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Friday, June 7, 2024 | Games


When word broke that Blumhouse would be getting into the video game business, speculation ran rampant about just which IPs the studio would surely tap for their first offerings. Could we expect The Purge to venture into the well-worn treads of asymmetrical horror, or would the next installment of Happy Death Day be a button-mashing console exclusive?

The answer, as revealed at Summer Game Fest ’24 was, surprisingly, none of the above. In fact, BLUMHOUSE GAMES will enter the digital fray this year and beyond with not one, but six (!) indie titles, including a project helmed by Silent Hill vet Sam Barlow and Infinity Pool director Brandon Cronenberg.

The upcoming titles include:

Fear the Spotlight
Developer: Cozy Game Pals

A creepy love letter to classic 90s teen horror stories, Fear the Spotlight is designed for a modern audience. Sneak into a school after hours with Vivian and Amy, survive a seance gone wrong, solve tactile puzzles and uncover the disturbing mystery behind a school tragedy decades before. And whatever you do, stay out of the spotlight. Fear the Spotlight will debut as Blumhouse’s first game.

Developer: EYES OUT

From Cory Davis (Spec Ops: The Line) and Robin Finck (Nine Inch Nails) comes a first-person psychedelic horror set in the far future. In the last known city on Earth, people are disappearing in their sleep. Those who remain exist in a crisis of reckless experiments to keep awake. Katja must navigate depraved death cults, otherworldly forces, and the ever-present horror of The HUSH, to save herself and those who rely upon her.

Crisol: Theater of Idols
Developer: Vermila Studios

Dive into a unique first-person horror adventure where folklore and religion intertwine in a nightmarish version of Spain. Players will navigate a world steeped in eerie legends and sacred rituals, facing terrifying statues of saints that come to life. In a desperate fight for survival, the player must sacrifice their own blood to use as ammunition against the horrors that lurk around every corner.

The Simulation
Developer: Playmestudio

A never-before-seen horror game is the only evidence found at a crime scene. As a retired game designer hired to investigate the case, you find a hidden mode that plunges you into a rabbit hole of the unknown. As more obscure games are uncovered, cross the fourth wall of their worlds and delve deep into terrifying truths that transcend their own reality…

Grave Seasons
Developer: Perfect Garbage

A charming, pixelated farming and town simulation game where, amidst all the relationship building and crop harvesting, players must figure out which of the townsfolk is a supernatural serial killer. Uncover the hidden secrets of Ashenridge, find a way to stay one step ahead of the murderer … and maybe save the next victim.

Code Name: Project C
Developer: Half Mermaid Productions

An ambitious game from the minds of Sam Barlow (Her Story, IMMORTALITY) and Brandon Cronenberg (Possessor, Infinity Pool). Prepare to have your mind broken by Half Mermaid’s most twisted vision yet.

“We’re blown away by the teams who are creating our first slate of games, and truly couldn’t be more proud to partner with strong, independent game creators who are bringing unique ideas to the horror genre,” said Zach Wood, President of BLUMHOUSE GAMES. “Our upcoming titles represent standout storytelling, inventive play styles, and fresh approaches to scary stories, created by game developers who are deeply passionate about horror. We hope players see our collective love of the genre and indie creativity shine through our partners and our portfolio of games. Stay tuned for more to come.”

“In many ways, Blumhouse Games feels like going back to our roots, with a focus on indie horror, pushing boundaries and elevating new, original stories. But this time fans can get in on the action, and immerse themselves in the Blumhouse world,” said Jason Blum, CEO and Founder of Blumhouse. “I’m proud of the team and we hope this first slate of games will entertain, thrill and terrify players, and we will have more in store for fans soon.”

Supporting consoles and release dates have yet to be announced for all titles, aside from Fear the Spotlight, which is slated to street later this year across PC, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One and is available to wishlist now. 


Kevin Hoover
Ever since watching CREEPSHOW as a child, Kevin Hoover has spent a lifetime addicted to horror (and terrified of cockroaches). He wholeheartedly believes in the concept of reanimating the dead if only we’d give it the old college try, and thinks FRIDAY THE 13th PART V is the best in the franchise. Aside from writing “Cryptid Cinema Chronicles” for Rue Morgue, he’s been a working copywriter for over a decade and you’ve probably bought something with his words on it. He also believes even the worst movie can be improved with buckets of gore.