With the next generation of consoles looming on the horizon, the games industry is preparing for the transition in different ways. Activision’s Call of Duty Black Ops: Cold War will release with a higher priced edition for its next-gen upgrade, whereas CD Projekt Red’s Cyberpunk 2077 will offer the upgrade for free. It is encouraging to see Behaviour Interactive, developers of multiplayer horror game Dead by Daylight, following the latter example.
According to a post from Behaviour Interactive’s official Twitter page, the next-gen version of Dead by Daylight will sport improved graphics over the current editions, as well as continue to receive regular updates. The tweet also notes that, as well as the free upgrade to next-gen, players will be able to keep all of their progress across the console transition.
#DeadbyDaylight is coming to next-gen consoles in Holiday 2020! The game will feature improved graphics over current gen versions and receive regular updates.
Already playing #DBD on console? When you upgrade your console, you'll get the game for free AND keep all your progress.
— Dead by Daylight (@DeadByBHVR) September 1, 2020
Until then, fans of Dead by Daylight can look forward to a massive technical update to the current version of the game. Called ‘The Realm Beyond’, the upgrade is described on the game’s latest news post as a “top-to-bottom graphical and visual overhaul”.
Between now and Fall 2021, ‘The Realm Beyond’ updates will introduce upgrades to visuals, graphics and animations, as well as revamping the game’s environments, character models, textures and lighting VFX. The first part of the update will focus on the ‘Springwood’ and ‘Yamaoka Estate’ maps, and will roll out for PC, Xbox One, PS4 and Nintendo Switch beginning from September 8. The game is also set to release for Google Stadia this month, with ‘The Realm Beyond’ update expected to launch alongside it.
Players can expect to find more distinct rooms and realistic outdoor environments in these maps, as well as new “environmental and storytelling details” to discover, says Lead Level Artist Stephanie Hellin.
For more on the game, check out our Dead by Daylight review.