Behaviour Interactive has confirmed that Dead by Daylight will soon go through a major graphics overhaul with new textures and more detail, and it could happen as early as mid-September. This will be the first of many patches, and will likely bring enhanced versions of various assets like generators, lockers, and other stationary items inside the game. Every six weeks a new patch will come along, and this will continue for about six months. In short, Behaviour has promised to update “tens of thousands” of enhanced assets by the end of 2020. But, that’s not all, as Dead by Daylight is also coming to the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5.
#DeadbyDaylight is coming to next-gen consoles in Holiday 2020! The game will feature improved graphics over current gen versions and receive regular updates.— Dead by Daylight (@DeadByBHVR) September 1, 2020
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Dead by Daylight Product Manager, Joris Four, has expressed some of Behaviour’s plans for the game going forward:
“Between now and Fall 2021, we will be introducing a series of free updates to our visuals, graphics, lighting, animations, and more for players on PC, Xbox One, PS4, Nintendo Switch, and Stadia while also building up to a Dead by Daylight experience for the next generation of consoles.”
What Kind of Graphic Updates are Coming to Dead by Daylight?
Between now and Fall 2021, Dead by Daylight is set to go through a major visual overhaul, including the transition to next-gen consoles. Lead Level Artist, Stephanie Hellin, has confirmed what we can expect in the soon-to-launch first major update:
“For this first major update, we focused on updating Springwood and Yamaoka Estate. We gave a lot of attention to the lighting to make the experience of roaming these maps more realistic and engrossing. Individual rooms will now be more distinct, with each serving a specific function. This allows players to better orient themselves in a Trial, while also filling the maps with environmental storytelling details for you to discover. On top of that, the team has also made some significant changes to both the visuals and interaction animations of Generators and Chests. “
But, that’s not all. Joris Four also went on to explain that characters will have more realistic modeling, and there will be improvements to lighting with a focus on the finer details:
“Players can anticipate even more environmental elements in the Killing Grounds, resulting in more immersive maps. Dead by Daylight characters will have more realistic modeling and texturing, related to and informed by each character’s lore. Also, we’ll be making improvements to the lighting and VFX for a more engrossing experience. Blood in the moonlight looks a certain way—these details matter!”
When Will Dead by Daylight Launch for Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5?
A recent tweet from the official Dead by Daylight Twitter account claims that the game will launch on both next-gen consoles during the holiday 2020 season. It will include enhanced graphics and will continue to receive regular updates.
Will Dead by Daylight Be Upgraded to Next-Gen Consoles For Free?
Behaviour Interactive has confirmed that if you’re currently playing Dead by Daylight on the Xbox One or PS4, you’ll get a free upgraded version of the game when you upgrade to the next-gen consoles. All of your progress in the game will also be carried over, so there will be no need to start over.
As of now, we don’t know what else to expect, but it looks like Dead by Daylight is going to stick around for a long time to come. With this major round of updates scheduled to continue through Fall of 2021 and developers working to bring the game to next-gen consoles before the end of 2020, we’re going to hear a lot more about it in the coming months. We’ve already seen some pretty good updates, with cross-play and cross-friend functionality recently being added to the game. A recent update also brought Silent Hill’s Pyramid Head into the game as a new killer, who now sits on the roster along with Michael, Fredyd Krueger, Leatherface, and Demogogon from Stranger Things.
At this point, let’s just hope that all the graphical and next-gen updates don’t distract developers from adding in new horror characters as well. With Pyramid Head from Silent Hill already in the mix, it only seems fair that Resident Evil’s Nemesis or Mr. X make their way into the game at some point.