Dead by Daylight Hitting Next Gen, Major Visual Overhaul Inbound.
I’m shocked, shocked! Dead by Daylight continues its complete domination of the isometric horror multiplayer genre by jumping to next-gen, most likely leaving all of its competition behind for good. This doesn’t come as any real surprise, but what is very nice to hear is that the game will be receiving a major overhaul to go along with its new home! From the press release:
Today, Behaviour Interactive is excited to detail its vision for its hit multiplayer horror game Dead by Daylight, in light of the upcoming release of next-generation consoles. With this ambitious plan, the development team is looking forward to an even brighter future for the game which has now surpassed 30 million players, offering new and current fans an experience akin to their favourite cult classic scenes.
Behaviour will release Dead by Daylight on next-generation consoles in the Holiday 2020 launch window. The game will run at 4K and 60 fps and will benefit from the graphical update and its regular content drops, ultimately leading to an entirely remastered edition of the game. Current players who own the game and decide to buy a next-gen console will experience a seamless transition, getting Dead by Daylight for free on their new platform of choice, while keeping all progression.
A Massive Graphical Overhaul
Dead by Daylight is undergoing a major graphical update that will be available for free for all players, on all platforms. The ultimate goal is to improve the immersion tenfold, making the environments as realistic as a scary, disturbing nightmare. The lighting and VFX will be vastly upgraded, as well as the modeling, textures and animations. More props will be added to the maps, and proper functions will be given to rooms to make them more identifiable.
The development team is fully focused on this rework and visual improvements will be delivered every six weeks, following the current Chapter and Archives roadmap. Over the coming months, tens of thousands of assets will be enhanced as part of this overhaul. Common items such as lockers, generators, palettes, as well as two maps, can be expected as part of next week’s patch.
Following the Cross-Play and Cross-Friends announcement earlier this summer, Behaviour is happy to follow suit with Cross-Progression on Stadia, Switch and Steam using the brand new BHVR Account. Again, using the Behaviour Account, players will be able to carry their progression from one platform to another, from a casual trial curled up on the couch to a more intense escape in front of their PC.
“The game you know and love is stepping into the future. The team has been focused on this plan for an entire year and we’re so excited to bring you Dead by Daylight as you’ve never seen it before, while still offering new Chapters and Archives. This is ambitious, and we’re ready.” said Mathieu Côté, Game Director, Dead by Daylight.
Honestly, I’m hyped as hell for this. Dead by Daylight has never been the best… looking game, and to hear that it’s going to be getting some visual upgrades is really nice. I especially love the new lighting, and the new generator repair animations are very welcome. Odds are that the wonky characters won’t be changing much, but seeing the world itself getting such a lovely new coat of paint is delightful. The free next-gen upgrade is just icing on the cake. The visual upgrade will be applied to the existing release of Dead by Daylight as well, so we’ll probably stream it or something when that goes live. I’ll be curious if the somewhat rough-looking Switch version will be getting the same treatment. We’ll keep you posted.