Thanks everyone who pointed out the news today: “On November 17th the gate to the Upside Down will close and the Underground Complex Map will be sealed off permanently to players in Dead by Daylight,” opens the team’s announcement. In addition, “the characters of The Demogorgon, Nancy Wheeler, and Steve Harrington will no longer be available for purchase in Dead by Daylight”. This change applies to all versions of the game on PC, mobile, consoles, and wherever Google Stadia fits into things.
Although unconfirmed by the team, the removal of the content is most likely due to expired licensing of the Stranger Things property. Discounts are being offered on the content starting August 18th and ending early in September except for the three playable characters which you can buy all the way up to November 17th. The team’s announcement was accompanied by a lengthy FAQ that lays out the details. The most important excerpts and discount details follow:
Why will Stranger Things content not be available for purchase after November 17th at 2PM EST?
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 purchased them or plan to do so by November 17th at 2 PM EST. With the exception of the Hawkins National Laboratory, all Stranger Things content surrounding Nancy, Steve, and The Demogorgon will remain part of the Dead by Daylight experience.
If I own the Stranger Things Chapter or individual characters, will I still be able to play with the characters after the removal?
With the exception of the Hawkins National Laboratory Map, all Stranger Things content including characters, outfits, and perks will remain playable if purchased before November 17th at 2 PM EST. Nancy Wheeler, Steve Harrington, and The Demogorgon will continue to be part of the Dead by Daylight experience for all players. We invite fans who have yet to purchase these characters and cosmetics to do so before November 17th at 2 PM EST and ensure themselves ongoing access to this content moving forward!
What will happen with the perks/shrine/add-ons?
All perks, teachable perks and add-ons related to the Stranger Things characters will continue to be earnable/unlockable in those characters’ Bloodwebs. The Daily Rituals will also still be available for players who own the Stranger Things characters. Info on teachable perks & shrine in below question.
What about achievements?
You don’t lose your progress on the characters that you already own. The Achievements will be made generic (so not specific to Stranger Things), and if you already had completed the achievement, the achievement will be automatically unlocked for you.
What will happen to the teachable perks?
Teachable perks for Steve, Nancy, and The Demogorgon will remain available to earn on those characters for players who own them, with new versions of these teachables being made available in the Shrine of Secrets to all players. Any player who has already earned a teachable perk will continue to have it available to learn on their other characters.
DLC Sale – August 18th to September 1st
- Steam: 60% off ST DLC + 50% ST Edition
- PlayStation: 60% off ST DLC + 50% ST Edition
- Xbox: 60% off ST DLC + 50% ST Edition
- Stadia: 60% off ST DLC + 50% ST Edition
- Nintendo Switch: 60% off ST DLC
In-game cosmetic sale – August 18th to September 8th
- The Demogorgon – All outfits
- Steve Harrington – All outfits
- Nancy Wheeler – All outfits
Character Sale – August 18th to November 17th
- Steve, Nancy and Demogorgon