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Dead by Daylight and Resident Evil Team Up to Break Both Games' Player Count Records on Steam

Turns Out Capcom Just Needed to Add Their Characters to Another Franchise to Have a Hit Resident Evil Multiplayer Game

June 15, 2021 by

After three unsuccessful attempts (soon to be four with Resident Evil Re:Verse already in trouble and delayed), Capcom have finally found a way to make a popular Resident Evil multiplayer game… and this time they didn’t even have to make a new game… or even do it themselves.

Today, Dead by Daylight released its biggest and most successful update yet, a $12 expansion that adds Resident Evil’s iconic Raccoon City Police Station map and playable characters Leon Kennedy, Jill Valentine, and Nemesis to the popular 4 vs 1 asymmetrical multiplayer horror game.

Originally released in 2016, this isn’t the first time Dead by Daylight has done a crossover with previous DLC including Silent Hill, Stranger Things, Halloween, Nightmare on Elm Street, and many more iconic killers.

But today’s big DBD update surpassed anything Behaviour Interactive has done before with other horror franchises — setting a new all-time peak for the game with 95k concurrent players.

Falling just short of topping the Resident Evil franchise’s own all-time peak of 107k players set last month by Village, Dead by Daylight’s new Resident Evil chapter absolutely crushed all of Capcom’s previous attempts at RE multiplayer games such as Operation Raccoon City’s 500-player peak in 2013, Umbrella Corps400-player peak in 2016, and Resistance’s 4,000-player peak last year.

And with some help from one of the most active player bases on Steam, Nemesis’ debut in Dead by Daylight even topped his comeback in last year’s singleplayer Resident Evil 3 remake from Capcom, which peaked with just 59k players.

Having little competition from other 4 vs 1 multiplayer games after legal troubles and various other issues lead to the demise of Evolve and Friday the 13th, Dead by Daylight‘s player base has continued to grow year-over-year unchallenged on Steam.

Saber Interactive’s upcoming Evil Dead game that just debuted gameplay at E3 2021 looks to offer 4 vs 1 multiplayer fans something new later this year, but with an army of killers and so many players already so heavily invested, Dead by Daylight looks like it’ll be staying at the top of Steam for a while as the developers keep adding new content.