As horror game enthusiasts eagerly anticipate May 2023, three standout titles are set to make an impact—Propagation: Paradise Hotel, Amnesia: The Bunker, and The Tartarus Key.
With 2023 already proving to be an exceptional year for the horror genre, these new releases promise to maintain momentum.
Celebrating Classic Remakes in 2023
The year began with the successful launch of the Dead Space remake, a complete rebuild of the classic sci-fi horror game by EA’s Motive Studio, boasting enhanced graphics and fresh content. March saw another remake of a survival-horror classic, as Capcom released Resident Evil 4. Both remakes received near-universal acclaim and are among the highest-rated games of 2023 thus far.
However, some horror aficionados crave fresh experiences.
New Experiences in the Horror Genre
The upcoming releases in May 2023 promise a fresh slate of horror games, with all three being brand-new experiences. Although not a comprehensive list of May 2023’s horror game releases, these titles stand out:
- Propagation: Paradise Hotel – May 4
- Amnesia: The Bunker – May 23
- The Tartarus Key – May 31
Propagation: Paradise Hotel – A New VR Experience
WanadevStudio, the developer behind popular VR games Ragnarock and Propagation VR, brings the first significant new horror game release of May 2023 with Propagation: Paradise Hotel. This release offers a full-scale gaming experience, reminiscent of a virtual reality version of a classic Resident Evil game.
Players explore a hotel teeming with deadly creatures, focusing on classic survival-horror gameplay. Although professional reviews aren’t available at the time of writing, the game appears promising for fans of old-school Resident Evil games. WanadevStudio’s proven track record for quality VR gaming experiences makes Propagation: Paradise Hotel a safe bet for horror fans with a VR headset.
The game is now available on PC VR headsets and Meta Quest, with a PlayStation VR2 release planned for later.
Amnesia: The Bunker – A Daring Installment
For horror fans without VR headsets, Amnesia: The Bunker from Frictional Games offers plenty to look forward to in May 2023. The original Amnesia played a significant role in reviving the horror genre when many major franchises shifted toward action-oriented gameplay. The popularity of Amnesia: The Dark Descent led to DLCs and spin-offs, all living up to the high standards set by the original game.
Amnesia: The Bunker, the latest installment in the acclaimed horror franchise, proves to be the most daring yet. Retaining the franchise’s signature physics-based puzzle-solving, it abandons the linear structure for a semi-open world and allows players to fight back against monsters—a departure from series norms.
As a day-one Xbox Game Pass game, horror fans can try Amnesia: The Bunker without breaking the bank.
The game launches on May 23 for PC, PS4, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X.
A Busy Month for Horror Fans
Propagation: Paradise Hotel, Amnesia: The Bunker, and The Tartarus Key should keep horror fans engaged in May 2023. However, those seeking more may want to check out the System Shock remake, releasing on May 30. Though some consider it more action-adventure than horror, it still contains horror elements.
Additionally, more new horror games are anticipated beyond May 2023, giving fans much to look forward to in the coming months.
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