One thing is for certain when it comes to Dead By Daylight, and that’s how successful the asymmetrical horror game has been since launch. Following its release on Steam last year, the sales that followed were solely responsible for half of Starbreeze Studios sales in the last quarter of 2016 alone. Proving to be a strategic and financial success, the next logical step could arguably be to continue its growth on consoles.
And that’s exactly what happened when the special edition of Dead By Daylight launched on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One recently. As the title suggests, there is several beneficial factors to making the crossover to consoles, with some being more obvious than others. Of course, its now able to reach an even bigger audience than ever before with its introduction to PS4 and Xbox One players.
It is however worth noting that despite its success on Steam, it wasn’t considered a perfect game by any means. Having experienced the game briefly on PC, I did in fact enjoy Dead By Daylight for its horrific nature and gameplay mechanics, similar in nature to the likes of Evolve with the 4v1 survivor versus monster concept. The formula is most certainly there for all the makings of a remarkable horror games, yet it was unfortunately held back slightly I found on PC by glitches and issues with the servers.
Upon hearing the news that it would be making its way to consoles, I picked the game up on Xbox One in the hope that some of the issues that held it back would have been smoothed out. Thankfully, that seems to be the case with this version. There are far less glitches occurring throughout my time playing the game, and the controls feel simpler to use, particularly when playing as a survivor. At first, it was worrying that it was taking a while for me to find a lobby, but that was more down to my impatience of having to wait a few minutes, after which finding games took very little time at all.
I’m still pretty awful playing as a killer, so nothing has changed in that aspect. But now that there is what feels like a smoother gameplay experience on console versions, my skills are bound to improve (I hope!). Combining that with the fact that its reaching a brand new audience, Dead By Daylight’s reach can only go upwards, and hopefully will bring Starbreeze even more success from console sales going forward.