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Focus on the Frightful: Upcoming Horror Games in 2020

Last week we looked at the best and most important horror games of the last decade. This week we’ll take a look at what’s in store for the upcoming year of 2020.

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Bracken Tor: The Time of Tooth and Claw

I haven’t heard much about this game yet but it’s set to be released in January of 2020. January 3rd, actually so I will keep you updated in the comments. This looks more like a cryptozoology themed game as opposed to their ghost-hunting focused games (Dark Fall, The Lost Crown series, etc.) but I’m in for a little creature hunting.

Bracken Tor: The Time of Tooth and Claw game cover

The second point and click horror/adventure game from developer Shadow Tor Studios. Spend a night in the moorlands as you investigate sightings of unexplainable creatures reported by park rangers and hikers in the area.

The Dark Pictures Anthology: Port Hope

Not much has been said about Little Hope but the goal of Supermassive Games seems to be to release smaller, anthology-type games twice a year. And I am so here for that.

Dark Pictures: Little Hope game cover

Dreadful Bond

I had not heard of this until today and now it is on my radar. The story sounds interesting and creepy and I’m super-excited to see Dario Argento (Suspiria) as Creative Supervisor. I. Can’t. Wait. Check out their Facebook page (link in the title) there’s a short called ‘For Bridget’.

A supernatural, psychological video game thriller, where the identity of the first-person playable character remains unknown at first. Players will find themselves exploring the abandoned Wharton Manor, a place holding both the key to ancient secrets and the memory of recent horrors. After figuring out the rules of this sprawling prison-like mansion (which is filled with strange voices, dreamscapes, memories and shadows) players will eventually be able to reveal the secret of the obscure “Empuros” and its connection to the atrocious acts committed in the manor. Anguish and horror follow the character along an elaborate personal hell, while players take part in a chilling story of alchemy, mysticism, love and death.

GhostWire: Tokyo

I am so excited for this game. The E3 trailer looked amazing and it just looks so different from the usual run. Definitely one to keep an eye on.

After strange disappearances hit Tokyo’s population, it’s up to you to uncover the source and purge the city of a strange, new evil. Armed with your own mysterious spectral abilities, you will face down the occult, unravel conspiracy theories and experience urban legends like never before.

The Last Crown: Blackenrock (Presumably)

Fans have been waiting for this game for awhile now. The Lost Crown: A Ghosthunting Adventure (you can see my review here) came out in 2008 and The Last Crown: Blackenrock originally had a release date of 2018. It has been more than ten years. I know they have a lot of projects going on but c’mon guys. Put a few of them on hold to finish Blackenrock.

Join ghost-hunters Nigel Danvers and Lucy Reubans on a spine chilling haunted adventure, packed with real paranormal activity, to unravel tales of murder and mystery. Be warned, seeking answers from the dead can have bitter consequences.

The Last of Us 2

I think that it will be very interesting to see what the follow up to blockbuster The Last of Us and to see how they handle Ellie’s relationship and moral choices.

The Last of Us Part II - Teaser Trailer #2 | PS4

Little Nightmares 2

I have yet to play Little Nightmares but I have heard a lot of good things about it.

Little Nightmares 2 game cover

The plot is set after Six manages to escape from the Maw. After washing ashore, she meets Mono, where they must work together to reach the Black Tower, which is controlled by the mysterious Broadcaster.

Maid of Sker

I’ve had my eye on Maid of Sker for awhile and it’s been on my wishlist for a long time. I’m excited to see a release date.

Maid of Sker game cover

Maid of Sker is a first-person horror game set in a remote hotel with a macabre history from Welsh folklore. Brave the nightmares of the Quiet Men. When they arrive, do not panic — don’t even breathe.

Remothered: Broken Porcelain

I was very interested in Remothered: Tormented Fathers , it looked a bit different and interesting. Remothered: Broken Porcelain is the next game in the trilogy. It looks very cinematic so I’m thinking that it might be one to get for the big screen rather than to play on the laptop.

Broken Porcelain brings an abundance of welcome changes to the series, introducing new gameplay and storytelling elements that breathe new life into the characters and an unprecedented level of immersion in this haunting adventure – perfect for both new and returning fans to the series.

Silent Night

Another that we’ve been waiting for for a long time now. Silent Night had a release date of 2019 and now it just says ‘Coming Soon’. Silent Night is a spin-off game of The Lost Crown series taking place on one Christmas Eve night in the church. I thought for sure they’d release it for December of 2019 but it’s up in the air on the release date now.

Silent Night game cover

There is a ‘presence’ haunting the long forgotten church of ‘Northfield’. Angry spirits seek revenge for an ancient crime, from the terrible time of The Black Death. Ghost-hunter, Nigel Danvers, has been sent to investigate the case, using his kitbag of ghost-hunting gadgets, on the loneliest night of the year.

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I am honestly excited for just about every game on this list. It looks like it’s going to be another great year for horror games! The ones that I’m most excited for are Dreadful Bond, Maid of Sker and GhostWire: Tokyo. Seriously, check out the trailer, it looks freaking amazing!

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