Famously protective Konami is lending a couple of Silent Hill characters to Dead by Daylight’s patchwork quilt of horror.
Dead by Daylight is an asymmetrical survival horror game, where a group of very average people try to escape one of horror’s most famous cinematic killers. Or rather, it is now. When it originally released, Dead by Daylight was populated by a small number of killers who were sort-of-recognisable-but-not-copyright-infringing facsimiles of famous cinematic killers.
They might have had a mask, or a melty face, or a butcher’s apron, but they absolutely were not, for legal reasons, Michael Myers, Freddie Kreuger, or Bubba “Leatherface” Sawyer. Well, they weren’t, past tense. Then a really weird thing happened: Dead by Daylight became popular, and licensing deals started to happen.
Before long, Halloween’s Michael Myers was actually in the game as a playable killer, with his counterpart, Laurie Strode, a playable survivor. They were patched into the game in DLC Chapter II: Halloween, and once that happened? All bets were off.
Soon Nightmare on Elm Street’s Freddy Kreuger and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre’s Leatherface were lining up alongside their cheap knock-offs, while Ash from The Evil Dead and Bill Overbeck from Left 4 Dead joined the survivors’ ranks. Netflix favourite Stranger Things even got in on the act, with the Demogorgon facing off against Nancy Wheeler and Steve Harrington.
One thing we didn’t expect, though? Famously protective licensee Konami has lent its Silent Hill franchise to the Dead by Daylight DLC jamboree. (Especially with Dead by Daylight’s original “nurse” killer being so obviously lifted from Silent Hill’s bandage-strapped nurses.)
In a new update, coming to Dead by Daylight in June 2020, Pyramid Head – referred to as “The Executioner” here – will become a playable killer, while Cheryl Mason will be a new playable survivor. And of course, it all takes place on a new map: Midwich Elementary School, a classic Silent Hill location.