Don’t Expect Any Crossovers
Well, they did it. Dead by Daylight has become a popular enough horror game that Hollywood wants to make it into a movie. We have seen it before with Resident Evil, Silent Hill, and the upcoming Five Nights at Freddy’s film.
If you do not play DbD, you may be surprised to hear that there is a deep lore passed the hooks, fog, and screams. It is not just people being hunted by killers for the sake of being hunted. The premise of the game actually could translate quite well to the big screen. The Dead by Daylight film is being produced by James Wan and Jason Blum, from Atomic Monster and Blumhouse, respectively.
A presence called the Entity seeks out people (Killers) who have committed acts of great violence or malice, plucks them out of reality, and brings them to its realm. If a person gets to close to where the Killers were taken, they are also taken to become prey (Survivors).
The Killers and Survivors are then caught in an endless loop of hunting and running. If a Survivor is sacrificed to the Entity, a piece of their soul is absorbed to sustain the Entity, letting the nightmare repeat over and over. The cycle that keeps Dead by Daylight alive is the thing that could make it a fascinating film.
Behaviour Interactive has kept their game fresh with new Killers and Survivors, often brought in from other franchises. While this tactic may draw in new players, fans should not expect those crossovers in the movie, for licensing and legal reasons.
Dead by Daylight is available on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, Nintendo Switch, and mobile devices.
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