An indie horror video game called Phasmophobia appears out of nowhere and is second only to the new Baldur’s Gate.
October is the month of terror, which causes a bit of sadness for any fan of horror video games. The last few years have been a bit rough for horror fans as most of the popular horror franchises have disappeared. Silent Hill and Dead Space are totally missing. However, that doesn’t mean there haven’t been any interesting announcements and titles in recent years, like Amnesia Reborn and both installments of The Evil Within. Now, a new title has appeared in the form of Phasmophobia.
Phasmophobia is a paranormal and cooperative game, in which four players search for ghosts in abandoned places. It has just released its Early Access, but it has slowly grown until its number of active players has risen to 80,000.
Its growth has been so impressive that it has made it the second best-selling title on Steam. Fall Guys, Avengers, Among Us, and all of those games have been overtaken by indie horror. The only title that ranks above it is Baldur’s Gate 3, the recent return of a popular RPG franchise. It’s also one of the most-watched titles on Twitch, ranking 22nd in terms of the number of active players.
What makes you stand out from a host of indie horror games? It is an investigative, slow and methodical title. The team dynamics combine very well with the elements of suspense and horror. And games like Phasmophobia reflect that while economic interests have lost any desire to make horror games, they will be kept alive thanks to indie developers.