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Dead by Daylight is an indie horror game developed and published by Behaviour Digital Inc.. Dead by Daylight is both an action and survival horror multiplayer game in which one crazed, unstoppable Killer hunts down four Survivors through a terrifying nightmarish world in a deadly game of Cat & Mouse. It was released on 14 June 2016 for PC, 20 June 2017 for Xbox One and PS4, 24 September 2019 for Switch and 16 April 2020 for Mobile.


Overview[]

  • As a Survivor, go in alone or team up with friends to face an unknown threat. Use Items at hand, Unlocked Abilities and Environmental Objects to outwit the monster and escape from its killing ground.
  • Set in a procedurally generated World, you'll never know what to expect, what you're facing and how to get away. You will have to make stressful choices under desperate circumstances. Every decision impacts your chances of survival.
  • Killers come from all horror genres, from brutal slashers to terrifying paranormal entities. Master these monsters' unique powers and exploit the knowledge of your “home” to track, hunt down, break and sacrifice your victims before they get a chance to escape to safety.
  • The asymmetry, procedural factors and unique thinking of human individuals make each Dead by Daylight match an unexpected scenario where the combined behaviour of each player creates a truly terrifying and thrilling narrative.
  • Dead by Daylight Characters each have a deep progression and Unlockables which can be customized into your own personal strategy. Use your experience, Skills and load-out to climb up the competitive ladder and you might eventually discover the truth beyond the fog.


Trailers[]

Original Launch Trailer 2016 Console Launch Trailer 2017 CHAPTER I: The Last Breath Chapter
CHAPTER II: The HALLOWEEN® Chapter CHAPTER III: Of Flesh and Mud PARAGRAPH I: Left Behind
CHAPTER IV: Spark of Madness CHAPTER V: A Lullaby for the Dark PARAGRAPH II: LEATHERFACE™
CHAPTER VI: A Nightmare on Elm Street™ CHAPTER VII: The SAW™ Chapter CHAPTER VIII: Curtain Call
CHAPTER IX: Shattered Bloodline‎‎ CHAPTER X: Darkness Among Us CHAPTER XI: Demise of the Faithful
CHAPTER XII: Ghost Face® CHAPTER XIII: Stranger Things CHAPTER XIV: Cursed Legacy
CHAPTER XV: Chains of Hate CHAPTER XVI: Silent Hill CHAPTER XVII: Descend Beyond
CHAPTER XVIII: A Binding of Kin CHAPTER XIX: All-Kill CHAPTER XX: Resident Evil
CHAPTER XXI: Hellraiser™ CHAPTER 21.5: Hour of the Witch CHAPTER XXII: Portrait of a Murder


Old Tutorial Videos[]

Before the implementation of the playable Tutorial Maps, Dead by Daylight featured short Tutorial videos to give new Players an idea of how to play the Game. There were 6 videos: 3 for the Killer and 3 for the Survivors:

Killer 1: How To Win Killer 2: How To Hunt Killer 3: How To Find Them
Survivor 1: How To Win Survivor 2: How To Stay Alive Survivor 3: Help Others


Steam Trading Cards[]

Main article: Steam Trading Cards

Dead by Daylight contains a number of Steam Trading Cards, which are virtual cards earned by playing the game on Steam. After collecting all trading cards, a badge can then be crafted and the player will receive: the next badge level, Steam XP, potential profile backgrounds, and emoticons. Steam Trading Cards can be obtained through playing the game, in which the player will receive free card-drops over a period of time, as well as buying them from the Steam Marketplace, or by trading with other players.


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Trivia & Tidbits[]

Voice Actors[]

  • For the majority of the game's lifetime, the Developers at BHVR used members of their own team to provide the voice-acting for Killers and Survivors, with many Killers having been voiced by their Art Director Filip Ivanovic.
  • Starting with the Resident Evil Chapter in 2021, frequent collaborations with La Fabrique du Monstres (The Factory of Monsters), a Canadian voice talent company, are done for the voice-acting of the new Characters.
  • A special mention is reserved for the original Pinhead actor Doug Bradley, who reprised his iconic role from the Hellraiser movies to provide his in-game character with his voice.
  • Another special mention is reserved for the original John Kramer / Jigsaw actor Tobin Bell, who reprised his iconic role from the Saw movies to provide his voice to Billy, the Puppet for the Reveal Trailer of Tome X - SAW.

Dead by Daylight BETA[]

This paragraph lists some trivial facts about the Dead by Daylight BETA build that was available to some Content creators and lucky few prior to the Game's original release in June 2016:

Characters[]

  • While all four original Survivors were available to play as, Killers could only play as The Trapper IconHelpLoading trapper.png.
    • The Wraith IconHelpLoading wraith.png and The Hillbilly IconHelpLoading hillbilly.png were hidden from Players as they were not quite finished yet.
      The Wraith had sound issues when cloaked and The Hillbilly had missing animations and sounds.

Cosmetics[]

  • Some of the Killer's Cosmetic options did not yet have dedicated icons and used the icon of the Skeleton Key FulliconItems skeletonKey.png as a placeholder instead.

Items[]

  • Several Items that would not become available until Patch 1.1.2 were already implemented and functional, but remained locked and hidden.

Levelling[]

  • It was impossible to level past Level 5.
    • However, a bug allowed some Players to circumvent this restriction and even prestige.

Locomotion[]

  • When walking on stairs, BETA Survivors would realistically place their feet on the individual steps.
    However, this system was scrapped.

Map Offerings[]

  • All Map Offerings with a tremendous modifier were of Very Rare Rarity, compared to the Rare they were changed to after a few Patches.

Maps & Realms[]

  • Despite only having the original The MacMillan Estate Maps available to play on, the BETA already contained the other two Release-Realms, Autohaven Wreckers and Coldwind Farm, as well as several early version of future Maps for other Realms.
    • Unreleased Sawmill Map:
      • Loading into the Sawmill Map reveals that it uses assets of The Thompson House on a different lay-out.
        This Map never made it past early development.
    • Early Backwater Swamp Maps (CHAPTER III: Of Flesh and Mud):
      • Loading into the Backwater Swamp Maps reveals many missing assets, but also some that never made it to release, such as a large tree with tunnels in-between its massive roots.
      • The Pale Rose was nearly finished already.
      • Grim Pantry's main-building featured some slightly altered lay-out.
      • A Map was intended to feature the cannibal-village from The Hag's Lore and was even modelled and textured by 1.3.1, but never released.
    • Early Crotus Prenn Asylum version (CHAPTER I: The Last Breath Chapter):
      • The BETA version was located in Coldwind Farm, which, judging by other unreleased Maps, appears to have been used as a Template-Realm by the Developers.
      • The Asylum building featured essentially the same lay-out as it did at release.
    • Unreleased Coldwind Farm Map:
      • The BETA featured an unreleased Map called "Farm Cross", which was in the shape of large '+', as well as fully modelled and textured.
        Curiously, it featured the main Landmarks of several Coldwind Farm Maps, almost as if the Map itself was a compilation.
        It featured the Silo (Torment Creek), the Slaughterhouse (Rancid Abattoir), and the Farmhouse (The Thompson House).

Prestige[]

  • Prestige Cosmetics were of Ultra Rare Rarity, compared to the Rare they were changed to after the first Bloodweb IconHelp bloodweb.png Rework.

Teachable Perks[]

  • While Teachable Perks IconHelp teachables.png already existed, hovering above them in the inventory would only mention its Rarity and omit the Character they belong to.


Phobias[]

Due to the very nature of horror games, Dead by Daylight encompasses and/or portrays a large variety of phobias and fears for atmospheric purposes.
The following table details several phobias:

Phobia Translation Manifestations
Acrophobia Fear of Heights Drops from two-story buildings/structures on various Maps.
Apotemnophobia Fear of Dismemberment The Spirit IconHelpLoading spirit.png, Clown's Memento Mori.
Anthropophagososphobia Fear of Cannibalism The Cannibal IconHelpLoading cannibal.png, Hag's Memento Mori.
Arachnophobia Fear of Spiders Entity-spider-legs on Hooks and Visceral Cankers.
Automatonophobia Fear of Mannequins/Puppets Mannequin props on The Game.
Basiphobia Fear of Falling Drops from two-story buildings/structures on various Maps.
Blennophobia Fear of Ooze/Slime The Blight IconHelpLoading blight.png, Visceral Cankers, Blighted Cosmetics.
Coulrophobia Fear of Clowns The Clown IconHelpLoading clown.png, Coulrophobia IconPerks coulrophobia.png.
Claustrophobia Fear of Tight Spaces Claustrophobia IconPerks cruelLimits.png.
Electrophobia Fear of Electricity The Doctor IconHelpLoading doctor.png.
Emetophobia Fear of Vomit The Plague IconHelpLoading plague.png.
Ergophobia Fear of Work Repairing Generators.
Haemophobia Fear of Blood Various visual effects, Haemophobia Ach haemophobia.jpg.
Lupophobia Fear of Werewolves The Huntress IconHelpLoading huntress.png (see Lore Trivia).
Masklophobia Fear of Masks/Costumes Various Cosmetic options.
Murophobia Fear of Mice/Rats Rats in various Maps.
Necrophobia Fear of Dead Things Various slaughtered animals in Coldwind Farm.
Nyctophobia Fear of Darkness/Night Maps are usually dark and not very bright.
Oneirophobia Fear of Dreams The Nightmare IconHelpLoading nightmare.png
Ornitophobia Fear of Birds The Crows IconHelp crows.png, Vultures on Dead Dawg Saloon, The Artist IconHelpLoading artist.png's Dire Crow ability
Photophobia Fear of Light The Entity IconHelp entity.png, Killers.
Scopophobia Fear of Being Watched Stalking Killers.
Swinophobia Fear of Pigs The Pig IconHelpLoading pig.png, props on Coldwind Farm.
Tetraphobia Fear of the Number 4 Showstopper IconPowers showstopper.png, after its rework, has a default capacity of 44 Blades.
In several Asian languages, the number 'four' is a homophone to the word for 'death' and therefore associated with similar levels of superstition as the number 'thirteen' in Western cultures.
Teraphobia Fear of Monsters The Demogorgon IconHelpLoading demogorgon.png, The Entity IconHelp entity.png.
Thanatophobia Fear of Death General theme, the Killers, the Sacrifice Ritual, Thanatophobia IconPerks thanatophobia.png.
Trypanophobia Fear of Needles Nurse IconHelpLoading nurse.png Cosmetics.
Trypophobia Fear of Holes The Twins IconHelpLoading twins.png: Charlotte's chest cavity when Victor is on the prowl.


Theme Music[]

  • The Dead by Daylight Theme is centred around a four-note sequence of E-flat, D, E-flat, and C.
    • This sequence marks the beginning of the Dies Irae (Latin for "The Day of Wrath"), a sequence originating in Gregorian plainchant.
    • In history, the Dies Irae motif is most commonly found in Requiems, a Mass for the Dead or for Funerals.
    • In contemporary times, it is often used as a theme or musical quotation in conjunction with settings and symbols of death and mortality.
    • The motif is present in all Chapter themes (except Ghost Face), though transposed to suit different instruments.
  • After the release of the Curtain Call DLC, all Chapters received a unique new Theme Music that would play in the Main Menu
    • The Theme usually remains as the default until the release of the following Mid-Chapter Patch, which would revert the music back to the original theme.
    • In addition to new Chapters, certain Events also have theme songs associated with them that would play in the Main Menu for the duration of the Event in question.

Instruments[]


NOTE: This information is not official and was compiled at the discretion of the editors:

Menu Themes[]
  • A Chapter's Theme music often revolves around a particular trope or general theme present in the Chapter in regards to the selected instruments.
  • An Event's Theme follows this same principle, reflecting the mood and feel of said Event.
    • The following list attempts to highlight the main instruments used in a Theme, with the instrument playing the Dies Irae motif highlighted in gold.
Chapter/Event General Theme Instruments Music
All Hallows' Eve Event Halloween Distorted Guitar, Drums, Piano, Strings, Vibraphone
Winter Solstice Event Christmas Drums, Tambourine, Tubular Bells
Scorching Summer BBQ Event Summer, Rural Distorted Guitar, Drums, Synths
The Hallowed Blight Event Ethereal Bassoons, Brass, Pizzicato Strings, Synths, Percussion Toys (i.e. Shaker)
Moonrise Event China Drums, Guanzi (Woodwind Instrument), Pipa (String Instrument)
Anniversary Event Birthday/Anniversary Guitar, Drums, Synths (no Dies Irae motif)
Bone Chill Christmas French Horn, Trumpet, Tuba, Trombone, Tubular Bells, Strings, Harps, Percussion Toys (i.e. Shaker), Timpani
Doctor's Theme Psychedelic Bass Flute, Distorted Strings, Drums, Synths
Hillbilly's Theme Rural/Country Distorted Guitar, Drums, Tambourine
CHAPTER VIII: Curtain Call Carnival Accordion, Bassoon, Clarinet, Drums, Music Box, Synths
CHAPTER IX: Shattered Bloodline Japan Distorted Guitar, Drums, French Horn (stopped), Shakuhachi (Wooden Flute), String Bass
CHAPTER X: Darkness Among Us Heavy Metal Distorted Bass, Distorted Guitar, Drum Set
CHAPTER XI: Demise of the Faithful Middle East Bass Flute, Drums, Flute, Tam-Tam
CHAPTER XII: Ghost Face Psychedelic Drums, Oboe, Clarinet, Strings, Synths (no Dies Irae motif)
CHAPTER XIII: Stranger Things 80s Synth Music Synths
CHAPTER XIV: Cursed Legacy Japan Drums, Koto (String Instrument), Low Brass, Shakuhachi (Wooden Flute), Tubular Bells
CHAPTER XV: Chains of Hate Western Banjo, Guitar (detuned), Piano
CHAPTER XVI: Silent Hill Mysterious Choir, Drum Set, Guitar, Piano, Vibraphone
CHAPTER XVII: Descend Beyond Orchestral Strings
CHAPTER XVIII: A Binding of Kin French Accordion, Cello, Music Box, Hammered Dulcimer, Vibraphone
CHAPTER XIX: All-Kill Psychedelic/K-Pop Distorted Guitar, Drums, Synths
CHAPTER XX: Resident Evil Powerful Synth Strings & Brass, Drums
CHAPTER XXI: Hellraiser Filmic Flute, Oboe, Trumpet, French Horn, Harps, Trombone, Tuba, Drums, Strings, Choir
CHAPTER XXII: Portrait of a Murder Desolate Flute, Oboe, Strings, Crows
Chase Music[]
Killer Name General Theme Instruments Music
Generic Closing In Menacing Drums, Synths, Distorted Strings
Generic No Place to Hide Menacing Strings, Synths, Drums
Generic Blood Trail Menacing, Terrifying Strings, Synths, Percussion
Hillbilly - Rural, Rock, Tense (Distorted) Guitar, Synths, Drums, Banjo
Shape - Unsettling, Tense Piano, Drum Set, Strings
Doctor - Psychedelic, Unsettling Bass Flute, Synths, Drums
Clown - Carnival, Discomforting Distorted Strings, Synths, Drums, Bassoon, Accordion, Wooden Xylophone
Spirit - Haunting Distorted Guitar, Drum Set, Shakuhachi (Wooden Flute), Bass Strings, Tubular Bells, Synths, Drums
Demogorgon - Supernatural, Unsettling Synths
Oni - Overwhelming Drum Set, Low Brass, Drums, Synths
Deathslinger - Western, Threatening Piano, Guitar (Detuned), Percussion, Synths, Drums
Executioner - Otherworldly Distorted Guitar, Synths, Xylophone, Drums
Blight - Orchestral, Old-Fashioned, Victorian Strings, Synths, Drums
Twins - Hectic, Tense Synths, Drums, Cello, Distorted Guitar
Trickster - Horrifying, Unsettling Distorted Guitar, Drums, Synths
Nemesis - Orchestral, Overwhelming Synth Strings and Brass, Drums
Cenobite - Filmic, Supernatural, Otherworldly (Distorted) Strings, Tuba, Trombone, French Horn, Trumpet, Choir
Artist - Hectic, Agitating (Distorted) Strings, Synths, Oboe
Generic (Killer) Entity Brain Hectic, Agitating Guitar, Percussion
Generic (Killer) Kill Hunt Hectic, Agitating, Energetic Synths

Content Codenames[]

Dead by Daylight makes use of internal codenames to distinguish between and classify different content, usually the Game's numerous DLCs.
All files associated with a specific content release will have a reference to said codename.
This practice originally started during the Development of CHAPTER VI: A Nightmare on Elm Street™, codenamed "England", likely originating as an internal joke as a wordplay on Robert Englund's last name, the original portrayor of the character of Freddy Krueger.

Dead by Daylight Mobile[]

The Dead by Daylight Mobile port and any data associated with it features a special internal reference: "Atlanta"

  • "Atlanta" is the Capital of the State of Georgia in the US and finds its origins in "Atlantic", a reference to the transcontinental Atlantic-Pacific Railroad.

Country-based Codenames[]

Starting with the aforementioned "England" Chapter, each successive Chapter, and eventually each Mid-Chapter as well, were named after an apparently random country in alphabetical order, with the Developers occasionally skipping some letters.
This practice continued until the release of the Mid-Chapter Patch 4.3.0, codenamed "Zambia".

Astronomy-based Codenames[]

Having reached the end of the alphabet, the Developers decided to switch the idea pool of their codenames from countries to terms found in astronomy, starting with the release of CHAPTER XVIII: A Binding of Kin, codenamed "Aurora".
This practice continues to this day.

Codename Table[]

The following table lists all Content Codenames used in Dead by Daylight:

Data Codename
Special or no Codenames
Fourth Year Anniversary Anniversary2020
Fifth Year Anniversary Anniversary2021
CHAPTER 11.5: Ash vs Evil Dead Ash
Dead by Daylight Mobile Atlanta
CHAPTER 5.5: LEATHERFACE™ Cannibal
Charity Case Clothing Pack CharityCase
DeathGarden Masks Deathgarden
CHAPTER II: The HALLOWEEN™ Chapter DLC2
CHAPTER IV: Spark of Madness DLC4
CHAPTER V: A Lullaby for the Dark DLC5
Unknown Content EP
Gnome Chompski Charm Gnome2021
The Hallowed Blight Event HalloweenEvent
The Withering/Eternal Blight Events HalloweenEvent2019
The Midnight Grove Event HalloweenEvent2021
Halloween Items HalloweenItems
Head Case Clothing Pack HeadCase
Kabuki Mask Kabuki
KingKong Event Apparel KingKong
CHAPTER 3.5: Left Behind L4D
Howling Grounds Event LunarEvent
Moonrise Event LunarEvent2019
Gilded Stampede Event LunarEvent2021
Reworked Nurse Code TheNurse
Winter Solstice/Bone Chill Events WinterEvent
Bone Chill Event WinterEvent2021
Country Codenames
CHAPTER VI: A Nightmare on Elm Street™ England
CHAPTER VII: The SAW™ Chapter Finland
CHAPTER VIII: Curtain Call Guam
CHAPTER IX: Shattered Bloodline Haiti
Mid-Chapter 2.3.0 Japan
CHAPTER X: Darkness Among Us Kenya
Mid-Chapter 2.5.0 Laos
CHAPTER XI: Demise of the Faithful Mali
Mid-Chapter 2.7.0 Nepal
VFX Updates in 4.2.0 Niagara
CHAPTER XII: Ghost Face Oman
CHAPTER XIII: Stranger Things Qatar
Mid-Chapter 3.3.0 Rwanda
Tome I - Awakening
CHAPTER XIV: Cursed Legacy Sweden
Mid-Chapter 3.5.0 Togo
Tome II - Reckoning
CHAPTER XV: Chains of Hate Ukraine
Mid-Chapter 3.7.0 Vietnam
Tome III - Escalation
CHAPTER XVI: Silent Hill Wales
Mid-Chapter 4.1.0 Xipre
Tome IV - Conviction
CHAPTER XVII: Descend Beyond Yemen
Mid-Chapter 4.3.0 Zambia
Tome V - Unleashed
Astronomy Codenames
CHAPTER XVIII: A Binding of Kin Aurora
Mid-Chapter 4.5.0 Big Bang
Tome VI - Divergence
CHAPTER XIX: All-Kill Comet
Mid-Chapter 4.7.0 Draco
Tome VII - Forsaken
CHAPTER XX: Resident Evil Eclipse
Mid-Chapter 5.1.0 Flare
Tome VIII - Deliverance
CHAPTER XXI: Hellraiser Gemini
CHAPTER 21.5: Hour of the Witch Hubble
Tome IX - Crescendo
CHAPTER XXII: Portrait of a Murder Ion
Mid-Chapter 5.5.0 Jupiter
Tome X - SAW

Name Explanations[]

  • "Aurora" is the Latin terminology used to describe the polar lights, also called "Aurora borealis" (Northern Lights) or "Aurora australis" (Southern Lights).
  • "Big Bang" refers to the most popular scientific theory about the creation of the Universe.
  • "Comet" refers to objects in the solar system that are mainly composed of rocks and ice.
    When they approach the sun, its heat causes them to heat up and leave long trails of gas trailing after them, that make them visible in the sky under the right conditions.
  • "Draco" refers to a star-constellation in the Northern Sky that was first discovered by Ptolemy in the second century AD.
  • "Eclipse" refers to an astronomical event in which an astronomical object is temporarily obscured, either by passing into the shadow of another object or by having another body pass in-between it and the observer.
    The most common examples of eclipses on Earth are Solar and Lunar eclipses.
  • "Flare" here likely refers to solar flares, events that suddenly increase the sun's brightness in certain spots on its surface.
  • "Gemini" refers to the star-constellation of the same name, as well as the third zodiac sign, for people born between 21 May and 21 June.
  • "Guam" is an organised, unincorporated territory of the United States in Micronesia.
  • "Hubble" is a reference to the space telescope of the same name, as well as the American astronomer Edwin Hubble, who the space telescope was named after.
  • "Ion" refers to either a particle, an atom, or a molecule that carries an electric charge.
  • "Jupiter" refers to the largest planet in the Solar System, as well as the Roman equivalent to Zeus, the Greek God of the Sky.
  • "Niagara" refers to the famous "Niagara Falls", as well as a town of the same name.
    Both are located in South Eastern Canada.
  • "Xipre" is the Catalan name of "Cyprus", an island republic situated in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea.

Unreal Engine Versions[]

Dead by Daylight runs on Epic's Unreal Engine.

Patch 1.4.0[]

  • Updated Engine to version 4.13

Patch 2.4.0[]

  • Updated Engine to version 4.20

Patch 2.6.0[]

  • Updated Engine to version 4.21

Patch 3.3.1[]

  • Updated Engine to version 4.22

Patch 4.2.0[]

  • Updated Engine to version 4.25

Localisation[]

There are 15 languages currently available in Dead by Daylight:

  • German
  • English
  • Spanish
  • Mexican Spanish
  • French
  • Italian
  • Polish
  • Brazilian Portuguese
  • Turkish
  • Russian
  • Thai
  • Simplified Chinese
  • Traditional Chinese
  • Japanese
  • Korean
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