Now that we’ve had some time to sift through the numerous horror games that poured out of E3 last week like a swarm of infected in Days Gone — not a VR game, unfortunately — you might’ve noticed a few recurring trends. Quite a few of the convention’s major reveals were of the post-apocalyptic persuasion, and even virtual reality had a fairly strong presence at the event, too. Enough so that I figured we might take a look at some of the more promising upcoming VR games that fans of the horror genre absolutely should be keeping an eye on.
One of the less surprising reveals to come out of E3 had to do with DOOM’s long awaited virtual reality support. It’s happening, obviously, because this is definitely the type of game that would pair brilliantly with such a feature. Just imagine how immensely satisfying it will feel when you leap onto a floating Cacodemon so you can really get inside its personal bubble as you quickly tear it apart with your bear hands. I’m not usually one to get motion sick doing anything, but I’d be lying if I didn’t find DOOM VFR just a wee bit intimidating.
Release Date: Late 2017 (PC, PS4 – PSVR, HTC Vive)
One of several upcoming indie horror games that have taken inspiration from the premature cancellation of P.T., Visage also handily ranks among the most promising of the bunch. The focus on a dreadful and deeply unnerving atmosphere paired with near-photorealistic visuals and slow burn terror helps this one stand out as a game that may very well be one of the more genuinely terrifying titles on this list when it releases (hopefully) later this year.
Release Date: Late 2017 (PC, PS4, XBO – Oculus Rift, HTC Vive)
Killing Floor: Incursion
Revealed at E3 last year, Killing Floor: Incursion is a spin-off of Tripwire Interactive’s hugely popular co-op shooter series that’s been built from the ground up with virtual reality in mind. If you fancy teaming up with a few pals to blast monster faces with an armory of badass weapons, then Killing Floor is all about that.
Release Date: Late 2017 (PC – Oculus Rift)
The Hum: Abductions
I’ve said this no less than a billion times at this point, but this bizarre drought of creepy alien games needs to stop right away. Developer Totwise Studio’s long in-development The Hum: Abductions may be the very thing I need to get my scary alien abduction game fix.
Release Date: Late 2017 (PC – Oculus Rift)
I need Ghost Theory in the same way I need The Hum — both look to be incredibly promising entries in sub-genres I’m very interested in. And where The Hum scratches my extraterrestrial itch, Ghost Theory appears to be the paranormal investigation game I’ve wanted to play for years. The supernatural genre hasn’t been terribly popular, buoyed almost entirely by the odd Fatal Frame and its Indonesian spiritual successor, DreadOut. This game cannot come soon enough.
Release Date: Late 2017 (PC/Mac/Linux, PS4, XBO – HTC Vive)
One E3 reveal that completely blindsided me was a little game called Transference. Ubisoft is teaming up with Elijah Wood’s film production company SpectreVision (A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, The Boy) on the psychological thriller with a branching narrative that’ll have you “experiencing the limits of techno-psychology.” If you think that sounds trippy, just watch that reveal trailer.
Release Date: Spring 2018 (PC – Oculus Rift, HTC Vive)
The Walking Dead
Skybound Entertainment and Skydance Interactive aren’t content to give us just one Walking Dead virtual reality game, though exactly how many we have on the way remains to be seen. Two seems like plenty to me, but “multiple” is just nebulous enough that it could very easily mean more than that. The first is due next year
Release Date: 2018 (TBA)
Supermassive Games had two new projects to show off at E3 last week — the other is a thriller called Hidden Agenda — and as great as they each looked, the one that really caught my eye is the Until Dawn prequel, The Inpatient. Set in the Blackwood Sanatorium sixty years before the events in Until Dawn, this period horror game has the same cinematic flair as you’d expect from a Supermassive endeavor, and now with added old-agey charm.
Release Date: TBA (PS4 – PSVR)
After a troubled, and frankly bizarre, development that’s seen numerous ups and downs, with any luck, we may still be able to get our hands on the P.T.-inspired indie horror game Allison Road yet.
Release Date: (PC – TBA)
Psychological Horror | Science Fiction
If I missed something you think should’ve made this list, let me know in the comments.