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Dead by Daylight

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Dead by Daylight
Dead by Daylight cover
Behaviour Interactive
2016-2017 Starbreeze Studios
2018-present Behaviour Interactive
Unreal Engine 4[Note 1]
Release dates
Windows June 14, 2016
Metacritic 71
OpenCritic 70
Monetization One-time game purchase, DLC
Microtransactions Cosmetic, Currency, Free-to-grind, Unlock
Modes Multiplayer
Perspectives Third-person, First-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Survival horror
Themes Horror, Supernatural
Series Dead by Daylight
Dead by Daylight on HowLongToBeat
Dead by Daylight on IGDB
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Dead by Daylight on Wikipedia
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Hooked on You: A Dead by Daylight Dating Sim 2022
The Casting of Frank Stone TBA


This game requires a constant internet connection for all game modes.

Dead by Daylight is a multiplayer third-person and first-person survival horror game in the Dead by Daylight series.

General information

Official forum
Official wiki
Steam Community discussions
Patch notes
Kill switch master list
Developer updates
r/deadbydaylight subreddit


All versions require a constant internet connection for all game modes.

Version differences

The Gold Edition includes 12 Chapters for a total of 16 Killers and 19 Survivors with Additional Outfits & DLC Exclusive Items.[2]


The list below is in chronological order (according to the DLC addition dates to the Steam Store).

DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
Original Soundtrack Official soundtrack.
The Last Breath Chapter Chapter 1. Free DLC included with the base game.
The 80's Suitcase Clothing pack.
The Halloween® Chapter Chapter 2.
The Bloodstained Sack Clothing pack.
Of Flesh and Mud Chapter Chapter 3.
Left Behind Chapter 3.5. Free DLC included with the base game.
Headcase Clothing pack.
Spark of Madness Chapter Chapter 4.
Charity Case Clothing pack.
A Lullaby for the Dark Chapter Chapter 5. Free DLC included with the base game.
Leatherface™ Chapter 5.5.
A Nightmare on Elm Street™ Chapter 6.
The Saw® Chapter Chapter 7.
Curtain Call Chapter Chapter 8.
Shattered Bloodline Chapter Chapter 9.
Darkness Among Us Chapter Chapter 10.
Demise of the Faithful Chapter Chapter 11.
Ash vs Evil Dead Chapter 11.5.
Ghost Face® Chapter 12.
Stranger Things Chapter Chapter 13.
Cursed Legacy Chapter Chapter 14.
Chains of Hate Chapter Chapter 15.
Silent Hill Chapter Chapter 16.
Silent Hill Cosmetic Pack Clothing pack. Only available when purchasing the Silent Hill Edition.
Descend Beyond Chapter Chapter 17.
A Binding of Kin Chapter Chapter 18.
All-Kill Chapter Chapter 19.
Killer Expansion Pack Character pack.
Survivor Expansion Pack Character pack.
Resident Evil Chapter Chapter 20.
Hellraiser Chapter Chapter 21.
Hour of the Witch Chapter Chapter 21.5.
Portrait of a Murder Chapter Chapter 22.
Sadako Rising Chapter Chapter 23.
Roots of Dread Chapter Chapter 24.
Resident Evil: PROJECT W Chapter Chapter 25.
Forged in Fog Chapter Chapter 26.
Tools of Torment Chapter Chapter 27.
End Transmission Chapter Chapter 28.
Nicolas Cage Chapter Pack Chapter 28.5.
Alien Chapter Pack Chapter 29.
Chucky Chapter Chapter 30.
Alan Wake Chapter Chapter 30.5


Type Notes
Boost All characters (original and licensed) can be bought with real money. Each character unlocks three unique Perks that give certain advantagens to either a Killer or a Survivor.
Cosmetic Skins and clothes for characters.
Currency Auric Cells are the paid currency used for in-game purchases and require real money.

Iridescent Shards are the free currency earned by playing the game normally, and can be used to purchase some of the characters and cosmetics from the in-game store.

The game has a so-called "Shrine of Secrets", which sometimes makes Perks that would otherwise only be available through purchases with real money available for everyone through Iridescent Shards.
The Perks of the Shrine of Secrets are handpicked by the developers.
Infinite spend Auric Cells can be bought infinitely, although there's a limited quantity of cosmetics available.
Unlock Some characters are licensed (e.g. the Nemesis from the Resident Evil series) and can only be bought with real money.
Note: all maps, including licensed ones, are DLC-independent (meaning it's possible to play on them just by having the base game purchased).

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Steam %LOCALAPPDATA%\DeadByDaylight\Saved\Config\WindowsClient
Epic Games Launcher %LOCALAPPDATA%\DeadByDaylight\Saved\Config\EGS
Microsoft Store %LOCALAPPDATA%\DeadByDaylight\Saved\Config\WinGDK
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/381210/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game cloud syncing


Video settings
Video settings

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Game uses desktop resolution, with in-game resolution option affecting quality of in-game render. See Widescreen resolution for custom resolutions.
Player has the option between Vert- or letterboxing to 16:9.
Player has the option between Vert- or letterboxing to 16:9. As of patch 7.5.0, FOV for Killer can be increased up to 16°, which compensates for Vert-.
4K Ultra HD
Appears to not work by default, but can be fixed by locating the DeadByDaylight.exe file, right-clicking it, selecting Properties, selecting the Compatibility tab, clicking Change high DPI settings and then selecting the Override high DPI scaling behavior, scaling performed by: Application check box.[3]
Field of view (FOV)
The default FOV is 87° for Killer and as of patch 7.5.0[4] can be adjust to 103°. Survivor FOV can only be increased by 10° for 20 seconds with a Med-Kit Add-on that's only available in Halloween Event.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
The fullscreen mode is borderless windowed.[5][6]
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Always on, cannot currently be modified.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
As of Patch 7.2.0 you can set TAA or off.[7]
High-fidelity upscaling
FSR 1.0
As of Patch 7.4.0.[8]
Vertical sync (Vsync)
As of Patch 7.2.0 you can choose from on or off.[9]
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
As of Patch 7.2.0 you can choose from 30, 59, 60, 90, 120.[10]
High dynamic range display (HDR)
See the engine page to force native HDR output, or the glossary page for other alternatives.
Color blind mode
Options for Deuteranopia, Protanopia, and Tritanopia filters, and a slider for filter intensity.
The game engine may allow for manual configuration of the game via its variables. See the Unreal Engine 4 page for more details.

Widescreen resolution

Change resolution[11]
  1. Put "-ResX= -ResY=" with the desired values in the game launch options (e.g. -resx=1920 -resy=1080).
  2. If settings do not take effect in fullscreen mode, press Alt+ Enter to switch to windowed mode.

DirectX 12

Enable DirectX 12[12]
The game uses DirectX 11 by default, but some users have reported less sttutering and more performance with the DirectX 12 API while playing the game.
Before enabling this, be sure your GPU supports it.
Not all users benefit from DirectX 12. Some have better performance with DirectX 11. Try both and see which works best for you.
  1. Go to your launcher's launch options section (for Steam, that would be right-clicking the game in your library and going to "Properties...").
  2. Add -dx12 to the launch options.

Skip the intro video

Delete the intro video file[13]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\DeadByDaylight\Content\Movies\AdditionalLoadingScreen\LoadingScreenPostLogin.bk2.
  2. Delete the LoadingScreenPostLogin.bk2 video file.
A key press will still be necessary to go to the main menu ("Press SPACE to continue").
When the game is updated, the file may be regenerated.

Replacing the LoadingScreenPostLogin.bk2 within the AdditionalLoadingScreen Folder with the mentioned LoadingScreen.bk2 File replaces the File with the initial intro Video. Basically terminating the played video, as it lasts only for a few seconds, this file will get replaced with every patch, as of now, this seems to work.


Input Controls
Input Controls

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Separate Survivor and Killer controls.
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Different sliders for Killer and Survivor. See Mouse sensitivity for advanced configuration. Killer's vertical sensitivity is much lower than Survivor's.
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Combined for both keyboard and controller.
Controller support
Full controller support
Controller remapping
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Combined for both keyboard and controller.
Controller types
XInput-compatible controllers
Xbox button prompts
Impulse Trigger vibration
PlayStation controllers
Supported via Steam Input.
PlayStation button prompts
Requires Steam Input, prompts are automatically used.
Light bar support
Adaptive trigger support
DualSense haptic feedback support
Connection modes

Generic/other controllers
Additional information
Button prompts
Visible during QTEs.
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Digital movement supported
Simultaneous controller+KB/M
As of February 2021, the new UI may result in unwanted button prompt switching behaviour. It does not affect functionality.[citation needed]
Steam Input
Steam Input API support
Hook input (legacy mode)
Official controller preset(s)
Steam Controller button prompts
Cursor detection

Mouse sensitivity

Set mouse sensitivity[14]
  1. Go to the configuration files location.
  2. Open Input.ini.
  3. Add the following lines, changing the Sensitivity values on the MouseX and MouseY Axes as desired:
Adding the Mouse Axes without the Gamepad Axes disables both controller joysticks in gameplay, and the player character will slowly move on their own unless these Axes are added to set their deadzone above 0.


Audio Settings
Audio Settings

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Only "main volume" and "menu music" sliders.
Surround sound
Polls setting from the OS. "Configure Speakers" for the primary output device to change surround sound options. 5.1 SL/SR and RL/RR options output sound correctly.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Royalty free audio


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Only Canadian English available.
Simplified Chinese
Traditional Chinese
Advertised but not available. Removed on patch 3.5.0.
Brazilian Portuguese
Latin American Spanish
Advertised but not available. Removed on patch 3.5.0.


"Play as Killer" and "Play as Survivor" will affect ranks; custom games won't.

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
LAN play
Online play
5 Versus
Player vs. bot also available.
Asynchronous multiplayer

Connection types

Type Native Notes
Was used before the switch to dedicated servers.
Since October 2019.[15]
Direct IP

Issues Unresolved

Shader compilation stutter

The game suffers from severe shader compilation related stutters during gameplay, this occurs whenever a new effect is displayed and thus whenever a new shader has to be compiled.[16][17]

Other information

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 11, 12 DirectX 12 is used on the Microsoft Store version of the game. See the section above on how to enable it for other versions.
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes


Middleware Notes
Physics PhysX 3.3 with APEX 1.3
Audio Wwise
Interface Scaleform
Multiplayer Steamworks
Anti-cheat Easy Anti-Cheat [18]

System requirements

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 10
Processor (CPU) Intel Core i3-4170
AMD FX-8120
System memory (RAM) 8 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 50 GB
Video card (GPU) NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460
AMD Radeon HD 6850
1 GB of VRAM
DirectX 11 compatible
Sound (audio device) DirectX 11 compatible
Other Broadband Internet connection

With these requirements, it is recommended that the game is played on Low quality settings.
A 64-bit operating system is required.


  1. Unreal Engine 4 engine build: (as of patch 5.7.2)[1]
  2. File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/381210/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (381210) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.


  1. Verified by User:Bread store manager on 2023-07-15
  2. Gold Edition EGS - last accessed on 2024-01-30
  3. Reddit post detailing the 4K fix. - last accessed on 2022-01-09
  4. 7.5.0 Alan Wake - last accessed on 2024-01-30
  5. Verified by User:Rose on 2021-08-04
    Removed GameUserSettings.ini and ran the game, resulting in it defaulting to borderless (FullscreenMode=1 in the file) and remaining as such after fullscreen was switched off and on.
  6. window borderless - last accessed on 2021-08-04
  7. 7.2.0 Alien - last accessed on 2023-09-11
  8. 7.4.0 Chucky - last accessed on 2023-11-29
  9. 7.2.0 Alien - last accessed on 2023-09-11
  10. 7.2.0 Alien - last accessed on 2023-09-11
  11. Verified by User:Rose on 2020-01-29
    Successfully forced 2560x1440 at 2560x1080.
  12. Smoothness difference between DX11 and DX12 in Dead By Daylight - Accesed on 2023-04-25.
  13. Verified by User:Tiagoquix on 2023-07-25
  14. Steam Guides - last accessed on 2020-11-28
  15. Feedback | Dedicated servers live test - last accessed on 2023-03-31
  16. Verified by User:Faust8 on 2023-10-29
    Tested by switching to dx12, back to dx11 and gpu driver update.
  17. Stutter in Steam discussions - last accessed on 2023-10-29
  18. Easy Anti-Cheat (Behaviour Interactive)