Though Behaviour Interactive’s asymmetrical survival horror game Dead by Daylight has been around since June 2016, it has often been compared to another, more recent title of the same genre: Gun Media’s Friday the 13th: The Game, which features the terrifying Jason Vorhees. In order to keep the title separate from its competition, the Dead by Daylight creative team chose to add in other famous on-screen killers like Halloween‘s Michael Myers. And now, it appears that the frightful Freddy Krueger could be joining that roster.
Recent data-mined info, posted onto the Dead by Daylight Steam forum, indicates that Freddy Krueger of the Nightmare on Elm Street series will be added to the game in an upcoming DLC pack. The original forum post details the information dug up in the data mine, including the apparent nickname “the Sandman” used to describe Freddy.
The post also notes that Freddy/the Sandman will have a clawed glove weapon and an ability called Dreammaster, which would make sense given Freddy’s unique killing-within-a-dream ability as seen in the movie series. Additionally, the potential Dead by Daylight DLC will include a survivor named Kate Denson, though no additional information on her has been given as of yet.
Beyond the text descriptions of Freddy, miners extracted sound files from Dead by Daylight, the most important of which is the tenth file that contains a small bit of the iconic Freddy Krueger song, “One, Two, Freddy’s Coming for You.” Judging by sound alone, it seems that a young girl is hum-singing the tune, which is an adaptation of the children’s nursery rhyme,”One, Two, Buckle My Shoe.” Check out the clip below to hear the sound file.
For those not familiar with the iconic villain, Freddy Krueger masqueraded as a run-of-the-mill, suburban family man during the day, but acted as Springwood Slasher come nightfall, creeping up on unsuspecting victims and ending their life. When the justice system failed to punish Freddy for his heinous crimes, the family of his victims chose to burn him alive (hence his melted-away skin).
Instead of falling to death, Freddy transformed into a Dream Demon with the ability to enter his victims’ nightmares and kill them from within, making him vastly more foreboding. Those whom he killed in his labyrinth of nightmares, using his metal-clawed brown leather glove, also died in real life. After they perished, Freddy claimed their souls to boost his power.
The clawed glove weapon and Dreammaster ability as described in the data-mined information seamlessly aligns with the core details in the Freddy Krueger lore, and when taking the soundbyte into consideration, it seems all but inevitable that the cinematic serial killer will join the Dead by Daylight mix. And with the chainsaw-wielding killer Leatherface and the madman Michael Myers having already made their appearances, it’s only a matter of time before Freddy jumps out of our nightmares and into our games.
Dead by Daylight is out now for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.