Zombies and other variants of reanimated corpses have been enemy fodder in video games probably as long as they’ve been around. They just seem to fit into any genre and setting, whether it be fantasy, modern, or futuristic. And, while the humble zombie might have felt overused for several years, they are slowly beginning to make a comeback.
What follows is a list of the Top 6 New Upcoming Zombie Games we can expect to release in 2023. Hopefully, these titles will continue the renewed interest in zombie lore with gratifying gameplay and memorable stories. So, when you’re ready to re-dead some undead, grab your zombie-smashing tools, and let’s get started!
Resident Evil 4 Remake
This first game on our list is the return of a beloved zombie-killing classic. Over the past few years, Capcom has been remaking their Resident Evil games, updating the nearly-ancient series for modern-day hardware. So far, all of these remakes have been very successful, but up next we have the big one.
Resident Evil 4 is not just the blueprint for modern action games, it is also the gold standard for zombie video games, and many people’s favorite game of all time. The Resident Evil 4 Remake has a lot riding on it, but we’ll know if it manages to capture the magic of the original on March 24th, 2023 when it hits PS5, Series X, and PC.
Imagine a world where zombies not only existed, but their undying nature and affinity for menial tasks could be harnessed and used for your own needs. This is the concept behind Eko Software and Nacon’s Paradize Project. This isometric action game will have players hacking and slashing through hordes of zombies while they collect resources, craft weapons, and build shelter.
You won’t want to chop up every zombie, though. Paradize Project’s main gameplay mechanic is “hacking” these zombies to work for you. Gather up a stable collection of workers/warriors to help with the farming and construction of your base, while also taking them out on missions to fight alongside you. See how efficient a zombie workforce can be when Paradize Project shambles onto PS5, Series X, and PC in December 2023.
Showa American Story
Japan has a reputation for creating some truly bizarre media, and if the trailer for Showa American Story is anything to go by, they will have a new weirdo game to add to their repertoire soon. Developed by NEKCOM Entertainment and published by 2P Games, Showa American Story is an 80s B-Movie-inspired revenge story/road trip across an unrecognizable version of America.
Players will take control of Choko, a gun-toting, motorcycle-riding badass as she mows down waves of zombies with increasingly silly weapons. The game looks about as weird as video games can get, but that should make most people very, very excited. Showa American Story doesn’t have a release date yet, but it will be available on PS4, PS5, and PC.
Call of Duty Zombies and Nazi Zombie Army have probably gotten most gamers used to seeing zombies in a World War II setting, but for those who still might be surprised or even curious to see zombies in WWII-era garb, there is the upcoming Project Z.
Developed and published by 314 Arts, Project Z co-op zombie FPS where players will choose an “operator”-type character with individualized skills and abilities to fight against waves of undead. There’s no release date for this one but it is announced as a free-to-play title on PC, so keep an eye out for it sometime next year.
The Day Before
The Last of Us shook the gaming industry to its core when it was released, and its sequel had a similar effect thanks to its mature story and grounded, realistic combat and violence. As great as the single-player experience of The Last of Us was, imagine if that game was an MMO where you could team up with friends to survive the zombie apocalypse.
Well, that game exists now, and it’s called The Day Before. This new zombie survival MMO is being developed by FNTASTIC and published by MYTONIA, and promises a massive breathing world that you can affect with your gameplay decisions. The Day Before is set to launch on PS5, Series X, and PC on March 1st, 2023.
Dead Island 2
After an 8-year period of dead-like silence, Dead Island 2 has just recently been confirmed to still exist. Originally announced in 2014 and planned to release soon after, the game is now slated for a February 3rd, 2023 release date. Dead Island was one of the first games out of the gate in the original wave of zombie action games, and we hope that after all this time, its sequel can hold a candle to that first awesome experience.
Mike has been playing video games since he was able to hold a controller, having been fascinated by Sonic 2 on his mom’s Sega Genesis. That fascination and passion for the art form has grown exponentially nearly 30 years later, and he doesn’t see that fading away anytime soon.