Fans of video games and early 2000s horror rejoice! Behaviour Interactive’s Dead By Daylight series, well-known for its cast of critically acclaimed horror icons from Michael Myers to Freddy Krueger, has made it clear that they’re not finished adding to the roster just yet. Behaviour has recently announced a new chapter coming in March 2022 based on the terrifying Ringu series (also known by its 2002 Western film adaptation, The Ring).
Behaviour has teamed up with Japanese entertainment editor and publisher Kadokawa to bring the Ringu series into the realm of Dead By Daylight. “The importance of the Ringu franchise in Japan, and its influence on culture around the world are undeniable. To be given the opportunity to dive into that legendary story as we bring this creation into Dead by Daylight is an immense honor”, says Dead By Daylight game director Mathieu Côté in a news release. “This new Chapter will give our players something intensely dark and troubling, a real heart-pounding experience that adds to the already high intensity of our game.”
For those unfamiliar, Ringu is the story of a malevolent entity named Sadako who targets her victims through a cursed videotape. Upon watching the tape, the unfortunate viewers begin experiencing hauntings from Sadako for one week before she emerges from a well featured within the tape, climbs out of the TV, and kills her prey. Originally based on a novel published in 1991, the film series has spawned countless sequels and adaptations.
While no specific characters are revealed in the newly released teaser from Behaviour, the iconic well from the cursed videotape does appear before cutting out abruptly and revealing that the 23rd chapter of Dead By Daylight will be based on the original Ringu story. “We are very excited about the collaboration with Behaviour Interactive and the Dead by Daylight team. We’ll be sending one of our most haunting characters into the Fog to pour down horrors that will rival all the great predecessors”, says Kadokawa producer Reiko Imayasu. “Fans should beware of their heart; this deadly newcomer will definitely strike them, and they will tremble with fear whilst they wait.”
While there aren’t many explicit details about what this chapter will hold just yet, as with typical new Dead By Daylight chapters, fans can likely expect at least one new Killer and one new Survivor from the Ringu series to be added to the game, as well as a potential new map. Our money would be on Sadako being the new Killer, but the new Survivor is anyone’s guess!