2020 has been an excellent year for the horror genre gaming industry. With games like The Last of Us 2, Resident Evil 3, Nemesis not forgetting Broken Porcelain, 2021 is looking scary.
Up until now 2019 was the champion with the release of World War Z, Resident Evil 2 and the Sinking City. Still, due to the increase in popularity of online gaming, games released this year have achieved outstanding numbers and have received a lot of publicity.
But aside from the numerous games that appeared in the world of online horror gaming, we have been met with various new forms of technology, methods and experiences. So, let’s take a look at some of the trends we are to expect in the coming months and how they will change the horror gaming industry.
Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality
According to a recent press release, Sony and Apple are investing in virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) technology. The immersive experience that is VR will become more affordable and accessible to the everyday gamer.
Due to the price of VR sets the technology has not taken off en-mass in the gaming world until now. With an expected rise of $215 billion in the market by 2021, this fast-growing industry will break records and will provide horror gamers with more immersive and terrifying fun.
You will be able to feel the fear and adrenaline running through your body as you fight and run for your virtual life. As technology develops and evolves, the prices will eventually begin to drop, and it is likely to become more affordable.
Expect 2021 to bring numerous thrilling and terrifying experiences with games such as Wraith: The Oblivion-Afterlife, both are fully immersive experiences as you discover what it means to be a human and explore the afterlife.
5G Mobile Gaming
As 5G has finally become a reality for all, it is said to be the future of online gaming and streaming. It can be played anywhere and at any time and by anyone.
With China ruling the industry and the US and UK not far behind, this technology will provide gamers will faster speed than 4G, 4GBps and reduces lagging, all in 4K. The enemy of
online gamers is lack of download speed, so in the coming months as 5G becomes accessible for everyone the problem faced by mobile gamers will be a thing of the past.
So find yourself a decent mobile device and get ready for endless hours of adventure and terror. If you’re looking for a brilliant mobile game, try Call of Duty Zombie Mode and marvel at the speed, lack of buffering and ability to game with others online.
Indie Games in the Horror Genre
Games such as Slender and Outlast were designed and introduced in 2013 and went on to develop into the most popular horror games. So why not check a few of the Indie Horror Games out there?
You might come across a gem with a storyline as terrifying as the gameplay. The Land of Pain is a game involving puzzles and deadly enemies that will force you to think on your feet and learn to survive.
Daymare 1998 is a zombie game which draws some inspiration from the Resident Evil franchise. The story goes, you’re based in a lab that is testing chemicals, and obviously, things go wrong. Just remember this one the next time you have a doctors appointment!
Single-Player Narrative Gaming
Multiplayer games have ruled the roost for a while, but now it’s time for single-player gaming to come into its own. Is there anything more terrifying than facing flesh-eating zombies or cult-crazed psychopaths by yourself?
If you’re not scared enough? Check out Until Dawn where you form part of a group of teenagers in a cabin in the woods facing their death as they get picked off one by one, this may not be an unusual format, but it’s gripping nevertheless.
How about Little Nightmares? This game will have you screaming and unable to sleep; it’s all psychological as there’s no blue and gore, just mind-bending suspense. Little Nightmares can be played across various platforms and is a winner in the horror gaming world.
Single-player games, we’re happy you’re making a comeback! Most of the latest trends in the regular gaming world we see at the moment have had their debut in the horror world, however, expect your interest to be renewed and your love of horror reinforced.
Don’t forget to report back, see you on the other side, horror fan!