Dead by Daylight is available for pre-order on Xbox One and pre-order will be coming soon for PlayStation 4, according to the Dead by Daylight official console purchase page.
In Dead by Daylight, up to four players will go against a terrifying monster hunting them, which can be played by a fifth player. The monster’s goal is to keep the players from escaping one of the several spooky locations, including a haunted mansion, an asylum, and a swamp. The survivors are characters created for the game who have dark pasts while the monsters take inspiration from some of the world’s most feared killers — Michael Myers, witches, and evil doctors and nurses to name a few.
The survivors must fix and turn on generators, which will, in turn, open the door to the exit. The generators are spawned randomly across the map, so the survivors must search for them without being caught and “hooked” (impaled onto a meat hook to die) by the monster. Players can either team up or go against each other to beat escape the level and defeat the monster. Also, players can push down objects to slow down the monster or hide in lockers to avoid it.
An interesting feature of the game is that the monster’s perspective will be in first person in order to focus on searching and taking down the survivors while the survivor’s perspective is in third person to check their surroundings carefully. This gives the survivors a better chance to escape the monster, but it gives the monster a chance to hone in on a specific survivor.
Along with these different perspectives, players can level up their character and gain different perks (i.e. being able to sprint, lead your team, or heal yourself) and equipment (i.e. a firecracker, flashlight, or toolbox) that will help them during gameplay. All of the monsters have specific special abilities, including setting bear traps or being able to track survivors. More information on the game can be found on the Dead by Daylight official website or the Dead by Daylight official community wiki.
The game was created by Behavior Digital Inc. (worked on Halo Wars: Definitive Edition, Shadow of Mordor, Far Cry 3) and Starbreeze Studios (worked on PAYDAY 2, Psychonauts 2, System Shock 3) and released last June for PC. On Steam, reviews are mostly positive. On Metacritic, Dead by Daylight received a score of a 72, with most users complaining about bugs in the game around the time it was first released.
One review from VideoGamer said “It lacks polish, but Dead by Daylight is a genuinely tense ode to 80s slasher movies.” VideoGamer gave Dead by Daylight a score of a 70.
Another review from Game Informer said, “The seeds of greatness are here, but with plenty of room for refinement and clarity to improve the experience.” Game Informer gave the game a score of an 83. Both reviews were published around the time of the game, and may not reflect any issues Dead by Daylight might have now.
The game is currently available on Steam for $19.99 for the base game and a $29.99 special edition that includes the game, soundtrack, art book and includes two masks that can be used in PAYDAY 2.
The game will be available for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on June 20. The Xbox One version is a special edition of the game that costs $29.99. The PlayStation 4 version isn’t available for pre-order yet on the Dead by Daylight official website, but it will also be a special edition according to the PlayStation official Dead by Daylight trailer. For a game released over a year ago, it’s nice to see it finally get a console release.
Featured image via Dead by Daylight official website.