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Dead by Daylight gets cross-console play and friends lists

Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PS4 players can stalk or be stalked together

concept art for dead by daylight Image: Behaviour Interactive
Owen S. Good is a longtime veteran of video games writing, well known for his coverage of sports and racing games.

On Thursday, Dead by Daylight developer Behaviour Interactive introduced cross-console features, including multiplayer matchmaking and a cross-platform friends list. The game’s developer boasts a player base of more than 25 million, so this should significantly expand matchmaking opportunities for console users.

Cross-play now encompasses PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch, where the survival horror game launched in 2017, 2017, and 2019, respectively. “Players on console and PC will now face trials together which will surely bring new metas to Dead by Daylight,” Behaviour Interactive said in a statement.

The company noted that playing with friends from any platform “was a feature widely requested by the community.” It called the new Cross-Friends list “an unprecedented multiplayer experience.”

In Dead by Daylight, one player is a supernatural killer, akin to the major bad guy from a big Hollywood slasher franchise. They hunt the other four, who try to outlast and escape the killer. If they’re caught, the killer initiates a “sacrifice” process from which the victim’s teammates can rescue them (or not). The game has featured several celebrity cameo crossovers in the past year or so, from Silent Hill’s Pyramid Head, to Stranger Things’ demogorgon and Scream’s Ghostface.

Behaviour Interactive says the cross-platform functionality comes after a year of research, data analysis, and development. The game implemented cross-platform play between users on Steam and those from the Windows Store in November.

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