On the surface Dead by Daylight may not seem like the type of game that would bring in an LGBTQ+ following – after all, it’s a game about ferocious killers tracking down and slaughtering innocent survivors. However, the culture and community around this asymmetrical horror game are LGBTQ+ and today, the trans community of Dead by Daylight has come together to celebrate Trans Day of Visibility.
In a video addressed to Behavior Interactive, put together by Dead by Daylight creator Jane, the trans community surrounding the game speaks out on what makes the game so meaningful to them, and why LGBTQ+ representation is important.
Those spotlighted talked about their own experience being trans and how that has affected their time with Dead by Daylight – both the good and the bad.
“I’ve been playing Dead by Daylight since 2016, and it’s led to wonderful friendships and hilarious memories,” Calixander92, a player and content creator, said. They went on to explain how they felt when the rainbow charm was first released. “It felt like Dead by Daylight was stepping up to the plate and supporting the queer community. But…a rainbow charm isn’t going to cut it…”
“Right now, trans people haven’t been in the public eye more, and sadly nearly all of it is negative. We need to drown out that negativity by showing support. […] It’s not enough for people to know that trans people exist, we need to give the world examples – role models, people they can approach.”
Mathieu Côté, game director of Dead by Daylight, has answered the video with a simple “I see you” – seemingly acknowledging that the trans inclusion that fans and content creators are looking for is something they are aware of.
Dead by Daylight has acknowledged its importance to the LGBTQ+ community in the past, and in our own interview with the game director, they have made it clear that the stories they want to tell with LGBTQ+ survivors must not make their stories stereotypical, “but ‘compelling’ and ‘realistic.” It’s this reason for why the team is currently working with GaymerX – to create queer stories that will resonate with the game’s queer audience.
With Pride Month getting closer and closer, will the team at Behaviour Interactive reveal their LGBTQ+ survivor anytime soon? Only time will tell.
In the meantime, check out the full video from trans creators and players celebrating Trans Day of Visibility.