Dead by Daylight Release Date: 14 Jun, 2016
Dead by Daylight is an upcoming multiplayer (4vs1) horror game where one player takes on the role of the savage Killer, and the other four players play as Survivors, trying to escape the Killer and avoid being caught, tortured and killed.
Survivors play in third-person and have the advantage of better situational awareness. The Killer plays in first-person and is more focused on their prey. The Survivors’ goal in each encounter is to escape the Killing Ground without getting caught by the Killer – something that sounds easier than it is, especially when the environment changes every time you play.
Kill or be killed. Those are your options in Dead by Daylight, developer Behaviour Interactive’s upcoming asymmetric multiplayer horror game. You’ll play as either the hopeful survivors attempting escape or the killer making sure they don’t. If you play as a survivor, don’t expect things to be easy just because there’s four of you and only one of him. Make no mistake: the killer ishunting you. He is listening for you. He is watching for signs you were there. He is laying traps for you.
Your goal is to fix five generators in the level that will power the door leading to safety and get out. The levels are procedurally generated each time, though, so you’re never going to be able to memorize the layout and map the most efficient routes; you’re going to need to balance exploration with stealth in order to find the generators without getting spotted and winding up on one of the killer’s meat hooks. Every time you run, you leave a trail through the woods the killer will see and follow straight to you, so when you’re looking around, tread lightly.
Fixing a generator doesn’t require much more than time and a bit of timing as a prompt similar to the Gears of Waractive reload pops up occasionally to make sure you’re still paying attention. Missing that prompt is a surefire way to get the killer on your tail as it causes the generator to make a loud noise with a visual icon on the killer’s display.
Still, Dead by Daylight showed a lot of promise and was a good bit of fun to play from both sides. The tonal shift between the fear of being hunted and the rush of being the hunter is pretty great.Dead by Daylight is definitely one to watch. It hits Steam on June 14, with a beta opening up a couple weeks prior. Behaviour isn’t ruling out consoles, but isn’t committed to anything yet either.