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Dead by Daylight’s next Killer, Freddy Krueger, Will Give You Nightmares

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One, two, Freddy’s coming for you.
Three, four, better lock your door.
Five, six, grab a crucifix.
Seven, eight, gonna stay up late.
Nine, ten, time to play Dead by Daylight again. Because Freddy Krueger’s the next playable killer. Probably.

Coming fresh off the heels of the latest playable character, the chainsaw-wielding maniac Leatherface from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Starbreeze Studios and Behaviour Digital, Inc. have posted a short teaser trailer that implies the dream demon Freddy Krueger of A Nightmare on Elm Street fame is the next playable killer. The video shows four streaks of blood appearing on a bloody iron bar (or piece of wood; it’s hard to tell), followed by a single slash across the streaks to form the Dead by Daylight symbol, but the slash appears out of nowhere, as if created by some invisible weapon. This is basically Freddy’s calling card: carving people up with slashes and gashes that appear for no discernible reason. Oh, and then the teaser cuts to the words, “Don’t fall asleep,” and anyone who knows anything about Freddy knows he can only reach his victims when they’re dreaming. Even though the trailer doesn’t exactly openly state Freddy’s the next character, at this point it’s a foregone conclusion, because no other slasher villain fits the profile.

Right now, we can only guess at how Freddy will be implemented into Dead by Daylight, as the trailer doesn’t reveal any pertinent information. Will Freddy only be able to interact with survivor characters who activate traps that make them fall asleep, or will the game imply that everyone who encounters him is already asleep? How well will the developers translate Freddy’s campy (yet still deadly) style of humor into video game form? And, most importantly, will Robert Englund reprise his role as the Elm Street Serial Killer?

Freddy Krueger will be the third iconic slasher villain to guest star in Dead by Daylight, joining the ranks of Michael Myers and Leatherface. While gamers will likely never see Jason Voorhees since he stars in his own asymmetrical survival horror game, we might soon see other classic slashers grace the game. Pinhead and Chucky come to mind, but with a bit of luck maybe the Xenomorph will be the next playable killer. Wishful thinking aside, though, we have no idea when Freddy will be playable, but I hope he will be ready come Halloween, if not sooner.

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Ten million people play The First Descendant in its first week

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The free-to-play shooter The First Descendant has gotten a lot of attention in its first week. The game’s publisher, Nexon, says that 10 million people have already tried it out.

Insider Gaming pointed out that since there is no cost up front, it’s still too early to tell how many of those players will stick around, but it’s still a big number for a new IP. On Steam alone, it peaked at 264,860 concurrents right after launch and has still managed to break 200,000 in the last 24 hours, so it looks like a lot of people are still really into the game.

It was a “mindless and repetitive grind,” and we gave The First Descendant a 3/10 in our review. Of course, that’s just one opinion; other experts have had different ones. Most people, though, say that the game’s annoying free-to-play model is the worst thing about it.

Are you one of the millions of people who played The First Descendant last week? Are you going to come back for more? Leave a comment below and let us know.

 

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Raiden, the famous shmup series, will come back as a twin-stick shooter on PS5, PS4, and PC

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Raiden has a long and interesting history as a vertical shooter in arcades. However, the series is going to get a Super Stardust HD makeover, which means it will switch to a twin-stick format. It comes out in Japan on October 31. There’s no word yet on when it will come out in the West, but we wouldn’t be surprised if it did.

A Gematsu translation of the game’s website says that the full version will have an arcade mode with up to six stages. There will also be an “Unlimited” option for people who want to be at the top of the rankings. It sounds like a pretty straightforward package in terms of what’s inside, but we think the action will be what makes it worth it.

There’s a trailer up top that should help you figure out what to expect. There are, however, different versions of Raiden 3, Raiden 4, and Raiden 5 that you can play right now on the PS5 and PS4, if you can’t wait for this game to come out in the West.

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Bandai Namco and Nike designed Tekken 8 sneakers with tag-team designs

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Nike, the maker of high-quality shoes, is working with Bandai Namco, the company that makes the Tekken series, to make a pair of sneakers. The fun competition is part of the franchise’s 30th anniversary celebrations. You can get your own pair for $250 or the equivalent in your country, though they’ll probably be worth a lot more on the sneakerhead black market.

Two pairs of Tekken 8 x Nike Air Foamposite One Fist sneakers are set to come out in September 2024, according to shoe fan Sole Retriever (thanks, VGC). The designs are based on Kazuya and Jin, two main characters in the series. You can get them at Nike and some other stores. People who like hypebeasts and fighting games are likely to buy these quickly, so if you like Tekken and shoes that make people talk, you should probably act fast.

Should Bandai Namco and Nike work together? What do you think? Are you going to fight for your own pair? Make sure to take good care of your shoes and keep their value in the comments section below.

 

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