Tis’ the season to be spooky (fa-la-la-la-la!) and what better way to do that than running for your virtual life from one of the most iconic mascots of all things creepy, Freddy Kreuger? Behaviour Interactive and Starbreeze Studios have all but announced the inclusion of the stab happy burn victim in their asymmetrical survival horror title Dead By Daylight in their latest teaser trailer. The inclusion of the movie license tracks with the past DLC of the game; Dead By Daylight has previously received DLC including Michael Myers and Laurie Strode of Halloween fame as well as Leatherface from the Texas Chainsaw Massacre franchise.
As you can see from the teaser, neither Freddy Kreuger or Nightmare on Elm Street is explicitly mentioned, but in just the short 20 seconds of footage we are blasted with pretty much all the motifs of the films. We see a rusty pipe reminiscent of the boiler room Kreuger was burned in, scratches appearing from thin air much like the wounds that appear on Freddy’s victims, and most importantly the warning of “Don’t Fall Asleep” that flashes at the end of the teaser. Unfortunately, the teaser also excludes any hint of a release window for the DLC and it would be a crying shame if they missed the Halloween season.
Having a lot of hours clocked into Illfonic’s Friday the 13th: The Game as well as Dead By Daylight, I’m a pretty big fan of these asymmetrical horror movie themed experiences. I’ve always loved the slasher genre and these games are the closest you can get to living in that world, short of actually being on the run from a machete wielding madman. Much like the B-movies they draw inspiration from, these games are far from perfect, but they have a quirky charm that hits all the right notes for a niche group of horror fans that have been kept in the dark for far too long.
You can check out our review of Dead By Daylight here.