Joining the likes of Fortnite, Marvel’s Avengers, and Cyberpunk 2077 in a growing list of games that will be launching on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X alongside their current-gen counterparts is Dead By Daylight, developer Behaviour Interactive has announced.
The studio confirmed plans for a next-gen version of the asymmetrical online horror game on its social channels, where it said that the next-gen versions will launch this holiday season, but didn’t give a specific date. Given that the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X don’t have officially announced release dates as of this writing, that’s probably about as specific as Behaviour can get. Whenever it does come out, the studio says the next-gen versions of the game will be getting a visual upgrade to make use of the more powerful hardware, as well as receive regular updates alongside the other versions of the game on different platforms. This is especially important, as the game recently opened up to cross-platform play, so now the team at Behaviour has to ensure that all versions of the game are on par with one another so things are balanced in the game’s online ecosystem.
Since the game is already on previous platforms, Behaviour is following in the footsteps of games like Cyberpunk 2077 and Marvel’s Avengers in that, if you own the game on PlayStation 4 or Xbox One, you’ll be able to get the game for free and maintain all your progress whenever you decide to upgrade to PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X. Thankfully, there’s only one SKU of the game, so you won’t run into any Control: Ultimate Edition technicalities in the upgrade process that will make you have to buy a specific version in order to be eligible for a free copy of the PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X version.
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Putting the game on two more platforms will undoubtedly grow Dead By Daylight’s online multiplayer community, which is now bigger than ever since it’s shifted over to cross-platform play and made all its segmented player bases into one. The only exception this was people playing the mobile versions, which weren’t granted access to cross-platform play when the feature went live back in August.
One of Dead By Daylight’s most notable aspects is its frequent crossovers with other horror franchises, from films like the Saw series, Halloween, or A Nightmare on Elm Street, as well as some video game franchises like Left 4 Dead and, most recently, Silent Hill. The last of which I’m sure was just thrilling and not at all salt on an open wound for fans of that series that seems to have been all but taken out back by Konami.