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Dead by Daylight Goes Head-to-Head With Friday the 13th: The Game

Typical. You wait for one horror-themed, asymmetric player vs player slash-em-up and then two arrive at once.

Okay, maybe not quite at once, but a mere month after the release of Friday the 13th: The Game, PS4 and Xbox One owners will be able to get their blood-soaked hands on Dead by Daylight, a game with a very similar premise. Currently available for digital pre-order (the game will also receive a physical release), Dead by Daylight casts one player as a murderous serial killer and four other players as his would-be-victims. The killer must dispatch their victims in order to succeed, whereas his quarry win by escaping his homicidal clutches.

Dead by Daylight has been out on the PC for just under a year, and has received “mostly positive” reviews on the Steam store. A range of free and purchasable downloadable content has been released for the game, one piece of DLC letting you play as Michael Myers, the killer from the Halloween franchise. Both Dead by Daylight and Friday the 13th: The Game were developed independently, the latter beginning life as Slasher Vol. 1: Summer Camp before it became a Friday the 13th game. Neither game currently features a single player mode, though Friday the 13th: The Game will reportedly be receiving a single-player component later this year. The console versions of both games will also require that you subscribe to Xbox Gold or Playstation Plus in order to play online.

In our review of Friday the 13th: The Game, we stated that it “offers plenty of thrills but also plenty of frustrating issues and design decisions that unfortunately mar the experience”. At the time of writing, the game is plagued by matchmaking issues and, while patches are pending, finding an online match is hugely hit and miss. It’s also more expensive than Dead by Daylight though it does support more players, up to eight in total.

If you fancy going for a slash, Friday the 13th: The Game is available now (with its associated online play problems) on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. Dead by Daylight is currently available on the PC and stalks its way onto the Xbox One and PS4 on June 20th in North America and June 23rd elsewhere.

Weekend Editor // Chris has been gaming since the days of the Acorn Electron, which was allegedly purchased to 'help him with his homework'. You can probably guess how well that went. He’ll tackle most genres – football titles aside – though he has a taste for games that that are post-apocalyptic, horror-oriented or thought provoking in nature.