Well, it turns out we were right: Freddy Krueger is coming to Dead by Daylight. Correction: he’s already in Dead by Daylight as purchasable DLC.
Starbreeze Studios and Behaviour Interactive have just released the spotlight for the new Nightmare on Elm Street DLC update, and of course, it focuses on the main antagonist of the franchise, Freddy Krueger. During normal gameplay, Freddy is invisible and can’t interact with other players, but they can tell where he is if they listen for faint, audible cues. As a dream demon, Freddy can’t start the killing unless his victims are dreaming, so he comes with an activateable debuff that makes an opposing player slowly fall asleep. As with other playable killers in Dead by Daylight, Freddy can use three abilities. The first, Fire Up, gives Freddy a speed boost whenever survivors repair a generator. The second ability Remember Me makes Freddy obsessed with one survivor. Every time Freddy attacks that particular character, the opposing players need to wait a little longer before the exit gates open and let them escape. Freddy’s final ability Blood Warden can only be activated when the exit gates are open. With this ability, Freddy can block off the exits once per match when he places an opposing player on a giant hook, and any other players who are by the exits are revealed.
Freddy might be the focus of the new spotlight trailer, but he isn’t the only piece of content included in the DLC. One of the protagonists of the 2010 version of Nightmare on Elm Street Quentin Smith is available as a playable survivor, and he comes with his own perks. Quentin’s first perk Pharmacy lets him search chests faster and make less noise while doing so. Furthermore, he always finds an Emergency Med-Kit in the first chest he looks through. The second perk Vigil lets him and allies within a certain range recover from status effects faster. Quentin’s final perk Wake Up reveals the locations of exit gates to Quentin once all the generators are powered up. Quentin can also open these gates faster and reveals his position to allies while doing so. Finally, the Dead by Daylight DLC includes a new map based on the 2010 movie’s Bedham Preschool.
Dead by Daylight‘s A Nightmare on Elm Street DLC is currently available for $6.99. Also, since we are in the middle of a Halloween sale, the base game is discounted at 50% off (currently $14.99), and all the DLC is 30% off with the exception of Charity Case, Leatherface, and A Nightmare on Elm Street.