Geoff Keighley might control the slew of summer games showcases at this point. But October firmly belongs to indie horror developers, with a frightful stream of retro spooks set to surface this Friday as part of the Haunted PS1's EEK3 showcase.
Following last summer's horror-drenched alternative to E3 (opens in new tab), the organisers have this year chosen a more suitably spooky October show this time around. Haunted PS1, for those unfamiliar, is largely responsible for the recent flood of crunchy, lo-fi horror games (opens in new tab) on Itch and Steam, highlighting some of the best in a series of incredible throwback demo disks (opens in new tab).
Dragged from the deepest recesses of the digital plane, it emerges...EEK3 2021The spookiest event of the spooky season is upon us! Coming soon to a screen near you, experience the twisted creations of those driven mad by their inspiration!Oct 8th ~ https://t.co/FpmhVlRbpi pic.twitter.com/eutI5SvjCoOctober 4, 2021
While the full lineup hasn't been revealed, some developers have already teased their inclusion. OKSoft will be showcasing Coffin Mall (opens in new tab), a game about escaping a homicidal car in a dead shopping center, while surrealist RPG An Outcry will also be making an appearance.
Last year's show was packed with bangers, and while horror is a visible theme, not every game needs to feature outright scares. Agony of a Dying MMO (opens in new tab) captured the unease of exploring an online world in its twilight hours, while Cellular Harvest (opens in new tab) was a gorgeous (and quietly grim) sci-fi take on Pokémon snap. I'm personally hoping for more pleasant surprises like Lorn's Lure, a dread-filled pit that secretly houses some of the best first-person platforming around (opens in new tab).
EEK3 will be live on Twitch (opens in new tab) this Friday, October 8.