Dead By Daylight developers Behaviour Interactive have announced major changes to one of its playable Killers.
The studio has taken the decision to remove unlockable cosmetics for Leatherface following reports of in-game racial abuse. This change will come into effect during the upcoming mid-chapter update.
As Leatherface, Dead By Daylight players are awarded grisly skin masks resembling the game’s Survivors if you kill them 25 times. It’s not hard to imagine how such a feature could be misused by toxic players to spread racial hate. Here’s an official statement from Behaviour Interactive in its latest developer’s notes:
For those who may not know, The Cannibal can unlock the faces of the four original Survivors by sacrificing them 25 times.
Members of the community have shared their experiences with people targeting and harassing them while using some of these masks. These reports were disheartening to hear, and we absolutely condemn this behaviour. We are not comfortable having these masks in the game when they are used as a tool to spread hate. To that end, we will be removing The Cannibal’s unlockable faces in this upcoming Mid-Chapter.
Anyone who has ever played The Cannibal by the release of the Mid-Chapter update will be awarded 6,000 Iridescent Shards to compensate for their removal.
We will not tolerate hateful activity and will continue to take every step necessary to protect the community.
Dead By Daylight Review
In case you missed it, we recently re-reviewed the multiplayer horror hit, bumping up its original score:
“Dead By Daylight has evolved into somewhat of a phenomenon, proving that the often maligned games-as-a-service model produces more than just cookie cutter loot shooters. It’s still an acquired taste and a bit rough around the edges though stands out as one of the most unique ongoing multiplayer games of the generation.”
What’s next for DBD?
Chapter 23 has been officially announced and will feature a familiar Japanese horror icon. The upcoming content drop will be based on the original Ringu novel and movie. Here’s everything we know so far.