Dead By Daylight is bound for next-gen, with PlayStation 5 and Series X versions announced. Developer Behaviour Interactive has announced the The Realm Beyond project, which will introduce numerous free updates to the game on all platforms in the lead up to the game’s fifth anniversary in June 2021.

Product manager Joris Four says that this is their way of building up to next-gen versions: “we will be introducing a series of free updates to our visuals, graphics, lighting, animations, and more for players on PC, Xbox One, PS4, Nintendo Switch, and Stadia while also building up to a Dead by Daylight experience for the next generation of consoles.”

The plan is to introduce more environmental elements into maps, starting with Springwood and Yamaoka Estate. “Individual rooms will now be more distinct, with each serving a specific function,” the post promises, and there will be new environmental storytelling elements introduced, as well as upgraded animations. There will be some significant new additions to maps, like a new Killer Shack in Yamaoka Estate.

The post also states that the team is currently updating “the visual fidelity of Dead by Daylight’s maps and characters”. You can preview some of those visual upgrades in the video below.

More details about these updates will be available in the future, but for now, the next major update will launch on September 8.

The game will continue to support cross-play across this project, so hopefully Switch players can join PS5 and vice-versa once the next-gen versions are out.

Dead By Daylight has improved so much since launch that GameSpot recently re-reviewed it, giving it a 9/10. “Thanks to its community of players Dead by Daylight is without peer in the asymmetrical competitive multiplayer arena, and has grown into one of the most robust horror experiences around,” wrote reviewer Joab Gilroy.

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