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Top New & Upcoming Post-Apocalyptic Games Revealed at Gamescom 2020

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We’ve got some exciting new post-apocalyptic games to look forward to playing in 2020 and 2021, and many of them were revealed at Gamescom 2020 in late August. Here’s a look at some of the most exciting games that you might want to add to your calendar.

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Up first is Cendres (which, by the way, is French for Ashes.) This game is releasing in 2021 and you can add it to your wishlist to be notified when it’s available on Steam here. The game is greyscale (fitting for a game called “Ashes”). It’s survival of the fittest, as your team’s party is allocated with resources and meds. The Steam page describes the game this way: “A survival journey through a harsh world without rules or judgement. Only your choices matter in the face of moral dilemmas. Manage your party, food & equipment on this non-linear narrative survival sim with 34 possible endings.”

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Zelter is an action survival game based in a zombie apocalypse. (In German, Zelter means “palfrey,” a type of horse.) It releases October 22, 2020.

Here’s the game’s Steam page.

The Steam page describes the game this way: “The zombie apocalypse is a tough situation to overcome, even if it takes place in a cute pixelated universe! Try to defend your home and save people from the hordes of zombies in this new crafting survival game.”

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Project Haven

Foresight Games’ Joana Dimas and Sergio Gil are bringing us Project Haven. A release date isn’t yet announced, but you can add the game to your wishlist on Steam for notifications here.

The game’s Steam description reads: “Project Haven is a Tactical Turn-Based RPG with a gritty story for a mature audience. Alone or with up to three friends, you command the Steel Dragons, a mercenary outfit fighting for survival in the harsh, urban near-future that is Haven City.”

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Drone Swarm

Drone Swarm is releasing on October 20. You can see the game’s Steam page here.

The game’s Steam description reads: “Control a swarm of 32,000 drones in this strategy-adventure set in space! Jump from system to system and battle powerful alien fleets. Destroy enemy vessels, slam them into one another, block attacks and outsmart defenses.”

You’re controlling a swarm of drones while you’re on a mission to find a New Earth (that’s how this is apocalyptic.) Here’s a quote from the Steam page:

The year is 2118. Earth lays in ruins after huge swathes of it were destroyed by a massive swarm of alien drones. The psionics among the few human survivors found a way to control the drones and halt the attack. With the swarm now under human control and Earth uninhabitable, the starship Argo was built and sent out to find New Earth. You, Captain Carter, lead this mission – the swarm is yours to command!

On October 20, @DroneSwarmGame is releasing! Check out the game play here. Share on X


Vigor is a free-to-play shooter game by Bohemia Interactive, set in an apocalyptic world in post-war Norway.

The game is already available on Nintendo Switch as of July 2020 (and will be free to play on September 23), and was initially released as an early access title in August 2018, with full release in August 2019. It’s being released on PS4 on November 25, 2020 and on PS5 sometime in the 2020 holiday season.

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Paradise Lost

Paradise Lost is a first-person adventure game in a post-apocalyptic world, exploring transhumanism. The release date hasn’t been announced yet, but you can get notified on Steam. The Steam description reads: “Explore themes of retrofuturism, transhumanism, and grief in Paradise Lost, an emotion-driven post-apoc story. Discover the mystery of the underground city hidden in an abandoned Nazi bunker, where Slavic mythology mixes with unusual technology.”

#ParadiseLost releases in 2021. I love alt-reality games like this. Check out the gameplay footage here. Share on X


Scavengers is a “co-opetition” shooter game from ex-HALO developers. The game will have early access in the first part of 2021, and it’s letting people sign up for playtests now. You can sign up for playtests here.

The game’s official website describes the game this way:

Scavengers is your strategic survival battleground. Enter a free-to-play action shooter where squads of three compete to survive and dominate in a hybrid of sandbox-style PVE and class-based PVP. Choose from a roster of adaptive Explorers, arm yourself with a combination of unique abilities and weapons, and conquer the challenges of a hostile wasteland. Outthink and outfight enemy players and the dwellers of the frozen Earth.

It will be available on Xbox One, PC, PS4, and Playstation. Sign up on Steam to be notified when the game is available.

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    Stephanie Dwilson started Post Apocalyptic Media with her husband Derek. She's a licensed attorney and has a master's in science and technology journalism. You can reach her at [email protected].

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