Dead by Daylight has just initiated cross-play for its players, allowing players from PC, PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch to all be matched together when looking for games. This is a major change as players used to be isolated to their respective platforms. So, what does this drastic change mean for Dead by Daylight?
Everyone knows that the differences between playing on PC and console are considerable. Using mouse and keyboard is recognized as being the best, most pinpoint-accurate way to play. Meanwhile, console games often need to be programmed with aim assist to help with the inaccuracy of controllers.
Well, for the Survivor side there is practically no difference between playing on PC and playing on console. Survivors do not have to make precise movements at all. They have basic controls, and are simple to play on all platforms.
Killers on the other hand do face a challenge, as PC Killers will have an easier time than console Killers. This is more true for Killers that require precise aim, such as Nurse and Huntress. Nurse is basically not played at all on console, due to how difficult it is to use her ability with a controller.
All this should not pose much of an issue, though since Killers are never put against each other. Console players will continue to play the same Killers they always have. Since Survivors on PC and console are at an even playing field, there should be no major issues for console Killers.
I think the console Survivors are going to be the ones who will need the most time to adjust. Remember how I said Nurse is never played on console? Well, she is played all the time on PC, so for the first time ever console Survivors will have to learn how to deal with her. And she is not an easy Killer to go against since she is all about predicting Survivor movements. It will definitely take console Survivors a while to be able to successfully escape from such a powerful Killer that they have never had to deal with.
This brings up my main point, which is that merging all the platforms together was a great idea. Dead by Daylight will now have better Killer diversity. Survivors do get bored of going against the same top tier Killers constantly, and crossplay will add variation to the mix. We will have console players who will diversify the Killer pool. Plus console Survivors in Dead by Daylight can finally experience playing against Killers that no one ever wanted to play on console since they were too difficult to learn.
Before crossplay was enabled, Dead by Daylight was facing a huge problem with matchmaking. Killers would have long wait times on all platforms, as would Survivors although less often. This was due to many reasons. Mainly the lack of high rank Killers to be paired with high rank Survivors, as well as a lack of low rank Killers and low rank Survivors.
As a result, often matchmaking would put high rank Killers against mid rank Survivors, forcing players into a game with any rank after enough time had passed. You had to wait a while in queue, and then you could still get stuck in an unfair game.
Now this problem in Dead by Daylight is being addressed with the initiation of crossplay. Players on both sides have been finding matches basically instantly since crossplay was enabled, making for more even match-ups and a much better player experience.
What makes crossplay even better is that Survivors can group up across platforms. So if a PC player has a PS4 friend, they can finally play the game together. This also opens up a lot of opportunities for content creators and Twitch streamers, since they can now do Survive with Friends, or custom games, with any of their viewers not just on one platform. I can even see players creating cross-platform teams for community hosted Dead by Daylight tournaments.
Behaviour has definitely made a good choice by enabling crossplay for Dead by Daylight. By combining the player base together matchmaking will be much better and players can have fun with all their friends. This will definitely help the game’s longevity as players are more likely to continue playing if they can find games fast and have even matches. Having crossplay will also even out the meta game, so it will be the same on all platforms.