless Skies is being developed for Windows, Linux and Mac.

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Sea of Solitude

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Developer: Jo-Mei Games
Release Date: Early 2019

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Sea of Solitude was announced last year as one of EA Originals' next indie titles, but it was at E3 this year that we got to see more of this stunning indie game.

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The game follows a young woman called Kay as she battles loneliness while trying to survive in an abandoned, submerged city. Her feelings and fears have turned her into her own personal enemy and the only hope she has of getting back to normal is to get help from the monsters lurking around the city. 

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Sea of Solitude will be available on Windows, PS4, and Xbox One.

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This year has been a fantastic year for gaming. Both indie and AAA developers have pushed out some amazing games and, if conferences like E3 are anything to go by, 2019 is going to be another amazing year for gaming.

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Most of you will already know which AAA games you are most excited for in the coming year, but there are also some great indie games coming up, too!

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Join us as we take a look at 10 of the most anticipated games heading our way in 2019.

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17 Most Anticipated Upcoming Horror Games of 2018 https://www.gameskinny.com/n3dqo/17-most-anticipated-upcoming-horror-games-of-2018 https://www.gameskinny.com/n3dqo/17-most-anticipated-upcoming-horror-games-of-2018 Tue, 28 Nov 2017 14:35:37 -0500 Ty Arthur

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These 17 entries aren't even all the terrifying games slated to land next year, with other titles such as Hunt: Showdown and Metro Exodus better classified as shooters, so they hit our list of most anticipated FPS games of 2018 instead.

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Plenty of other big-name, anxiously awaited games have the possibility to drop next year, with no specific release date announced yet. Maybe we will actually get Death Stranding in 2018?

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What horror game are you most looking forward to playing next year, and what titles didn't make our list that we should be looking out for? Let us know in the comments!

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Remothered: Tormented Fathers

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Developer: Stormind Games
Platforms: PC, PS4
Release Date: TBA 2018

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There's a major Clock Tower/Silent Hill vibe going on with this one, and it's refreshing to see a different protagonist, as you play as a middle-aged woman in a suit rather than an action hero.

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Remothered: Tormented Fathers sadly just came to my attention, so it didn't make the list of Early Access titles in our State Of Horror 2017 article, but rest assured we'll be covering this one more in the coming months. A portion of the game is out on Early Access at Steam now, with the full version landing on PS4 and PC next year.

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Stygian: Reign Of The Old Ones

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Developer: Cultic Games
Platforms: PC
Release Date: TBA

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Stygian: Reign of the Old Ones is a game very solidly aimed at the old-school PC RPG fans. If you couldn't get enough of Baldur's Gate, Planescape: Torment, Icewind Dale, etc., then you need to be closely watching this game's development.

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The setting is very different from those fantasy affairs though, taking place in the Lovecraftian staple of 1920's New England . . . except in this alternate history, Cthulhu already rose, and humanity is on the brink of annihilation.

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Madness and death are around every corner as a scattered humanity lives out its last days. Although it won't have the visceral terror of a first-person game, it's a good bet Stygian will deliver both as a classic RPG and as a horror title.

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Ad Infinitum

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Developer: StrixLab
Platforms: PC, Xbox One, PS4
Release Date: TBA

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Honestly, this atmospheric single-player game probably isn't going to actually come out next year, but it's worth keeping an eye on anyway just in case.

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As if the unrelenting hell of war in the trenches during WWI wasn't horrifying enough, now there's some sort of supernatural or psychological threat to deal with as well in Ad Infinitum.

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The claustrophobia of those tight trench tunnels can already make a person break a sweat, but add in something horrible chasing you that can do a lot worse than a bayonet or grenade, and it's COD meets Hellraiser!

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The Last of Us 2

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Developer: Naughty Dog
Platforms: PS4 Exclusive
Release Date: TBA 2018

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Before anyone gets all up in arms, I would defy anyone to play the opening scene of The Last of Us or to consider the connotations of the story's ending and tell me that's not a horror game.

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Now that we've got that nonsense out of the way, is there anyone out there who isn't stoked beyond belief for The Last of Us 2 to land next year? Seriously, the PS4 is killing it on exclusives lately, and this just make the hype more real.

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The Shattering

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Developer: Super Sexy Software / Deck 13 
Platforms: PC
Release Date: Q1 2018

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The Shattering is about as different on the visual front as you can possibly get from any other horror game, with starkly white, austere rooms making up your dreamscape.

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Working on the notion that emptiness is more upsetting to the human mind than darkness, there is a total lack of combat as the game messes with your -- the player's -- mind instead. 

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This is looking to be a very different type of game than Deck13's previous titles like The Surge or Lords of the Fallen. It's a bit up in the air as to whether this will be something experimental but ultimately a one-hit wonder like Super Hot, or if it might really strike a chord with gamers due to its offbeat nature.

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Dead Matter

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Developer: Quantum Integrity
Platforms: PC
Release Date: February 2018 (estimated)

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Although definitely an indie affair, this sandbox survival-horror entry looks like it will go incredibly in depth with a variety of subsystems such as water lines, player-made structures, radio stations, and more.

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While there have been plenty of zombie games, a truly immersive open world experience that brings the real world to life in a post-apocalyptic scenario has been elusive, and Dead Matter aims to rectify that situation.

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The Dead Matter release date listed above is the Kickstarter "expected fulfillment" date, and developers have essentially never met that date on a crowdfunded game, well, ever, so expect it to slip back towards the end of the year.

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Project Wight

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Developer: The Outsiders
Platforms: PC
Release Date: TBA

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Here we've got something very off the beaten path -- an alternate history Viking horror game about transforming into something monstrous and hunting down people who have nearly eradicated your species.

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Project Wight's extremely unique subject matter, coupled with the fact that you start as a relatively weak baby creature fleeing humans and then move forward through time, has officially got my interest piqued.

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It's sort of like playing the opposite side of The Witcher! Aside from asymmetrical titles like Friday the 13th or Dead by Daylight, there aren't many games that let you play as the monster, so it's a welcome change to see that finally happening with Project Wight.

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Moons Of Madness

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Developer: Rock Pocket Games,
Platforms: PC, Xbox One, PS4
Release Date: Sometime 2018

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Moons Of Madness is another Lovecraftian entry, but this one looks quite a bit different from either Call Of Cthulhu or The Sinking City. While many of those types of games deal with what comes up out of the sea, fewer cover what's out there among the darkness between the stars.

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Of course there will be liberties taken in the name of game design, but what's interesting about this project is its focus on "hard science," taking a more realistic bent -- so think more The Martian than Star Wars on the sci-fi elements.

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Scorn Part 1: Dasein

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Developer: Ebb Software
Platforms: PC
Release Date: October 2018

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There have been some amazing highs and devastating lows in Scorn's history, from a jaw-dropping trailer that had the whole horror world abuzz to times where it seemed like the project was dead in the water.

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When I first saw that disturbing, flesh-focused world in the game's original teaser video, I was hooked and knew I'd be on board no matter where development ended up going. 

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While I'm not exactly overjoyed that the game has been split into two, I'm still hopeful we'll get something that messes with our minds on the level of SOMA, while giving us an insane Giger-esque world with major touches of Cronenberg in the flesh-meets-technology style.

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Days Gone

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Developer: SIE Bend Studio
Platforms: PS4 Exclusive
Release Date: TBA

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We may be stretching just what qualifies as a "horror" game here, as the emphasis seems clearly more on the action, but since it takes place in a world where zombies (sorry, "freakers" in this case) have destroyed civilization, I'd say Days Gone qualifies.

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The biker protagonist is what will shake up the formula a bit here, putting some serious Sons Of Anarchy action into a game somewhat akin to The Last of Us, but with an absurd number of zombies on the screen at once to rival Dead Rising.

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The Inpatient

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Developer: Supermassive Games
Platforms: PS4 Exclusive
Release Date: January 24, 2018

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After the success of the PS4 exclusive slasher title Until Dawn, it shouldn't be much of a surprise that more games in that franchise were in the works. Like its oddly on-rail sequel Rush Of Blood, this prequel, titled The Inpatient, will be a VR-only game.

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The Inpatient dives back 60 years into the past and the events that took place at Blackwood Sanatorium, expanding on the mythology of Until Dawn. We know there will be a branching narrative with different possible outcomes, so based around the setting and what we discovered in Until Dawn, it leaves me wondering if you will eventually become a Wendigo yourself . . . or perhaps if you are responsible for them being unleashed from the sanitarium seen in the first game.

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Either way, the prospect of playing through a nefarious sanitarium where supernatural monsters are sure to be roaming in a VR setting sure sounds like it will get the blood pumping!

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State Of Decay 2

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Developer: Undead Labs
Platforms: PC, Xbox One
Release Date: Spring 2018

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Since Dead Island 2 is probably never going to arrive, and who knows what's happening with the Left 4 Dead franchise, we've got to look now to State Of Decay 2 for our co-op zombie apocalypse fun on consoles. The game is shaping up to be a pretty stellar combination of hard choices, tactical combat, and open-world survival.

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If you haven't gotten into the State Of Decay series yet, think of the RPG elements and large areas in a zombie apocalypse wasteland from Dead State, but with the better visuals and faster pace of something like Left 4 Dead. The mixing of styles offers up something really compelling for console players, and the sequel aims to expand that even further.

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The Sinking City

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Developer: Frogwares
Platforms: PC, presumably consoles
Release Date: Unannounced

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After Frogwares passed development of the official Call Of Cthulhu game to Cyanide, they immediately got to work on . . . a Lovecraftian Cthulhu-style game. Yeah, I don't get what happened there either, but whatever, I'll take two cosmic horror games instead of one.

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What sets The Sinking City apart is that it's an open-world game, and while the setting clearly calls to mind Innsmouth, it's done quite a bit differently, as the various districts of the game are slowly dropping beneath the waves. The city generator tool, in fact, is going to be released to fans so players can create their own versions of the city directly.

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If the promo art is any indicator, The Sinking City also looks to be a lot more explicit on the monster front than Call Of Cthulhu. We may be overly optimistic in expecting it to land as a full release by the end of 2018, but fingers crossed.

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Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night

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Developer: ArtPlay
Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch
Release Date: March 2018

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It's hard to believe we first saw the Kickstarter for this spiritual successor to Symphony Of The Night all the way back in early 2015! Koji Igarashi's love letter to his Castlevania series is finally almost here, and it's looking to be a bloody good time.

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In true horror fashion, I'm a relentless pessimist, so I've got this nagging feeling we might sadly end up in Mighty No. 9 or NightCry territory with another crowdfunded flop. Pray to all the dark gods out there that I'm very, very wrong.

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Agony

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Developer: Madmind Studio
Platforms: PC, Xbox One, PS4
Release Date: March 30, 2018

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This long-awaited titled was also on our list last year but got pushed back in recent months. But if it means a better game, I've got no problem with that development. The big draw to Agony is in its location -- you start out already in hell!

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The possibilities there for a horrifying gaming experience are endless, and based on the latest trailers, it's clear we are in for some very disturbing material. Calling to mind a bit of H.R. Giger, it's clear there's a serious vaginal motif going on with many of the demonic things to be found in the pits of hell.

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With any luck, this one will end up hitting as hard as Outlast and become a new classic of atmospheric horror.

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Call Of Cthluhu

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Developer: Cyanide
Platforms: PC, Xbox One, PS4
Release Date: TBA 2018

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Due to the mangled path of this elusive game's development shifting between two different companies, Call Of Cthulhu has managed to make our most anticipated lists for the coming year ... a solid three years in a row now! Third time's a charm, am I right?

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This new take on the Cthulhu Mythos features investigator Edward Pierce delving into the mysteries on Darkwater Island, and it looks like it will manage to get the proper pacing and style to match Lovecraft (rather than an action game).

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The way the insanity system is being implemented is also quite a bit different than what we've seen before. Hopefully the controls and difficulty won't be as maddening as Dark Corners Of The Earth!

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Lust for Darkness

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Developer: Movie Games
Platforms: PC
Release Date: Q1 2018

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Ready for something really different? This one features a main character seeking satisfaction on the border of two intertwining worlds -- one in an old Victorian mansion (anyone else thinking of Eyes Wide Shut?) and one in another dimension altogether with some Cthulhu Mythos overtones.

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Erotica has entangled with horror in many different mediums over the ages, but video games tend to shy away from that due to the ESRB, so it's a welcome surprise to see that trend getting bucked here with the psychological horror entry Lust for Darkness.

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While the promo imagery makes it clear that sexuality intertwined with the occult and BDSM will play a key role, it obviously must be toned down or off-screen enough that Steam will still let the game be sold, so it's not quite clear just how far the game will really go.

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There's a lot of room here for unintentional comedy or for the sexual aspects to really fall flat, so hopefully this new developer has all its ducks in a row before release. Consider me "cautiously optimistic" for something worth playing that just might change how we view horror games.

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The horror genre has been absolutely thriving lately, with knockout entries arriving to revitalize the Resident Evil franchise and keep survival horror going strong with The Evil Within 2.

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Don't forget about the indie side either, because small-time developers are consistently coming out with surprising entries that propel horror forward in unexpected and innovative ways.

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With the year nearly done, it's time to start looking ahead to what's slated (or rumored) to drop in the 2018 horror game lineup. Sadly, perennially missing entities like Routine, Draugen, and Dead Island 2 are probably never coming out, but that's OK because there are some killer games set to land next year.

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Here we're rounding up 17 of the most interesting horror games in a variety of gameplay styles, from FPS to RPG and beyond.

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The State of Horror Games In 2017 https://www.gameskinny.com/8hsye/the-state-of-horror-games-in-2017 https://www.gameskinny.com/8hsye/the-state-of-horror-games-in-2017 Tue, 28 Nov 2017 12:24:09 -0500 Ty Arthur

If you're one of those depraved folks like myself who demand that the scares come hard and fast, then 2017 was likely a very satisfying year for you.

We've had a knockout trip around the sun on the horror front, with indie excursions like The Void proving small-time production companies can release killer movies, and of course, the Stephen King It adaptation taking the world by storm and being a box office smash hit.

We didn't lose out on the video game front, either, and somehow managed to go a whole year without a new Five Nights At Freddy's (did I just hear a collective cheer echoing out from the horror fanbase?).

From the vampire-themed Crimson Court DLC for Darkest Dungeon to some absolutely massive entries in the biggest series, horror fans got absolutely spoiled in recent months. Sadly, it wasn't all gray skies and bloody lollipops, as there were some notable flops in the horror genre this past year as well. Let's take a look back at what was worth playing and what's destined to hit the bargain bin.

Biggest Horror Disappointments Of 2017

You might be tempted to look at this year's roster of games and muse that with Resident Evil returning to proper horror form, and new entries landing in the Outlast and Evil Within series, perhaps there was nothing to complain about. Unfortunately that wasn't quite the case, as a few games failed to bring the fright factor. 

Freddy Krueger... or Freddy Got Fingered?

I was absolutely in love with Dead By Daylight when it first landed way ahead of Friday The 13th or The Last Year, although over time, as changes have been made, the fanbase has become pretty surly about nerfs to the monsters.

Things reached a fever pitch with the Nightmare On Elm Street DLC, which was a clear shot across the bow aimed directly at rival asymmetric slasher title Friday The 13th.

Playing as Freddy Krueger is something many a horror fan has wanted for decades, but now that it's here, the reality is more tepid dream than blistering nightmare. Krueger is probably the weakest and least fun of the all the slashers to play, managing to even land below the Wraith, and that takes some serious effort.

 Maybe it should have been Drop Dead Fred instead?

Swing and a Miss at Blind Horror

Perception was an indie title I was eagerly looking forward to, and I closely watched its development after that Kickstarter success. The little dogs have been bringing some big treats to the table lately thanks to crowd funding, and it seemed that would be the case here.

When a developer doesn't have to deal with publishers who won't risk money on new concepts, you can get some truly amazing games. Perception had the intriguing concept part down, but it just doesn't quite deliver on the execution.

It's a shame, too, because there are some really interesting elements utilized here in playing as a blind character, such as using a smart phone's descriptive text service to see what something looks like. And honestly, what game wouldn't be made better with killer dolls? Although it seemed like it would revolutionize first-person horror gaming, the end result is surprisingly "meh."

 What a shame.

Horror Shooter Mess

The exceedingly atmospheric Inner Chains managed to land on our most anticipated horror and FPS game lists last year based off the strength of its unsettling aesthetics and interesting designs, but it seriously failed to deliver on either the horror or the shooter front.

Although pretty to look at (when it isn't glitching out), the gameplay is quite tepid, and the fact that this isn't a AAA offering really shows. Inner Chains currently sits at an abysmal 40% rating at Metacritic, with Steam reviews decidedly on the "mixed" front.

It may be worth checking out at this point for new players, however, as the game has received some upgrades since release, including key bindings, more environmental sounds, and additional animations.  Hopefully we get a much better overall horror experience with the upcoming Agony, which is set directly in hell and lands next year.

 How did this manage to NOT be awesome?

An Uncertain Development

Whether this one is a "disappointment" or a "cautiously optimistic" scenario is up for any given reader to decided, but I'm landing solidly on the former when it comes to Scorn's very uncertain future.

You might remember that killer first trailer (available below) that strongly evoked feelings of H.R. Giger, Alien, and Cronenberg with its disturbing fleshy technology.

Hype was high, but there was a big crash not long afterward with a Kickstarter failure and an announcement that the game would be split into two segments, which is never a good sign. Things seemed to be back on the upswing with the announcement of a publisher, but then immediately took a dive again when the developers announced another Kickstarter campaign.

To me, it doesn't speak of a stable product on the way to completion when additional money beyond what was provided by the publisher is still needed to make the first half of the game polished enough for release.

Granted, I would love to be proved wrong here -- this is a game that I legitimately want to succeed -- but I just don't envision the full two-part game ever seeing the light of day, or the first half being a finished and polished experience.

Indie Horror Triumphs 2017

If you want to know where horror absolutely thrives, you have to look beyond the big-name releases. That's true of the movie and publishing industries, and it's equally true in the gaming world. Smaller developers with a project they are truly passionate about can often trump big name companies restrained by bureaucracy and skittish publishers.

Observer

Featuring the star power of Rutger Hauer, Observer flew under the radar for a lot of gamers, as it wasn't hugely advertised, but if you love psychological head games or disturbing visions of the future, you want to play this game.

Although not without some flaws, the game sees Bloober Team take the concepts from Layers Of Fear and catapult them to the next level, translating that style of game into a very different experience featuring a detective in a dystopian cyberpunk future.

Hacking into the brains of the deceased is a harrowing experience, and there were times when I legitimately wanted to rush as quickly as I could to the end of a segment to get out of someone's mind hellscape.

 Get ready to lose your mind -- or gain a few others.

Distrust

You can always rely on the little developers to give you a completely new vision of something that's become standard. Distrust is basically The Thing the game, but it's a very different experience than the actual game based on that movie.

The atmosphere of cold and paranoia is on full blast here, and the top-down style brings to mind something like Dead State but in a much more polished rendition with better controls.

  Sadly, there's no Kurt Russel. 

Little Nightmares

After Among The Sleep showed that you can play a harrowing game as a toddler, it was only a matter of time before we saw kids play a more prominent role in creepy games. 

Little Nightmares goes for the platformer style instead of a first-person experience, but it's still incredibly creepy and atmospheric. When you're a little kid, everything bigger than you is scary in the dark -- and the disturbing David Firth-style designs don't make things any better.

The gameplay is incredibly solid, and the sound effects are utterly spot-on. Even if you don't normally dig horror, you should still give this one a shot, as it was probably one of the best games to come out this year in any genre.

 How did this game manage to be adorable and horrifying at the same time?

Home Sweet Home

There have been some killer horror titles from smaller developers based around Korean and Chinese myths, and now we've got a Thai entry to expand your horizons even further.

Although a shorter entry that's only the first episode of a larger experience to come, Home Sweet Home is absolutely drenched in dread, and this is the sort of game that can have you literally screaming while playing alone in the dark.

 Put the headphones on, turn the lights off, and get ready to shriek.

Stories Untold

I think "whoa" might be an appropriate response for this totally unexpected collection of four adventures. Stories Untold very strongly showcases how indie developers can do something really interesting by going off the beaten path.

You wouldn't think a text game colliding with a point-and-click adventure could be this engrossing, but trust me, this is one you want to experience first-hand.

There's strong echoes of series like Black Mirror or even Stranger Things as the game focuses on narrative above all else. The 80s-themed synthwave soundtrack is a nice bonus as well.

 Seriously, just play it.

Early Access Horror 2017

As the Early Access phenomena becomes more commonplace in gaming, it shouldn't be much of a surprise that horror games have gotten on the bandwagon as well. There are three this year that stand out and are nearing full release worth paying attention to.

P.A.M.E.L.A.

I'm digging the non-traditional setting on P.A.M.E.L.A. and am glad to see gamer feedback from the early access edition getting filtered to the developers, but there's one nagging question I can't let go of.

Considering the intense similarities in location, mechanics, and tone, can this indie offering have any chance of beating out Arkane's Prey? Hopefully we'll have something along the lines of a new classic System Shock experience, but only time will tell.

 Looks familiar, but maybe it can deliver something new?

We Happy Few

Oh boy, things have gotten ugly between this game and its fan base in recent months. After a very successful Kickstarter and more funds coming in from early access, the developers made a rather controversial decision to team up with publisher Gearbox at the 11th hour.

Backers and Early Access buyers (perhaps rightfully) feel a little betrayed there, and new players aren't happy either, since the price got jacked up after the publisher deal. It's a good bet we can expect game elements to be taken out and delivered piecemeal back to us as DLC.

Despite that whole unfortunate debacle, when it comes to the actual gameplay and visuals, I'm personally still greatly looking forward to We Happy Few's finished version coming in April.

 Have you taken your Joy today?

Hello Neighbor

We're only weeks away now from the retail version of Hello Neighbor, and I'm eagerly awaiting what the final product will look like after several fun alpha tests. 

The game isn't precisely "horror" per se but definitely has an element of mystery and the unknown. In the alpha builds I've played so far, there are hints at odd and unsettling things going on down in that basement -- and some truly weird and ethereal in-between segments when you unlock certain doors -- but overall the early versions were more bubbly and colorful than scary.

The tension is in not getting caught, although that's diffused somewhat by the fact that the bad guy throws jars of glue at you, and nothing really happens when you get caught except for some heavy breathing. Maybe we'll get something really dark next month in the full release?

 Instead of "What's in the box?" now it will be "What's in the basement?"

Biggest Horror Releases Of 2017

We've covered the small fish, so now let's take a look at the gigantic whales that made the biggest splashes this year in franchises that have become household names.

Resident Evil 7

It was very welcome news indeed when the Resident Evil 7 crew realized that the defenseless horror style had vastly overtaken the action-horror genre. RE7 gave us something completely out of the ordinary for the series, and it was exactly what was needed to revitalize this faltering franchise.

My hope is that there's yet another jump in gameplay to something completely different in the next installment so that we don't fall back into stagnant territory again.

 Always decline hillbilly dinner invitations.

The Evil Within 2

Surpassing the original game in nearly every single way, oddly enough The Evil Within 2 basically gave us the classic Resident Evil experience that we didn't get with RE7. If you find yourself longing for that classic third-person survival horror experience, Evil Within 2 delivers it and then some!

Outlast 2

After being blown away by the first entry in the series, this was my most anticipated game of 2017 by a mile. Taking the claustrophobic style of Outlast and putting it out in the backwoods with a group of hillbilly cultists seemed a recipe for some major scares.

While the game was good overall -- even great in parts -- Outlast 2 didn't necessarily get better even though it was made bigger. Some of the fright factor was reduced with the bigger outdoor areas, and the main villain Marta just didn't have the same visceral terror as the bad guy from the first game. 

I wouldn't go so far as to put it in the "biggest disappointments" category, but this sequel did definitely lose something from the first game. Maybe third time will be the charm?

 Still, getting your crotch split open with this axe is pretty terrifying the first time around.

Friday the 13th

This latest entry in the many vs. one style got off to a rocky start with non-functional achievements and server problems galore over that first week. If you didn't have those issues though, Friday the 13th is a ton of fun and a fine example of the asymmetric gaming style.

There are some quibbles about how the maps are very similar and how they really need to get Space Jason in there from Jason X, but otherwise, this one really surprised me and managed to easily match or exceed the Dead By Daylight experience.

 Chee chee chee, ahh ahh ahh!

Forecast for Horror in 2018

If this year was good for horror, it's really 2018 that's shaping up to be phenomenal, especially for you Lovecraft fans out there. With no less than three Mythos-focused games coming, there is a lot to look forward to next year.

Tentacled Madness From The Depths

Getting to a new Call Of Cthulhu game was an appropriately winding and tentacled path, starting off with Sherlock Holmes developer Frogwares announcing the game and then going curiously silent.

Considering the focus on investigation and clues in their previous games, Frogwares seemed like the perfect fit. Development unexpectedly shifted over to Cyanide, however, and the game's style shifted significantly, with a 2018 release date now expected. 

Curiously, Frogwares then announced The Sinking City, revolving around a 1920s private investigator in New England, which sure seems like a Cthulhu mythos game to me. . . . Honestly, I'm perfectly fine with getting two games instead of one. I just wish things had been more transparent and come together more quickly.

Although more of an RPG than a horror game in the traditional sense, easily the game I'm most looking forward to arriving next year is Stygian: Reign Of The Old Ones. Take the Baldur's Gate style of travel and conversation, mix it with the turn-based strategic combat of Heroes Of Might and Magic, and then coat it all in an apocalyptic 1920s Earth where the Old Ones rose and destroyed humanity, and you've got Stygian.

 For the old-school gamer, this is going to be a must-have game.

Zombies Galore!

For those who prefer the walking dead over sanity-blasting madness from the stars, there's no shortage of titles coming soon. Days Gone has got to be the most anticipated at this point, with its outlaw biker protagonist trying to survive in a post-apocalytpic world.

Don't discount State Of Decay 2, however, which also promises a third-person, open-world experience. Supposedly that Walking Dead VR game is also coming, but we hear that every year, so who knows.

     Get ready to face the shambling hordes!

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That about wraps up our whirlwind tour of all things that went bump in the night throughout 2017 -- what did you think of this year's lineup of horror titles, and what are you most looking forward to playing in 2018 horror games?

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The 12 Most Anticipated Horror Games of 2017 https://www.gameskinny.com/ffkcp/the-12-most-anticipated-horror-games-of-2017 https://www.gameskinny.com/ffkcp/the-12-most-anticipated-horror-games-of-2017 Fri, 25 Nov 2016 07:00:01 -0500 Ty Arthur

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While these 12 entries are our most anticipated horror games of 2017, there's bound to be more arriving under the radar, much like this year's indie slasher excursion Camp Sunshine.

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While some anticipated games like What Remains Of Edith Finch seem to be dead in the water, others that have been long delayed will finally arrive. Most notable among those is the sci-fi horror mashup Routine, which was long in limbo and on many “most anticipated” lists several years running (including ours) and now finally has a March 2017 release date.

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On the franchise front, there will no doubt be another Five Nights At Freddy's or seven released in 2017 (before the fanboys go on a rampage, I actually thought Sister Location was the best one yet).

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What 2017 horror game are you most looking forward to playing, and what games did we miss that should have made the list?

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The Hum: Abductions

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Remember that flick Dark Skies a few years back where a family fights to save their kid from alien abductors? That's the gist of The Hum: Abductions, putting you in the role of a mother trying to save her child.

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It's not clear exactly when Abductions will drop, but it's expected out sometime next year, and hopefully with some more in-depth gameplay trailers arriving soon.

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P.A.M.E.L.A.

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An interesting amalgam of styles and settings, P.A.M.E.L.A. looks a bit like a mashup of We Happy Few and SOMA, but with more of a focus on combat. Here, you play as the Sleeper, who wakes up to find what should be a utopia is instead a nightmare. This open world title is slated to land in February of 2017.

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The Sinking City

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It's been a winding road so far for The Sinking City, and I'd wager there will be more bumps along the way, so it might be optimistic to list this as a potential 2017 game.

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The Sinking City was originally the Call Of Cthulhu game from the previous slide and was announced way back in 2014, but the project was shifted away from developer Frogwares, which then began working on a very similar (and obviously still Lovecraft-inspired) game called The Sinking City.

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Considering that Frogwares has released several investigative-focused Sherlock Holmes games, it's a good bet this one will probably end up being the better of the two... if it's ever released.

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Call Of Cthulhu

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It's been a lot of years since Call Of Cthulhu: Dark Corners Of The Earth offered us a faithful (if frustrating) recreation of a Lovecraft story. Originally being made by a different developer several years ago, this updated Call Of Cthulhu entry was shunted over to Cyanide Studio and is now due out in 2017.

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Since there hasn't been any actual gameplay revealed yet, it's tough to gauge whether this will be a proper follow-up to Dark Corners Of The Earth or if it will end up being maligned like recent Alone In The Dark entries.

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If the stars are right, this one will stay true to the investigative roots of the Cthulhu mythos and not end up with the main character getting into shoot outs with Elder Things.

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Outlast 2

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How excited am I for Outlast 2? I'm not sure words like "giddy" or "squealing like a schoolgirl" really capture the full extent of it.

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The game was originally included in our most anticipated horror list last year, as it was supposed to come out in time for Halloween, but unfortunately was pushed back to Q1 2017.

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That stinging blow was mitigated with the release of a demo, which has only increased anticipation further. There's going to be some fantastic tension in this one, as you hide from evil religious extremist hillbillies intent on splitting you from head to toe. With any luck, that weirdly out of place sci-fi ending from the first game won't be making a return...

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Darkest Dungeon: Crimson Court DLC

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This devastatingly hard RPG is jam packed with horror elements, from the grim death of starving in the wilderness to your companions losing their sanity and turning on you to battling horrible mounds of pig flesh giving unholy life by your vile ancestor.

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If you managed to actually rebuild your town to its former glory and eradicate the horrors ravaging the countryside, there's more darkness on its way with the vampiric blood drinking themes of upcoming DLC Crimson Court.

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There's no specific release date yet, but Crimson Court has been announced for "early 2017."

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Inner Chains

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You might recall seeing Inner Chains mentioned on our list of most anticipated 2017 FPS games as well, and that's not an oversight. Both a shooter and a horror title, Inner Chains steps in to fill that void left by extremely gory action-packed horror games like Clive Barker's Jericho.

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The mixing of organic life with machinery and stonework has some disturbing implications, and the balance between genres looks to be very satisfying. If you like the idea of Agony but want a game that lets you shoot back, Inner Chains should be on your short list of games to try out next year.

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Walking Dead Season 3: A New Frontier

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The show and it's pointless spin-off may have gone down the toilet, but there's still hope for the game series as Clementine returns for round three.

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That devastating ending to the first season is still among the highlights of heart-string pulling storytelling in video games, and hopefully Telltale can return to former glory here and kick us in the gut yet again.

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Some of you might be screeching right now that The Walking Dead: A New Frontier is technically starting in 2016, but much like with early access titles, episodic games that span multiple calendar years are sort of up in the air as to when they are "released." Is it the date of the first episode, or the date of the physical edition with all episodes included?

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Seeing as how more of the game will be released in 2017 than in 2016, we're gonna call this one a 2017 release.

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Visage

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A crowd funded psychological horror title, Visage is due out from indie developer SadSquare in Q2 2017.

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The imagery revealed so far of course brings to mind the ill-fated P.T. with its haunted hallways in an enclosed home, and with the fate of the P.T. inspired Allison Road in limbo, this may be the closest we'll ever get.

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Agony

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Survival horror... set in hell itself? Sign me up! As someone who was blown away by the recent indie hell-focused flick Baskin and has been missing quality Hellraiser films from decades past, I'm more than a little excited for Agony, which has plowed through its Kickstarter funding goal and is slated for a May 2017 release.

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Scorn

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Two words most come to mind when first witnessing the trailer for Scorn: ominous and disturbing! The game clearly has a very alien frame of mind, and the main character doesn't appear to be human at all.

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Melding together different ideas from across the sci-fi and horror spectrum, there's clear echoes of Giger's artwork and the Alien universe, but with a more explicitly horror direction. I'm honestly hoping this one's going to break my brain when it finally arrives.

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Resident Evil 7

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Finally getting out of the action zone and back into horror where it belongs, RE7 is clearly looking to remove the stain of the critically panned previous game and capitalize on the defenseless horror craze that's been made famous by games like Alien: Isolation, Penumbra, and Outlast.

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As a comeback of sorts and the first of the main numbered series to be in a first person perspective, Capcom has a lot of room here for a landmark horror release... or a spectacular flop. What do you think of the changes and are you expecting Resident Evil to be terrifying again?

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From indie 2D titles to high end AAA gore fests, there's been something of a rebirth lately in the horror genre, with the focus finally pulling away from shooting action and landing where it belongs: on the actual horror.

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With 2017 on the horizon, you may have noticed several of our most anticipated horror games from last year never actually arrived! Sadly, some of the most intriguing titles like Perception and Draugen didn't reach the end of their development cycles, and the much-buzzed Outlast 2 got pushed back last minute to Q1 2017. Games like We Happy Few however were arguably released as the early access phenomena royally screws up release dates and what it means for a game to be "finished."

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Meanwhile, the asymmetrical Friday The 13th is looking worse each time more is revealed, while Dead By Dawn seems to have already covered the same material with much less wait time and to a better degree. We'll have to just wait and see if the very similar The Last Year can offer something different.

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While we wait for those delayed games to hit, there are many new games announced for 2017 that will get genre fans salivating, and here we're going to cover 12 of the most eagerly anticipated horror games coming in the next year!

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Horror adventure Scorn's teaser trailer revealed https://www.gameskinny.com/guk27/horror-adventure-scorns-teaser-trailer-revealed https://www.gameskinny.com/guk27/horror-adventure-scorns-teaser-trailer-revealed Fri, 08 Jul 2016 04:58:59 -0400 CalendarV

Teaser trailer of Scorn, a first person horror adventure game currently being developed by Ebb Software, was released online recently.

The game is set in a nightmarish environment that resembles the taste of H. R. Giger. The player will be able to explore the interconnected regions in non-linear way, while solving puzzles and understanding stories at each location. There are no cut-scenes, and the storytelling entirely relies on the gameplay. So, the player must be conscious during the game so they don't miss any important materials.

For immersive play, Ebb Software is making in-game interactions with the world to be realistic. For example, picking up an object will actually use the character's hands instead of floating in midair. Also, there is no HUD to assist the player. All factors are indicated and implied by the environmental design of the game.

With its distinct concept and art, Scorn is gathering interest from various gamers. It is currently on Steam Greenlight, and will be released in 2017.

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