Dead by Daylight is officially removing the Hawkins National Laboratory map, as well as survivors Steve and Nancy, and killer Demogorgon from the game.
This news comes as a shock for players, as the release of the Stranger Things chapter in 2019 was one of the biggest and positively received surprises in the game’s history. It also marks the very first instance of a chapter being straight-up nuked from existence and begs the question of whether or not this means the game has one less chapter now, or if it will be ‘business as usual.’
The reveal that Dead by Daylight will be removing content like the Hawkins map comes from an announcement on the game’s official website.
“[…] After two years filled with more brutal kills and last-second escapes than we can count courtesy of The Demogorgon, Nancy Wheeler, and Steve Harrington, November 17, 2021, will mark the last occasion for fans to purchase Stranger Things content in Dead by Daylight.” The announcement reveals.
A sale on Stranger Things content – including the characters, as well as their cosmetics – up until the November 17th date will occur. After that, no more content for the Stranger Things characters will be available to purchase. As for those who’ve already brought the Stranger Things chapter, don’t worry about a thing, because you’ll still be able to play with these characters until the end of time. That’s why if you haven’t brought the game already, Dead by Daylight is encouraging you to make that purchase now!
Other changes announced will be that Steve, Nancy and Demogorgon’s perks will still remain in the game after November, but the art style will be altered slightly.
We reached out to Behaviour Interactive to get more clarification about why the chapter has been revoked. A PR spokesperson for the company stated that “as with all live-service games, frequent updates, additions, and the occasional change are to be expected. With Stranger Things, our focus continues to be ensuring the legacy of these characters within our game for fans who have or will purchase them by 11/17.”