Horror Games set to release in 2023: A Terrifying Lineup Awaits

Get ready for the horror games of 2023, featuring Dead Island 2, Bramble: The Mountain King, Daymare: 1994 Sandcastle, and more. Find out what's in store with our comprehensive guide.
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Prepare yourself for a year filled with terror and suspense as we dive into the lineup of horror games set to release in 2023. The gaming industry is about to unleash a series of spine-chilling titles that are sure to keep you on the edge of your seat. In this article, we’ll explore each game in detail, providing you with the information you need to face your fears head-on.

Dead Island 2

Dead Island 2 Promo Image
Image: Deep Silver Dambuster Studios
  • Release Date: April 21, 2023
  • Platforms: PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and the Epic Games Store

In Dead Island 2, players are immersed in a vibrant and gore-drenched Los Angeles, where the city is under quarantine, and the military has retreated. As one of the few individuals resistant to the pathogen, it’s up to you to save the city and humanity. Explore iconic locations like Beverly Hills and Venice Beach, meet larger-than-life characters, and slay hordes of zombies in brutal melee combat. With six unique characters to choose from and a brand-new skill system, you can evolve into the ultimate Zombie Slayer.

Additionally, Dead Island 2 features a robust multiplayer mode, allowing you to team up with friends or go head-to-head in bloody matches. The game also includes mod support, so players can create custom content and share it with the community. Pre-purchase now to receive the Memories of Banoi pack, which includes two unique weapons, a special weapon perk, and a skill card.

Bramble: The Mountain King

Bramble The Mountain King Promo Image
Image: Dimfrost Studio
  • Release Date: April 27, 2023
  • Platforms: PC and Consoles

Bramble: The Mountain King invites players into the eerie world of Bramble, where you take on the role of Olle, a young boy on a mission to rescue his kidnapped sister from a dreaded troll. Traverse stunning environments filled with twisted, mythical creatures inspired by Nordic folklore. Utilize the Spark of Courage, an enchanted fragment that grants you the powers needed to face the dangers ahead. But beware: courage without kindness can lead you down a dark path.

The game combines elements of puzzle-solving, platforming, and combat to create a unique experience. Bramble: The Mountain King features a deep, branching narrative with multiple endings, allowing players to choose their own destiny. The game also includes a hauntingly beautiful soundtrack and striking art style that further immerses players in the world of Bramble. Will you be able to save your sister and uncover the secrets that lie hidden in the shadows?

If you want to try this one out, there’s a Demo of the game available on Steam!

Daymare: 1994 Sandcastle

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Image: Invader Studios
  • Release Date: July 31, 2023
  • Platforms: PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and PC

Daymare: 1994 Sandcastle is a survival horror game from Invader Studios that serves as a prequel to their previous title, Daymare: 1998. The game follows a special agent named Dalila Reyes, who has been sent to investigate an undisclosed location. As the story unfolds, she must uncover the truth about a biological outbreak and the sinister forces behind it. The game has garnered attention for its nostalgic survival horror gameplay mechanics, similar to the classic Resident Evil series.

Players can expect to face terrifying creatures and solve challenging puzzles while managing their resources carefully. Daymare: 1994 Sandcastle promises to deliver a haunting atmosphere and a gripping narrative that will keep players on the edge of their seats. With an emphasis on exploration and survival, the game is sure to delight fans of the genre.


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Image: Arkane Studios
  • Release Date: May 2nd, 2023
  • Platforms: Xbox Series X|S and PC
  • Xbox Game Pass (Console and PC) launch on day one

Redfall, developed by Arkane Studios and published by Bethesda Softworks, is an upcoming open-world, co-op shooter set in a world overrun by vampires. The game takes place on the island of Redfall, where a once-thriving community has been plunged into darkness by a legion of vampires. Players can choose from a diverse cast of characters, each with their unique abilities and weapons, to fight back against the bloodthirsty creatures.

The game can be played solo or with up to three other players in cooperative multiplayer mode. Redfall encourages teamwork and strategic thinking as players face various enemy types, each with their strengths and weaknesses. In addition to the intense combat, the game also offers a rich narrative and a dynamic world that reacts to players’ actions. With its immersive setting, gripping storyline, and unique blend of shooting and supernatural elements, Redfall is poised to be a highly anticipated release in 2023.

Alien: Dark Descent

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Image: Tindalos Interactive
  • Release Date: June 20th, 2023
  • Platforms: PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and PC

Alien: Dark Descent is a thrilling real-time strategy game that puts players in control of a squad of hardened Colonial Marines to tackle a terrifying Xenomorph outbreak on Moon Lethe. Developed as part of the Alien franchise, players must lead their soldiers against iconic Xenomorphs, rogue operatives from the insatiable Weyland-Yutani Corporation, and a host of horrifying creatures new to the series.

You, as the commander, must carefully strategize and adapt to the ever-changing tactics of your enemies while infiltrating large open levels, customizing your squad, and managing resources. Death is permanent in this game, making every decision crucial to your survival. Can you and your squad stop the outbreak before it’s too late?

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

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Image: Sumo Nottingham
  • Release Date: August 18, 2023
  • Platforms: PC, PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One
  • Xbox Game Pass (Console and PC) launch on day one

Step into the world of the groundbreaking 1974 horror film with Texas Chainsaw Massacre, a third-person asymmetrical horror experience. Play as either a member of the notorious Slaughter family or one of their victims, utilizing your wits, stealth, and strategy to survive or hunt down your enemies. This immersive and thrilling game offers players a chance to see if they can outlast the infamous Texas Chain Saw Massacre.

Experience the mad and macabre for yourself, and decide whether you can make it out alive or terrorize those who dare to trespass on the Slaughter family’s turf.

Ad Infinitum

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Image: Hekate
  • Release Date: September 2023

Ad Infinitum is a World War 1 themed horror game that transports you into the life of a German soldier haunted by the horrors of the Great War. Navigate a world filled with terrifying creatures, death traps, and insane mysteries, as you work to save your soul and uncover more sinister truths.

With state-of-the-art visuals and audio presentation, challenging puzzles embedded in historical settings, and a thrilling storyline about a family’s tragedy, Ad Infinitum is sure to captivate and terrify players in equal measure.

Atlas Negro: Infernum

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Image: Night Council Studio
  • Release Date: December 25th, 2023
  • Platforms: PC

Atlas Negro: Infernum is a single-player, first-person survival horror game set in a world where the boundaries between reality and nightmares are fading. As massive electrical storms engulf the Earth, the streets become filled with ghosts known as “Imprints.” As a protagonist haunted by the Word, you must face the consequences of your actions and navigate the ruins of civilization, the depths of your soul, and the horrors of hell itself.

In this psychological horror game, stealth, puzzles, and a strong narrative form the basis of the gameplay. Based on the universe created in the horror literary anthology Atlas Negro, the story is enriched by the performance of the Word by the popular host of the Spanish podcast Noviembre Nocturno. The game features an original soundtrack and Steam Achievements, encouraging players to explore every corner if they dare.

2023 is shaping up to be an unforgettable year for horror game enthusiasts, with a diverse lineup of titles promising spine-chilling experiences. From Alien: Dark Descent’s strategic gameplay and iconic Xenomorph encounters to the pulse-pounding survival in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, players can expect a wide range of horror elements and gameplay styles. Ad Infinitum transports players to the haunting trenches of World War 1, while Atlas Negro: Infernum immerses them in a world where nightmares and reality intertwine.

These upcoming horror games not only showcase the genre’s evolution but also demonstrate the creativity and innovation of game developers. As we eagerly await their release, one thing is certain: 2023 will be a year filled with thrilling, terrifying, and unforgettable gaming experiences for horror fans. Prepare yourself for the chills, thrills, and scares that lie ahead!

Shaun Savage

Shaun Savage

Shaun Savage is the founder and editor-in-chief of Try Hard Guides. He has been building websites for over 20 years and has been gaming for even longer. He is a 2013 graduate of the Academy of Art University with an A.A. in Web Design and New Media. In his off-time, he enjoys playing video games, watching bad movies, and spending time with his family.

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