The popularity of horror games isn’t what it was back in the day. Sure, we have seen a resurgence in recent years with big titles such as Alien: Isolation and Resident Evil 7, but ultimately blockbuster horror games are seemingly a thing of the past.
The Evil Within 2 released recently, and received positive reviews, as the original did. However, it still poses an uphill task for developers, which is something that director John Johanas touched on in a recent interview with Game Watcher:
“It’s certainly tricky to make a big horror. You realize when you make a AAA horror game that’s big on graphics, you don’t see it come together until the final moments. It’s tricky to calculate things in an effective way, and more so with horror because it’s so built on creating an experience that doesn’t have gaps. The risk is higher. We have the experience so we can mitigate those risks a little, but it’s a daunting task for anyone not familiar with the genre to create a AAA horror game.”
Despite this, we have seen a number of indie studios come out with a new wave of horror titles. For example, we have seen games such as the Outlast games, Layers of Fear, Syndrome, Among the Sleep and others, as well as upcoming titles such as Visage, Agony and many others in the pipeline. The era of high budget, universally popular horror games may be on its way out, but at least there’s still a number of lesser known studios willing to carry the torch. It seems as if the genre has taken a new path, though they seem to be doing a fantastic job of building on the foundations that were laid down by their predecessors.
The Evil Within 2 is now available on PC, Xbox One and PS4.