Top 10 Upcoming Horror Games

VOICE OVER: Dave Thibault WRITTEN BY: Owen Maxwell
These upcoming games look absolutely terrifying. For this list we're looking at the scariest video games coming out in 2020 and beyond. Our countdown of nightmare-fuel games includes "Senua's Saga: Hellblade 2" (TBA), "The Last of Us Part II" (2020), "Resident Evil 3" (2020), "Dying Light 2" (2020), "Little Nightmares 2" (2020), and more! Which of these games do YOU think will be the scariest? Let us know in the comments!
Script written by Owen Maxwell

Top 10 Upcoming Horror Games in 2020 and Beyond

While the unknown is always scarier, we just had to discuss these gems. Welcome to WatchMojo and today we're counting down our picks for the Top 10 Upcoming Horror Games in 2020 and Beyond.

For this list we're looking at the most horrifying offerings coming out in the world of gaming for the next couple years. We're basing our choices on a mix of promising trailers, unnerving gameplay and the spooky tone we've seen from these games so far.

#10: "Sons Of The Forest" (TBA)

When a helicopter crashes, you're forced to watch as the soldiers around you get dragged into the darkness. This is the horrifying imagery that sets the tone for "Sons of the Forest." While the first entry in "The Forest" series has grounded survival aspects, this follow-up has a lot more supernatural horror in its trailer alone. Between the creepy lady dancing around fallen comrades and the feature-less demons reminiscent of "The Descent," we've already got goose bumps. Plus the "Stranger Things"-meets-John Carpenter score amps up the terror. And since it looks like a monster is what attacks your helicopter, it's chilling just to think what else lies in these dangerous woods.

#9: "Once Upon a Time In Roswell" (2020)

In 1947; A detective in Roswell, New Mexico is investigating the disappearance of a family, when his case take a more sinister turn. The first-person terror of "Once Upon a Time In Roswell" certainly suggests some extraterrestrial frights but also satanic threats. The game uses flashbacks to explore possible explanations for the family's whereabouts as well, which presents opportunities for even scarier moments. So with the mystery of aliens, the unholy and an unexplained military involvement, and the notable P.T. inspiration in its trailer; we're having trouble sleeping just thinking about the trailer for "Once Upon a Time In Roswell." Where’s Mulder & Scully when you need ‘em?

#8: "The Outlast Trials" (TBA)

While you face psychotic terrors alone in the previous "Outlast" games, "The Outlast Trials" is finally letting you play with others. The game puts you in the shoes of Cold War-era test subjects in a twisted lab, which means plenty of challenges if the title can be believed. Strange goggles from the promotional art also seem to replace the camera from other "Outlast" games, as a way to keep tension high in dark halls. As the game is set to support solo and co-op play, it's not likely going to be any less spooky with friends helping you either. Besides, the freaky "Where freedom ends" tagline has us on edge about how badly things can turn out for the prisoners in this "Outlast" spinoff.

#7: "System Shock" (2020)

A space station is being overrun by a malevolent AI, so you play a hacker trying to take the ship back. Though the 1994 version of "System Shock” was frightening back in the day, it has not aged well. So this ground up remake is updating all the terror and mechanics for modern gamers. The game explores the horrors of technology, and packs in plenty of mutants and robots to give you shivers as well. Plus it's the perfect way to get back into the series ahead of the upcoming "System Shock 3" release. And considering the original "System Shock" franchise is the spiritual beginnings of "Bioshock," it's no surprise how haunting the atmosphere of this remaster looks already.

#6: "Little Nightmares 2" (2020)

The outside world looks desolate and warped because of a broadcast from a menacing tower. This is the intimidating landscape that "Little Nightmares 2" puts you in as you solve puzzles and navigate through this follow-up. Though your new hero Mono is joined by Six from the original game, the dangers beyond the Maw promise this is a more intimidating entry. While you're less isolated with your AI-controlled partner this time, there's sure to be some tension to keeping each other alive. The additional combat system could also leave players on edge as it won't be clear anymore when you can run and when you fight. Demented teachers and evil children are lurking here as well, so "Little Nightmares 2" is bound to keep you up at night.

#5: "Senua's Saga: Hellblade 2" (TBA)

Rather than let us imagine all the possible destruction from abusing ancient magic, the trailer for "Senua's Saga" paints a fairly morbid picture. Amongst all the spooky Nordic chanting, giants and torch-wielding occultists, the game seems to preserve the dark take on fantasy from the original. The first game in the series was a master class in psychological horror, as it delved into the mind of a protagonist with psychosis, in the world Celtic and Norse mythology. Need I remind you all of the fear felt in the blindness trial? If that wasn't enough, "Hellblade 2" has plenty of visual power to disturb gamers thanks to its release on the Xbox Series X too.

#4: "GhostWire: Tokyo" (TBA)

This game is best described In the immortal words of Ikumi Nakamura: (“It’s Spooky”) No not those word: (“People are vanishing in Tokyo, and it's your job in to figure out why”) By using its rapture-like disappearances to terrify gamers, "GhostWire" looks to center largely around an occult spin on Japanese culture. However the game is also promising that grounded explanations are just as important to its story. There's interesting modern takes on spirits, ninja and samurai as well, but it's unclear how all of them fit into its supernatural concepts for now. It’s all very compelling, but with Nakamura leaving her role as Creative Director so early in development, we do have some worries about what’s happening behind the scenes.

#3: "The Last of Us Part II" (2020)

It’s main focus may not be on horror, which is why it’s only #3, but for horror fans, the game is still worth your attention. Given suggestions from developer Naughty Dog that this a revenge game however, it's clear that things go downhill quickly in this sequel. Winter settings feature warped Infected zombies to match their environment, while the warmer sections appear to show how nature is reclaiming cities. Survival looks to keep players tense this time with newer bloated Clickers, and frightening dogs. But even with all its zombies, the haunting tone of "The Last of Us Part II" is set to come largely from all the atrocities the human characters do to each other.

#2: "Dying Light 2" (2020)

15 years into a viral, zombie apocalypse, an infected survivor is trying to make the most of his dire circumstances. With this twist "Dying Light 2" not only sets its story apart, but enhances its parkour too. This means you can go farther and even push zombies to break your fall this time around. You face more dangerous missions as a result though, so every excursion comes with its own set of horrors. Night time sends out more zombies as well, so everything is riskier the later that you go out. "Dying Light 2" also boasts branching consequences for mission choices, so the scariest moments in the game can come from your own decisions.

#1: "Resident Evil 3" (2020)

With zombies ravaging Raccoon City, Jill Valentine tries to escape the clutches of the evil Umbrella Corporation. "Resident Evil 3" updates the 1999 release of the game with more action, and tight gameplay to match Capcom's celebrated remake of "Resident Evil 2." However the infamous Nemesis in this release is being touted as a significantly stronger enemy than Mr. X from its predecessor, which is chilling just to think about. This version is also tweaking character and enemy looks, while it's modifying the original story to help its emotional impact. Plus since this version won't keep the story the same, it's terrifying to think what new twists await us in Raccoon City.