Dead by Daylight explores science fiction horror in the next chapter

Today’s Dead by Daylight 7th Anniversary livestream brought a whole bunch of announcements for Year 8 of the game.

The livestream earlier this week was preceded by the news that Nicolas Cage would take on the game’s killers as a Survivor, with more specific information due in July.

The announcements released include details of the next chapter, improved quality of life, and partnerships with the likes of Slipknot, Iron Maiden, and Ikumi Nakamura.

There’s even a new single-player narrative game in the works for developer The Quarry Supermassive Games.

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The next chapter in Dead by Daylight branches out into sci-fi horror

Over the next year, Behavior Interactive will add four new chapters to Dead by Daylight: two licensed and two original.

The first of these is the developer’s first foray into sci-fi horror and will be available from June 14th across all platforms (and on PTB starting May 23rd, 4pm UK time).

Called End Transmission, it takes place on an alien planet and features a new killer called The Singularity – an evil AI corrupted by alien technology that takes the form of human flesh and technology combined.

Her main power is to place BioPods on surfaces around each map, where she can project her awareness to spy on survivors. With his ability to affect the air stream, he can connect these pods to the survivors and teleport to their location.

Dead by Daylight concept art by Survivor Gabriel Soma

Singularity and Gabriel Soma

New survivor Gabriel Soma is one of the humans tasked with colonizing this distant planet. He is a skilled technician and his perks will reflect that. A new EMP will also be available when encountering The Singularity, which allows survivors to disable its pods and remove the Slipstream’s effect.

All this will take place on a new map, Toba Landing – an alien jungle, including a human base full of low-tech and traces of a lost alien civilization.

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Toba Landing

In addition to this new chapter, behavior introduces some changes in quality of life over the next year. This will include a perk update, map rebalancing, the use of bots to take over if a player drops out of the game, and steps to deal with camping in the game. Cross-progress across multiple platforms is also in the works. Full roadmap below.

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Eighth year roadmap

Iron Maiden and Slipknot cosmetic crossovers

Behavior is collaborating with a number of big names on new cosmetics for the game.

First, the Artists from the Fog collection, which includes designs by four fan artists from the game’s community.

A fifth artist is Ikumi Nakamura, known as the concept artist behind Bayonetta and her work on The Evil Within and Ghostwire: Tokyo. Nakamura will be providing new cosmetics for the Japanese game’s characters – The Oni, The Legion, and Yui Kimura – which will be available later this summer.

Ikumi Nakamura Design Corps

Ikumi Nakamura designed oni

Designed by Ikumi Nakamura Yui

Designs by Ikumi Nakamura

Moreover, Behavior is involved with metal bands Iron Maiden and Slipknot in cosmetic groups.

There are no concepts or release dates available yet, but the Iron Maiden collection will focus on the band’s character Eddie, while the Slipknot collection will feature nine iconic masks.

Finally, new Trapper Killer cosmetics based on the previous Behavior game Naughty Bear will be available soon. Not only will this killer be dressed as a cuddly bear, but he’ll have his own unique Mori move – a first for the series.

A new super block game is in the works and more

The behavior branches out with more co-op outside the main Dead by Daylight game.

The highly anticipated film with the famous horror studio Blumhouse (Paranormal Activity, Sinister, Insidious, and Directed) has already been announced. It is not clear if Nicolas Cage will be in this movie besides appearing in the game. The Dead by Daylight comic book from Titan Comics will also be released in early June.

Behavior is also working with Supermassive Games on a single-player interactive story game set in the Dead by Daylight universe. The studio is best known for Until Dawn and The Quarry, and this new game will similarly feature life-or-death choices. More details are expected later this year.

PvE multiplayer in the Dead by Daylight universe has also been teased by Behavior. Developed by Midwinter Entertainment, it will tackle themes of greed and the desire for power, and see teams of up to four players in a strange new corner of the Entity world.

Finally, Behavior is considering the possibility of releasing its romantic visual novel Hooked on You, which was released last year for PC, on consoles.

Altogether, there’s a lot in the works for Dead by Daylight fans to grit their teeth – both inside and outside the game. Happy seventh birthday!

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