We were recently able to get our hands on the Beta for Dead by Daylight, a Horror game with huge similarities to movies such as ‘Texas Chainsaw Massacre’ and ‘The Hills Have Eyes’. In Dead by Daylight, you take the role as either the killer or one of the four survivors. Survivors will have to power up five generators in the map in order to create power for the exit doors which lead them all to safety. Of course, it isn’t that simple as someone with a huge machete will be chasing you every step of the way, trying to prevent the survivors from reaching safety.
This is the most impressive feature of the beta; it shows the developers are not shying away from adding tons of gore, which in turn makes me even more excited for the full game release. Furthermore, it creates much more immersion and tension for the players.
In the beta, there is only one map: The Macmillan Estate, which is set in a dark, misty forest. Although the map has an excellent atmosphere, it would have been nice to see one more map before the game is released. Hopefully, we will see a large variety of maps in the full game.
Both survivors and the killer have their own ‘bloodweb’ which is essentially the games perk tree, giving players some interesting new abilities to help them in-game. Some examples are quicker repairing time for repairing generators and longer battery life for the flashlight. Items can be obtained via levelling up through this system, allowing new weapons and abilities for the survivors and the killer. As of yet, the game seems fairly well-balanced, but I personally find it much more difficult to win as the killer- this is probably due to the fact that I haven’t got the best eye sight.
In terms of character customisation, there are four different characters available to pick, all with very limited cosmetic customization. Hopefully this is just for the beta and not for the main game; I would hate to see micro transactions take over as they so commonly do. Moreover, there isn’t any backstory with the individual characters, which makes me wonder why we can’t create our own individual characters; this would be a great feature to have once the game is released.
As it is only in beta, there were some technical issues with the game such as extremely long loading times, followed by crashes. On the whole, there weren’t many in-game bugs whatsoever, but I hope the developers fix the other issues before the game is released.
Overall, Dead by Daylight is a very promising prospect with the potential of becoming a great classic. The concept of the game is reasonably fresh, and you are bound to have a lot of fun playing it with friends. However, my only worry is with the business model, if they decide to introduce micro transactions with very little content at release, I and many others will be highly frustrated. The beta runs out on the 12th of June and the full game will be releasing on the 14th for $17.99 for PC. I hope you stay around for the full game review.