Dead By Daylight developer Behaviour Interactive is jumping on the next-gen bandwagon, announcing that the game will be coming to next-gen consoles PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X later this year and that players will be receiving free upgrades.
#DeadbyDaylight is coming to next-gen consoles in Holiday 2020! The game will feature improved graphics over current gen versions and receive regular updates.
Already playing #DBD on console? When you upgrade your console, you'll get the game for free AND keep all your progress.
— Dead by Daylight (@DeadByBHVR) September 1, 2020
Dead by Daylight will get a bit of added spit and polish in the process, receiving improved graphics over the current gen versions and with the promise of regular updates continuing on next-gen. The game will run at 4K and 60fps, but this is part of a major graphical overhaul on all platforms. The aim is to improve the lighting and VFX as well as the modelling, textures and animations. In other words, pretty much everything! This is already underway as part of the team’s development programme and Chapter and Archives roadmap.
Additionally, if you’re already playing and upgrade, you’ll be able to pick up exactly where you left off within a console family. This follows on from the Cross-Play and Cross-Friends work that was implemented earlier in the summer, and will also see Cross-Progression letting you take your progress over to Stadia Switch and Steam with a BHVR Account.
It’s the kind of no-nonsense upgrade that we love to see around here, with none of the hidden next-gen price hikes and cross-gen re-releases that publishers are getting up to, despite Microsoft’s push for seamless cross-generational ownership. It’s also quite necessary for a smaller company like Behaviour to do this kind of thing, helping to maintain a healthy player base and hopefully getting a bit of a buzz around the launch of the new generation in November that draws in more players.
It’s also an opportunity to snatch up some more of the audience that has been lured in by competing asymmetrical horror games. The recently released Predator: Hunting Grounds (which scored a decent 6 out of 10 in our review) has been popular, while Friday the 13th: The Video Game went toe to toe with Dead by Daylight back in 2017. Here you can read our face off between Dead by Daylight and Friday the 13th here, though it’s safe to say that Dead by Daylight in particular has continued to grow and evolve since then, while Friday the 13th was bogged down and ended with licensing issues back in 2018.
Source: press release