Why does October get all the fun? We are in the mood for a good scare almost every day of the year. With that in mind, we’ve put together a list of our most anticipated horror games of 2022 arranged in chronological release order† And since anticipation is a crucial element to horror, the more you look forward to these scare parties, the scarier they’ll be, right? … Boo!
You have to see Atomic Heart in action to understand what makes this surreal open-world action/RPG so exciting. It looks like a moving work of art full of breathtaking landscapes and grotesque mutants. Set in an alternate reality, during the “Soviet Union’s High Afternoon,” you must clean up a mess created by a catastrophic event emanating from a secret government facility. In other words, you have to kill some monsters.
The Callisto protocol
The Callisto Protocol is being developed by Striking Distance Studios, founded by Glen Schofield, and is staffed by several ex-visceral games members who worked on EA’s Dead Space. This makes The Callisto Protocol a spiritual successor to the beloved sci-fi horror franchise. Interestingly, the title also takes place in a distant version of the PUBG universe and revolves around an alien invasion of a prison colony on Jupiter’s moon Callisto. Unfortunately, we don’t know much more about the project at this point, but you had us at “Dead Sp’s spiritual successor” – you didn’t even have to finish the sentence.
If a spider and Thomas the Train had Rosemary’s baby, it might look something like Choo-Choo Charles. In this open-world action game, you navigate an old train across a mist-covered island. As you complete missions and find scrap, you’ll improve the speed, armor, and damage of your train’s mounted machine gun. Why does the train have a mounted machine gun? That’s because a spider-like train monster is chasing you all the time, and you don’t have a boot big enough to crush it.
Dead space (2022)
Since the release of Dead Space 3 in 2013, EA’s iconic sci-fi horror series has seemed like a… ehem… dead franchisee. Fortunately, that changed last year when EA announced that Motive Studio is working on a remake of the 2008 original. The new game keeps the same basic concept: 26th-century engineer Isaac Clarke travels to a derelict mining ship to search for the missing crew, only to discover that their bodies are twisted into grotesque monstrosities. Motive says it is willing to take some liberties with this remake. For example, Isaac won’t be a silent protagonist like in the original release, and we hope his screams drown out ours.
Evil Dead: the game
Grab your boomstick and some friends and get ready to fight against hordes of undead monsters – excuse us – evil dead monsters. With a mix of co-op and PVP multiplayer action, teams of survivors must work together to explore and loot supplies as they work to bridge the gap between our world and a world full of hideous monsters. You can enter the battlefield as well-known characters such as Ash, Scotty, Lord Arthur, Kelly Maxwell and Pablo Simon Bolivar. In fact, many of the original actors are reprising their roles, including Bruce Campbell. Hail to the king!
Tango Gameworks is best known for The Evil Within, which Shinji Mikami, creator of Resident Evil, directed. While Ghostwire: Tokyo takes inspiration from a few other places, this first-person adventure doesn’t look any less terrifying. After nearly all of Tokyo’s residents have mysteriously disappeared, a group of alien ghosts takes up residence. You play as a young man named Akito who develops supernatural abilities that allow him to communicate with this mystical world. Using a series of Kuji-kiri-inspired hand gestures, Akito is able to cast spells that confuse the new inhabitants of Tokyo.
The Outlast Trials
In 2013, Red Barrels With Firearms released its debut title Outlast, which was inspired by survival horror titles like Amnesia: The Dark Descent and told a story about a freelance journalist’s investigation into a dilapidated mental hospital. This spin-off takes a nod to episodic television series to further explore the lore of the franchises, centering on test subjects who took part in a mysterious Cold War experiment. Spoiler alert: We suspect these experiments went horribly wrong.
Martha is dead
Set in Italy in 1944, Martha is Dead is a psychological first-person thriller that explores the tragedies of war and blurs the lines between reality and superstition. This ghost story looks visually stunning thanks to developer LKA Games’ use of advanced photogrammetry techniques. You play a young woman dealing with tragedy who seeks answers to personal questions by investigating the dark truth behind local folklore. We don’t want to alarm you, but based on the title, it sounds like Martha is not doing well.
Sons of the Woods
In 2014, Endnight Games released a survival horror game called The Forest, in which players fend off crowds of cannibalistic body terrors in a heavily forested open world. This year, the studio plans to release a sequel that will see players gather more supplies, build shelters, and hunt for their next meal, all while trying not to become someone else’s. We don’t have many details beyond that, but based on trailers, horror fans should strap in before venturing into this tangled forest and its monster-filled network of caves.
Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2
Vampires suck! But that’s why we love them. Hardsuit Labs’ highly anticipated sequel to the 2004 cult RPG follows a brand new vampire as they navigate a version of Seattle where werewolves, demons and other monsters of the night helped shape human society. Players create their own vampire and join one of many rival vampire clans. During the adventure you will also acquire and upgrade some unnatural abilities such as levitation, summoning bats and the ability to turn into fog.
The year has only just begun and hopefully some of these great projects will get a fixed release date soon. In the meantime, for other great games of 2022, be sure to check out our lists of highly anticipated indies and most anticipated action games.