Ever since George A. Romero released Night of the Living Dead back in 1968, generations have been obsessed with zombies. Zombie fever pitch was reached in the last decade and has waned a bit since then. But the slow-walking, brain-munching undead still have a huge fanbase.
Despite incipient zombie fatigue, a zombie-focused video game can still attract attention. That’s why there are always new ones in the works, from zombie-inspired slots online to new MMORPGs. But now developers are being challenged to add something fresh and exciting to the mix in order to keep players interested. So the games are getting better, and here is our list of the top 5 zombie games to look out for in 2023.
Platforms: PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PC
Release Date: 2023
Although all the details aren’t known yet, it seems that developer Techland is following the game’s post-launch roadmap and will deliver a major DLC release by the end of 2023. 2022’s Dying Light 2 received a mixed reception, with critics claiming that it lacked innovation, but a hardcore community of fans lapped it up and are eagerly awaiting the next instalment.
Developer: GSC Game World
Platforms: Xbox Series X|S, PC
Release Date: 2023
The Russian invasion of Ukraine shattered fans’ hopes of a sequel to the 2018 hit S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2: Heart of Chernobyl. But the previously Kyiv-based studio GSC Game World managed to relocate its operations to Prague in the Czech Republic. And now it looks like everything is on track to see the long-awaited sequel released by the end of 2023.
Developer: Motive Studio
Platforms: PS5, Xbox Series X|S, PC
Release Date: January 27th, 2023
The Dead Space Remake gives the original survival horror game a complete overhaul and upgrade, including the graphics and sound design. Purists might argue that the Necromorphs of Dead Space aren’t technically zombies, but mutated corpses that can kill are good enough for us.
Developer: Undead Labs
Release Date: TBA
Undead Labs have been on a learning curve with the State of Decay series. The first game was distinctly low-budget and plagued by bugs. But it still managed to win the hearts and minds of gamers. State of Decay 2 upped the ante in terms of production values and storyline. And now that Undead Labs have been taken over by Microsoft and have the experience of the Xbox Game Studios to fall back on, great things are expected from the next instalment, State of Decay 3.
Platforms: PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, and PC
Release Date: March 24th, 2023
The Resident Evil franchise is huge, with over 30 remakes and spinoffs falling under the brand. But hardcore fans all seem to agree on one thing. Resident Evil 4 was the game that hit the sweet spot between the survival horror focus of the first games and the action base of the later ones. That’s why the release of the remake of this high point in the series has been so hugely anticipated.