And it begs the question, how is DBD, as it’s known by it’s millions of players, able to continue to entertain players to keep chasing survivors and keep slamming palettes?
With the Friday the 13th video game no longer providing updates in 2018, due to a lawsuit between the original screenwriter and the rights holder for the franchise which kept all Friday the 13th properties and projects from being continued, it’s a wonder that DBD, with it’s numerous movie and game franchise killers and survivors like Freddy Kreuger, Michael Meyers, Nemesis (from the Resident Evil game Franchise), Laurie Strode, Jill Valentine, and more, continue to keep their fanbase engaged.
It could be that it offers all these different killers, survivors, maps, daily challenges, and rankings to keep things fresh.
Most recently, Dead by Daylight acquired the rights to add a new killer, Sadako, and a new Survivor, Yoichi Asakawa, from the RINGU/SPIRAL Production Group, a story familiar to American audiences as The Ring (2002). The 23rd Chapter is currently available for purchase through the Steam Client.
Unlike previous DLC chapters however, Sadako Rising does not come with a new map, but a new charm for those who purchase the DLC.
However, all this engagement and offerings between the developers and the fans of the game have not squashed excitement for the new horror-based games on the horizon. Games that even feature the same characters that are available in Dead by Daylight as of this writing.
For one, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre video game, created by the same studio, Gun Interactive, that created the aforementioned Friday the 13th video game, has caused an excited stir on social media when the first trailer dropped during the Game Awards on December 9th, 2021.
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre game is described as “an asymmetrical horror experience based on the groundbreaking and iconic 1974 horror film,” on the official website, complete with detailed backstories of the characters available to be played as and alongside.
A question the creation of this game begs is, with DBD, a game that already has Leatherface in it complete with his own perks and offerings, what more can this new iteration of an asymmetrical game give fans of DBD? A more robust map is a definite interest, and it’ll be interesting to see how the game mechanics play out (lots of sneaking?! I’m there!) and what challenges, perks, or offerings, if any, allow one to customize their character and playstyle.
I am definitely interested in the 3 v 4 dynamic between the killers (being 3), dubbed the Family, and the survivors (being 4), dubbed the Victims, as it definitely gives it a re-playability factor I wasn’t expecting. This also adds an interesting dynamic where the Family has more staying power rather than being 1 person against 3. This could make for some intense matches.
Of course, it’s too early to say if any one game can dethrone the good of Dead by Daylight (the bad is for another article), and it’s rabid (and loyal) fanbase, but Gun Interactive’s The Texas Chainsaw Massacre definitely seems like a great competitor.
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But also, in the world of games, is there truly a competitor? We definitely all win once The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is ready for we fans of asymmetrical horror games. Dead by Daylight will definitely still be there once we’re tired of running around the farm, as it’s 5(almost 6)-year staying power can attest.
Edit: Correction on nature of lawsuit provided by the Community Developer for Guns Interactive. -4/19/2022