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Survival Games to Fall in Love With on PC in 2023 & 2024 (UE5)

The future of horror games will be both: Bright and hideously dark. And that's what we like so much about it.

Survival is a daily business in real life. But there is not often the need to hunt or fight. That’s comforting but also boring because survival is exciting! Get an overview of survival games that use Unreal Engine 5 and are considered the best to play in 2023 and 2024.


A fresh variety of next-gen titles is waiting for you to marvel at. It’s all here, from colonizing a new world to fighting off zombies, and new exciting innovations are also included. Here come the survival games in 2023 and 2024 you shouldn’t miss.


Nobody’s Left

Nobody’s Left oozes with The Last of Us vibes, from the gameplay to the rugged American protagonist and immersive sound design. Set in a war-ravaged land, where chemical tests have rendered much of the country uninhabitable, and lawlessness reigns, citizens are divided into factions, struggling to survive. As a bounty hunter caught in the crossfire between two major factions, you must do whatever it takes to stay alive.


The game will launch on PS4/PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X|S. The release date is still pending. It will be available for PC via Steam.



You are one of the survivors in a post-apocalyptic world devastated by a bacteriological war. The familiar landscape has changed as nature reclaims what once belonged to civilization. While the cities are dangerous without proper protective equipment, the overgrown areas offer a touch of safety. Choose your base wisely and navigate through the remains of urban ruins in search of vital supplies as well as new weapons. Beware of the lurking dangers, from wild animals to relentless drones. Don’t forget that you don’t have to embark on this frightening journey alone since the cooperative multiplayer mode is a constant option in the game.


Rooted will be playable on PC via Steam.


Stalker 2: Heart of Chornobyl

As winter approaches, anticipation builds for a season that promises to be captivating and chilling. Step into a desolate, post-apocalyptic wasteland, where radiation permeates the air and an expansive open world beckons. Prepare to confront eerie mutants and perplexing anomalies concealed in the shadows. The astonishingly lifelike graphics will engulf your senses, evoking awe and fascination. Mark your calendars for December 2023, as the highly anticipated release of Stalker 2 awaits, poised to redefine the realm of next-gen survival games.


You can now pre-purchase the game via Steam or buy it with a discount via Kinguin (affiliate link).



What goes very well together? That’s right: Dinosaurs and diesel! ARK: Survival Evolved was a blast, but the sequel will be even more massive. Next year, you can look forward to the game and an accompanying animated series starring famous “Fast and Furious” star Vin Diesel. Although there are not many details about ARK 2 yet, the trailer shows us what Studio Wildcard does best: an immersive world full of majestic dinosaurs and fearless humans riding them.


The game will launch in 2024 for Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and PC.


Alan Wake 2

Developed by Remedy Entertainment, Alan Wake 2 is a true Halloween treat to look forward to this year, and given the Unreal Engine 5 footage, Alan Wake II will most likely surpass its 2010 predecessor. The over-the-shoulder perspective of the trailer exudes a captivating blend of Twin Peaks ambiance, and the immersive essence of the Resident Evil remake. Intrigue, narrative power, and a perfect fusion of genres leave you wanting more.


The game will be available on PS5 and Xbox Series X|S. Get a copy for PC via Epic Games Store or Kinguin (affiliate link).


Frostpunk 2

As this title proves, survival games also work fantastically in the form of building simulations. In the gritty world of Frostpunk 2, oil is humanity’s new hope after the era of steam is over. This highly anticipated sequel builds on the success of its BAFTA-nominated predecessor, the social survival game. But new threats appear on the horizon, making the city’s future seem even bleaker than ever.


Frostpunkt 2 will hit the market in 2024. You can already put it on your wishlist on Steam.



Journey to prehistoric times and dive into Instinction, an action-adventure set in several breathtaking natural locations of a long-forgotten time. Face treacherous beasts as you navigate through exciting battles. Roam lakes, forests, caves, and swamps in incredible Unreal Engine 5 splendor including dynamic weather. Instinction is said to feature over 26 different species of dinosaurs (including the king of predators).


The game’s release date is still pending, but you will be able to play it on Steam.


Fort Solis

Fort Solis is a thrilling third-person, single-player experience unfolding over one fateful night on Mars. Engineer Jack Leary’s world is turned upside down as he responds to a seemingly routine alarm, only to be thrust into a series of escalating events beyond his wildest imagination. Dive into a gripping journey filled with unexpected twists and intense challenges in this atmospheric Martian thriller.

One of the new survival games is called Fort Solis and uses Unreal Engine 5. Here we see a character in the space station.
Fort Solis screenshot (Source: Black Drakkar Games/Fallen Leaf)


Fort Solis will be playable on PS5, macOS, and PC. The game will launch in Q3 2023. You can get it for PC and macOS via Steam.


Blight: Survival

Embark on an enthralling journey with Blight Survival, a game that defies conventions by fusing medieval history with survival horror. Transported to the 14th century, you find yourself in the midst of a relentless blight, unleashing legions of the undead. Equipped with swords and plated in armor, you’ll cross dangerous lands and take part in fierce battles against the resurrected. Find comfort in the cooperative gameplay, catering to a team of up to four players, as you scavenge for vital resources and fight for survival in this captivating reimagining of zombie survival games.


Blight: Survival’s release date is still pending, but you can buy the game on Steam as soon as it’s available.


The Lost Wild

Unravel the mystery lurking at the heart of the island and immerse yourself in a survival horror adventure where nature’s most fearsome life forms await. Navigate through overgrown research facilities hidden in a lush wilderness, using ingenuity and evasive tactics. Embark on a gripping journey where intimidation and uncovering secrets are the keys to survival in an engrossing story.


The title will come out for PC. Feel free to get more info on Steam.



Step into the immersive world of ExeKiller, a retro-futuristic Western game that transports you to a post-apocalyptic alternate timeline. Engage in heart-pounding action and exploration as a first-person shooter while unlocking character progression and making impactful story choices along the way. Brace yourself for an unforgettable adventure with great gameplay and a rich narrative tapestry.


ExeKiller will be available for PC. You can already put it on your wishlist on  Steam.


State of Decay 3

Embrace the apocalyptic aftermath, where life has crumbled into chaos amid a devastating zombie outbreak, while uniting with fellow survivors in a dynamic, open world, battling for survival and working towards rebuilding. Anticipation builds for the highly awaited sequel, State of Decay 3, unveiled in 2020 as the “next evolution” of creepy survival horror games and powered by Unreal Engine 5.

We see the State of Decay 3 protagonist in a snowy forest in a close-up. She holds a crossbow in her hands.
Screenshot from State of Decay 3 (Source: Undead Labs/Xbox Game Studios)


Although the release date is still pending, State of Decay 3 will be available for Xbox Series X|S and PC.


More zombies, please!

Do you want to know the zombie apocalypse in all its facets? Then you should check out our selection of the Best Zombie Games in 2023 and 2024.

Besides, dark survival games, feel free to check out our ranking of the Best PS5 Games in 2023 or Nintendo Switch Games in 2023.

Which new horror games are you most looking forward to in 2023 and 2024? Let us know in the comments below.

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