Dead by Daylight Gets Stranger

The residents of Hawkins, Indiana will once again have to face off against a supernatural predator when Dead by Daylight launches its upcoming Stranger Things crossover, announced today. Stranger Things has already had a video game adaptation, based on its third season, but the Dead by Daylight update will let players get up close and personal with the Demogorgon, the terrifying antagonist of the hit show’s first season.

Released in 2016, Dead by Daylight is an asymmetric survival horror game that pits a team of players controlling human survivors against a single player in the role of a killer with much more powerful abilities. Not including the Demogorgon, the game currently has 16 killers, each with its own unique set of powers. Several of them are taken from classic horror films, such as Michael Myers from Halloween and Freddy Krueger from A Nightmare on Elm Street. It’s also received a few crossover human characters, including Bill from Left 4 Dead and Ash from The Evil Dead.

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Behaviour Interactive, the game’s developer, announced the update with a new trailer today. In addition to the Demogorgon, the Stranger Things update will also add both Nancy Wheeler and Steve Harrington as playable characters. Previous updates have only ever added a single character and killer at a time. The DLC will also add Hawkins National Laboratory, where some of the most iconic moments of Stranger Things’ first season took place, as a playable map. No exact release date was given, but the update is due out in September.

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The announcement trailer didn’t share the specifics of how either the Demogorgon or the two new human survivors will play. In Stranger Things, the Demogorgon uses a variety of different abilities that could easily make the leap to its appearance in Dead by Daylight. It’s shown to have telekinetic powers and superhuman strength, which seem like natural elements to bring over to its in-game incarnation. Its ability to travel through the Upside Down or pull characters in with it could also come into play. In the trailer, the Demogorgon is shown opening its segmented jaw to unleash a terrifying scream, something that’s seen several times in the show and would make a likely candidate for the basis of an attack.

A Stranger Things crossover may not be something that many people were expecting in Dead by Daylight, but now that the news is out there, it seems like an obvious match. The Demogorgon could bring a totally new dynamic to the online game, and the Hawkins National Laboratory, with its winding hallways and secret chambers, makes a perfect place for a harrowing battle.

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Source: Behaviour Interactive/YouTube

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