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Sony: Horror Genre Becoming Mainstream in Gaming

Sony: Horror Genre Becoming Mainstream in Gaming - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 13 August 2015 / 4,506 Views

The horror genre has seen an increase in popularity in gaming in recent years due to the success of games like Five Nights at Freddy's and The Evil Within.

Sony's Joe Palmer believes that the genre has plenty of room to expand if you look at its popularity in the movie industry.

"The horror genre is huge in the wider entertainment industry," Palmer told MCVUK. "People want to be scared and games always carry the potential to be scarier than movies or novels due to their interactive nature. Hopefully what we’re seeing is a shift towards mainstream gaming appreciation for the genre."

"The recent success of titles like The Evil Within is encouraging and proves that there’s a healthy appetite for horror games," he added. "This gives companies more confidence to give horror games the attention they deserve.

"PlayStation has a rich heritage of debuting and nurturing new IP and genres. Horror is very well represented with Resident Evil, Silent Hill and our own Siren. Until Dawn represents a twist in a genre for which PlayStation fans have proven their demand."


A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at or on Twitter @TrunksWD.

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Roronaa_chan (on 13 August 2015)

More like Alien Isolation and Evil Within please. No Freddy's

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Mr Puggsly (on 14 August 2015)

Uhmmm... I think its been a pretty mainstream genre since Resident Evil on PS1.

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Roronaa_chan Mr Puggsly (on 14 August 2015)

It was pretty much dead between 2008 and 2014 aside from a few Indies on PC

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Ataraxias Mr Puggsly (on 14 August 2015)

I wasn't mainstream in sales expectations. Look at what EA wanted out of Dead Space.

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stuffmakesmelol (on 13 August 2015)

If only Silent Hills hadn't been canceled...

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Wright (on 14 August 2015)

If it is so fudging mainstream then put SCEJ to make another Siren game GODDAMIT.

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The_BlackHeart__ (on 14 August 2015)

Horror games have always been a top 10 in the genre list. What I believe Sony is trying to say is that they are going to enter the top 5 next to FPS, TPS, Team Sports, Fighters and Racing?

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hunter_alien (on 14 August 2015)

@Mr Puggsly: true, but for ~ 10 years it took a bit of a second spot. Ever since the trend was to go the action route (RE5) it lost some of its appeal.

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asqarkabab (on 14 August 2015)

Soony: remasters and stability updates becoming mainstream too

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ExplodingBlock (on 13 August 2015)

i DoNt pLaY aNy oF tHoSe mAiNsTrEaM gAmEz bEcUz i aM sUpEr cOoL hIpStEr

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Richmyster6907 (on 14 August 2015)

In recent years because of those games? They both launched less than 12 fucking months ago. Fucking idiots.

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Azzanation (on 14 August 2015)

That's why I prefer PC gaming, its the best option for horror games.

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