Dead by Daylight Receives January 2022 Developer Update, Details Improved Solo Survivor & Further Perk/Add-On Changes

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The Trapper killer in Dead by Daylight.

Dead by Daylight still has as loyal of a fanbase as ever, with the game still brining out new content and seeing success despite having been released back in 2016. On January 3rd, the games developers – Behaviour Interactive – shared a rather lengthy developer update, announcing a few changes that they have planned for the asymmetrical horror title.

It won't be long before we see Chapter 23 of Dead by Daylight go live, but there are a few changes that we'll be seeing before Ringu comes to the game. We've gone through the most important parts of the developer update (parts one and two) below.

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Patch Optimisation Plans

Essentially, Dead by Daylight patches happen regularly. When you're ready to jump into a lobby with friends, waiting an additional amount of time for a patch you didn't prepare for isn't ideal. BHVR have been thinking about this, and are looking to compress their patches and reduce the time they take to install.

The grade/rank system within Dead by Daylight.
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Matchmaking Optimisation Plans

Matchmaking and trying to make it both optimised, balanced, and fast has been one of BHVR's biggest tasks. We're a couple of months into using Skill Based Matchmaking now, but BHVR have further plans to improve this. This includes the likes of backfill improvements, disconnection handling, improving the impact of extended breaks from the game, and further general improvements.

Solo Survivor Experience Improvements

Since SBMM was introduced, BHVR have noticed the impact that is made between playing as a solo survivor or playing with a group. They've concluded that the difference in escape rates is up to 15% between the two, so as you may expect, they're looking to improve the game for solo survivors.

One feature we are experimenting with is a status icon next to each Survivor’s portrait in the HUD that lets you know what they are doing. This way, solo Survivors can base their decision around what their teammates are doing, and partial groups get a better idea of their solo teammates’ contributions, making everyone feel like more of a team. This is something that can already be easily conveyed with a quick callout over voice chat, but is currently not available to solo Survivors.
Nea Karlsson survivor powering the exit gates in Dead by Daylight.
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New Betas Tab

BHVR are bringing Dead by Daylight players a chance to play with experimental features without installing the PTB each time; this is by using the betas tab. The betas tab can be accessed via settings and players can choose whether they want to opt in or out of such features. The tab will also be available on console, and Bloodpoints will be awarded to those who opt in!

Wiggle Mechanic Changes

The first thing you'll find under the new Betas Tab is changes to the wiggling mechanic. Instead of wiggling ferociously using your keyboard or controller, players will now be required to complete skill checks instead while they're being carried to the hook.

Survivor Feng Min being chased by killer The Blight in Dead by Daylight.
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Toggle Interactions

Another mechanic - Toggle Interactions - is being implemented by BHVR to make the game more accessible for players and prevent us from holding buttons for what feels like forever. This can be enabled in the games settings, and instead of holding a button for a prolonged amount of time, players will now be able to toggle on/off various actions.

Leatherface Masks

To put the issue regarding The Cannibal's masks simply, one of the masks was being used in a hateful manner by players, so has since been removed by BHVR. This is what the team had to say regarding the matter:

Members of the community have shared their experiences with people targeting and harassing them while using some of these masks. These reports were disheartening to hear, and we absolutely condemn this behaviour. We are not comfortable having these masks in the game when they are used as a tool to spread hate. To that end, we will be removing The Cannibal’s unlockable faces in this upcoming Mid-Chapter.
Dead by Daylight's The Cannibal Killer, also known as Leatherface or Bubba.
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Grade Rewards Revisited

Matchmaking and the various changes and trials it has faced has been a continuous discussion for the community. Once again, BHVR have realised that the rewards for their grade system haven't been as fitting as they'd hoped, and are now increasing the rewards as of January 13th, with new rewards going out on February 13th.

Add-On Updates

After updating various add-ons in the previous mid-chapter update, BHVR have been delighted to see positive feedback regarding the changes made, and have thus decided to make more changes.

Changes have specifically been made to Killer add-ons, impacting The Blight, The Cannibal, The Pig, The Clown, The Twins, The Oni, The Huntress, and The Nemesis.

Survivor Claudette Morel faces killer The Trapper in Dead by Daylight.
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Perk Updates

As with every developer update, there's going to be a few alterations to player perks again. The changes will affect the following perks, and you can explore how by checking out part two of the developer update.

  • Boil Over
  • Distortion
  • Remember Me
  • Wake Up
  • Gearhead
  • Power Struggle
  • Buckle Up
  • Coup de Grace
  • Furtive Chase
  • Dead Man's Switch

There you have it. That's all the developer notes for Dead by Daylight of January 3rd 2022 explained and summarised. For the full details of the developer update, check out parts one and two of it via the DBD forums.

As with every large update, we're more excited for some changes than others; specifically, the changes to the wiggle mechanic are welcomed. For more on Dead by Daylight, check out our favourite killer perks and survivor perks, both ranked.

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