It has occurred to us at NuGame that we are about a quarter of the way through 2016 already and we have yet to talk about a genre that some of us are fans of; the horror genre. With the release of Layers of Fear, and our own N.P.G. Podcast talking about the Kickstarter project, Visage, it is clear that perhaps we should take a moment and go over five horror games that are set to release in 2016.
Friday the 13th
It’s been a long time since the terrible LJN version of Friday the 13th came out on the original Nintendo system, but enough time has passed for the technology to advance so we can portray Jason Voorhees and his victims of Camp Crystal Lake more viscerally.
A typical response to this game for some would be sardonic eye roll as we again venture into a camp that has seen its share of carnage as dumb teenagers continue to come back to get drunk and have sex. However, the design of the game is worth a listen, or a read in this case.
This iteration of the popular franchise takes a kind of Evolve approach as it used as a seven versus one way to play. Teamwork is needed to take down the psychopath and survive the night. While that may not impress you as it has been done before, the fact that the series creator, Sean Cunnigham, Kane Hodder, Tom Savini, and composer of the original film, Harry Manfredini, are all on board.
According the Game Informer (Oct,2015), “The game includes a fear system that may cause counselors to hallucinate, a progression system with rewards in the form of alternate Jason models and new playable counselors, and a “make your own trailer” system that lets you relive a match’s best kills.”
Friday the 13th is scheduled for October 2016 and should be available from Gun Media for the PS4, Xbox One, and PC.
Speaking for myself, I love the horror genre. However, it seems like sometime between the end of the PS2 era of horror games and now, I have turned into a big baby when it comes to some games. The only reason I know this is because of the original Outlast game.
Outlast was a great entry into the genre with it use of video camera tech and the night vision mode to see in the dark. While some of us did not complete it (when I say us, I mean myself), there is no denying its impact. The fact that Outlast 2 is releasing shouldn’t be much of a surprise.
Going by its Steam page, “Outlast 2 is the sequel to the acclaimed survival horror game Outlast. Set in the same universe as the first game, but with different characters and a different setting, Outlast 2 is a twisted new journey into the depths of the human mind and its dark secrets. No conflict is ever black and white.”
The developer, Red Barrels is saying on its website that the game will be released this autumn, but not much else is known about the plot this time around with only a teaser trailer to go on.
Outlast 2 is set to release on the PS4, Xbox One, PC, and Mac.
What scares us more? The frightening things we can see, or what we can’t? There are many film that use that question to create tense and frightening films. However, it has never been done with a first person perspective.
Developer, The Deep End Games is taking the first person experience and adding a twist to it; you are blind girl named Cassie.
Navigating through an old estate, that has been regularly seen in Cassie’s nightmares, the use of your heightened sense of echolocation along with your cane, smartphones, grandfather clocks, faucets, and other noises within the house, to navigate to avoid the elude the spirit chasing you.
Right now, Perception is releasing through Steam with an estimated June 2016 release date. There is no word at this time if it will release on consoles.
We Happy Few
Some of us aren’t sure on whether or not Compulsion Games upcoming release, We Happy Few, is considered a horror game or not. After looking through the press kit, there is still no real answer as the game it being touted as just a survival game. Perhaps what makes this a horror game is just simply having to fit into a society just to survive; kind of like life, but with drugs and creepy, happy white faces.
With a look very reminiscent of the Bioshock franchise, “We Happy Few is the tale of a plucky bunch of moderately terrible people trying to escape from a lifetime of cheerful denial. Set in a drug-fueled, retro futuristic city in an alternative 1960s England, you’ll have to blend in with its other inhabitants, who have their own set of not-so-normal rules.”
What makes We Happy Few stand out from the rest is that there are no save points, or restarts in the same area. Instead, “it’s designed to be replayed. Each time you die, you’ll restart in a brand new city, thanks to our procedural generation tech. You’ll be able to customize the world to your liking, and play through using multiple characters and playstyles.”
We Happy Few is slated to release this summer for the Xbox One, Windows, Mac and Linux. You will also be able play it early using the Microsoft Game Preview / Steam Early Access in 2016.
The story of Allison Road’s development may be more interesting than the actual game when it comes out. This P.T. inspired game came into the spotlight in September of 2015 when they developer, Lilith, showed the prototype gameplay. It was so photorealistic that backers immediately started to help fund the project. Then about a month later in October, the Kickstarter project was cancelled siting that Lilith Ltd. pulled the plug in favor of a deal with publisher Team17. Since then, there has been very little to come out of either company about the game.
While there is nothing to confirm this, we would not be surprised if the game were to become exclusive to a particular platform. Since Silent Hills will not be releasing under Kojima anymore, it would not be surprising if a company like Sony or Microsoft wanted to capitalize on the popularity. We more than likely will not get a confirmed release date until we get closer to E3 this year, but if the prototype gameplay is anything to go by, Allison Road will be the game horror enthusiasts have been waiting for and then some.
Nothing is confirmed yet but Allison Road is slated for a 2016 release, but we do not have any info on what platforms yet.