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Horror games you need in August

Written by Ryan Noble

There are so many games coming out every single month that it can be hard to keep up, so I've pulled all the biggest horror games releasing in August into one place. But did you check out all the games that came out last month yet? When you’re ready, discover the next game to keep you up at night below...

The Blackout Club

Release date: 30 July 2019
Studio: Question Studios
Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One.

This one slipped through the net in July as the game was technically already released, in a way. The Blackout Club progressed from Early Access to full release at the end of July and soon released on consoles, too. The game centres around a group of teenagers as they to unravel the mysteries of their sleepy, brainwashed town. There’s an entity known as The Shape trying to take over and all adults have been possessed, so it’s up to kids to put a stop to the strange things happening around them. It’s a little like Stranger Things meets Payday, with a ragtag team containing different abilities and items, working together to complete objectives – quietly, if they want to stay alive.

Apsulov: End of Gods

Release date: 8 August 2019
Studio: Angry Demon Studio
Platforms: PlayStation 4, PC (Steam).

Apsulov is a first-person horror adventure with Nordic creatures and gods at its core, quite literally. Humans dug into the earth, searching for things they knew too little about – no big surprise there – and “what they found was never meant to reach the surface”. Now, in a future Nordic world blending traditional Viking nightmares with technology and science, you must find your purpose amidst the chaos of the world left behind.

DARQ

Release date: 15 August 2019
Studio: Unfold Games
Platforms: PC (Steam)

One for lovers of Tim Burton, DARQ has you playing as Lloyd. He’s realised that he’s dreaming, but it soon turns into a nightmare that he can’t seem to escape. Inside his nightmares are disturbing creatures he must sneak around and puzzles he must solve to continue his lucid journey back to the freedom of reality. With its mindbending use of physics and unnerving environments, DARQ is giving me serious Coraline vibes…

Blair Witch

Release date: 30 August 2019
Studio: Bloober Team
Platforms: Xbox One, PC.

Yet another anticipated psychological horror from Bloober Team, the twisted minds behind critically-acclaimed Layers of Fear and Observer. They seem like the perfect people to be turning the classic cult film that is The Blair Witch Project into Blair Witch, the game that’ll teach you never to go in the woods – if you didn’t already know that. You’ll take on the role of Ellis, a cop working with his German Shepherd, Bullet, to search the Black Hills Forest for a missing child. As expected, it looks hella spoopy, and yes, you can pet the dog.

Root Letter: Last Answer

Release date: 30 August 2019
Studio: Kadokawa Games, Ltd.
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch.

An updated telling of Root Letter, a visual mystery novel in which a letter from your old pen pal, Aya Fumino, is delivered 15 years late. You find out that she is – or was – involved in a murder and has since gone missing. Explore her hometown in search of clues, digging up the past by going over your old letters and speaking to people who may have been involved.

Last Answer brings additional content and features, including gameplay improvements, new epilogues and endings, plus the ability to see the animated characters transform into real-life representations with human actors. There’s also a Day One Edition which comes with a 100-page artbook featuring unreleased pieces. It’s the complete Root Letter experience.

The Dark Pictures Anthology - Man of Medan

Release date: 30 August 2019
Studio: Supermassive Games
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC.

If you loved Until Dawn like I did, this game has probably been on your radar for the longest time. Supermassive Games are back with their next choose-your-own-adventure horror, which also happens to be the first in a new trilogy, called The Dark Pictures Anthology. The game is set on a boat in the South Atlantic Ocean and for the first time you’ll be able to experience the entire story with someone else using online co-op. I’ll be aiming to get my hands on a review key to let you all know the HorrorDNA verdict, for sure.

So, basically, August is not a month for going outside or doing anything. It’s a month for staying inside, closing the curtains, and gorging on all the horror games being released. There’s something for everyone, whether you’re into multiplayer horror, witch-filled horror, or choose-your-own-adventure horror. I’m all kinds of excited. August is the month for horror, people.

About The Author
Ryan Noble
Staff Reviewer
If Ryan isn't watching, reading or playing some form of horror, he's probably writing about it. He used to be an Editor at Indie Game Magazine so he has a soft spot for independent creators, especially when they're creating fear. Whether you're one such creator, or a fellow horror fan, let's speak about spooks on Twitter or email.
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