Top 7 Upcoming Survival Games To Play with Friends

These coop survival games will test your friendships and courage.

If you have a passion for scavenging resources and building a base, with the potential of losing all of your items on death, then it makes sense you’d love survival games. Since survival games are normally brutal titles that hinge on exploration and discovery, it is typically more fun with friends. If you’ve been looking for a new survival game experience to enjoy with your crew, you’ve come to the right place.

The following games on this list will be released in 2023/2024. The top 7 upcoming survival games to play with your friends include: 


Ark 2 Key Art
Image: Studio Wildcard

Release date: Late 2024
Platforms: Xbox X|S, PC
Developer: Studio Wildcard, Grove Street Games
Publisher: Studio Wildcard

ARK 2 is the sequel to the popular survival game ARK: Survival Evolved and promises to offer an even more immersive experience with enhanced graphics, new creatures to discover, and a story-driven campaign mode. According to a recent community post, the scheduled release date for the game was pushed back from 2023 to the end of 2024. 

Set in a post-apocalyptic world where players must navigate a dangerous environment filled with prehistoric creatures and other dangers, players must build shelters, craft tools and weapons and gather resources to survive. The addition of a campaign mode marks a departure from the original game, which primarily focused on open-world exploration and player-driven objectives.

ARK 2 is listed on Steam

The Outlast Trials

The Outlast Trials Key Art
Image: Red Barrels

Release date: May 18, 2023
Platforms: PC
Developer: Red Barrels
Publisher: Red Barrels

The Outlast Trials is an upcoming survival horror game developed and published by Red Barrels. It is the third installment in the Outlast series and is set to offer players a new take on the franchise’s signature first-person perspective and intense, atmospheric gameplay. Set to release May 18, 2023, Outlast Trials is less of a “survival game” in the traditional sense, forgoing mechanics like crafting a base and gathering resources — but is a true horror survival game, where players must escape deadly threats at every turn. 

The game takes place in a mysterious research facility during the Cold War era, where players assume the role of test subjects who must work together to survive a series of twisted experiments and deadly threats. The addition of multiplayer mode introduces a new level of strategy and collaboration, as players must coordinate their actions and resources to overcome the challenges they face.

Outlast Trials is listed on Steam

S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2: Heart of Chernobyl

S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2: Heart of Chernobyl Key Art
Image: GSC Game World

Release date: December 2023
Platforms: Xbox X|S, PC
Developer: GSC Game World
Publisher: GSC Game World

If you thought that STALKER 2: Heart of Chernobyl was going to be a single-player experience, you’d be right — well, sort of. The highly anticipated survival game from developers GSC Game World plans on launching in late 2023, but the official Steam listing states:

“Multiplayer mode, (that) will be added soon after release as a free update.”

STALKER 2: Heart of Chernobyl is a highly anticipated first-person shooter video game that is the sequel to the 2007 game S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl and takes place in a post-apocalyptic world in and around the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone.

S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 is listed on Steam

Dune Awakening

Dune Awakening
Image: Funcom

Release date: Late 2023/2024
Platforms: PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox X|S, PC
Developer: Funcom
Publisher: Funcom

Dune Awakening, the upcoming game being developed by Funcom, is being called an Open World Survival MMO. One part survival game, one part Massively Multiplayer Online game, Dune Awakening, will take players to the Dune universe with survival game elements, including crafting a shelter to survive the sandstorms and fabricating new equipment to maintain a fresh water supply. 

Since it’s an MMO, players will be able to team up with one another, potentially even forming larger groups or clans, depending on what kind of mechanics the game’s developers create. Dune Awakening is scheduled to release into Early Access in late 2023 or 2024. 

Dune Awakening is listed on Steam


Nightingale Key Art
Image: Nightingale

Release date: 2023
Platforms: PC
Developer: Inflexion Games
Publisher: Inflexion Games

The year is 1889, and the setting is the dangerous Fae Realms. Players take on the role of the Realmwalker as they traverse the different universes and realms in this first-person PvE open-world sci-fi fantasy epic. In Nightingale, players can team up with their friends to collect resources and construct domiciles to survive the new and undiscovered realities of the different realms you’ll enter. 

With epic boss battles, pretty amazing graphics, and unique ideas, Nightingale is scheduled to release into Early Access sometime in 2023. 

Nightingale is listed on Steam

The Lord of the Rings: Return to Moria

The Lord of the Rings: Return to Moria Key Art
Image: Free Range Games

Release date: Spring 2023
Platforms: PC
Developer: Free Range Games
Publisher: North Beach Games

The Lord of the Rings: Return to Moria is an upcoming game where players embark on a journey as a company of Dwarves in The Lord of the Rings Universe. Summoned to Misty Mountains by Lord Gimli Lockbearer, players must mine for resources, build shelter, and defeat the evils that would seek to destroy you and your party. 

Scheduled to release sometime in 2023 on the Epic Games Store, players will be able to embark on these missions in parties of up to eight players. 

The Lord of the Rings: Return to Moria is listed on the Epic Games Store


Rooted Screenshot
Image: Headlight Studio

Release date: 2024
Platforms: PC
Developer: Headlight Studio
Publisher: Headlight Studio

Rooted is an upcoming singleplayer or coop multiplayer survival game that was funded via a Kickstarter campaign. In Rooted, players must salvage equipment to uncover parts so they can craft new items and maintain a camp. Over time, players can improve their defenses, set up production lines, and automate tasks. 

Scheduled to release sometime in 2024, Rooted is a survival game where players can team up with their friends to survive a harsh version of the future. 

Rooted is listed on Steam.

That was our list of the top 7 upcoming survival games you can play with friends. Did we miss any upcoming survival titles that you plan on playing? Let us know in the comments section below. For more lists like this one, see our Lists Section.