Dead by Daylight has collaborated with many horror franchises (such as Hellraiser, Silent Hill, or Resident Evil) in the past, so seeing The Ring join isn’t much of a surprise.
The new collaboration is based on the 1998 Japanese movie (thus the name Ringu and not The Ring, the 2002 American adaptation) and the original novel from 1991 by Kōji Suzuki. Behaviour Interactive is yet to reveal the Ringu-based killer and survivor, but the former will likely be Sadako Yamamura, the iconic girl ghost. So, a Far Eastern survival horror experience sounds exciting, as there has been a distinct lack of that recently.
Here’s Behaviour’s overview: “An essential piece of horror history is joining Dead by Daylight’s expansive roster. Prepare for Ringu to spread its curse across The Fog, with a new Chapter inspired by Kōji Suzuki’s novel and the original Japanese acclaimed film adaptation. Kōji Suzuki’s Ring, initially published in 1991, began the haunting story of a spreading curse and its doomed victims. In 1998, the novel was adapted into a Japanese feature film of the same name (widely known as Ringu to North American audiences), instantly adding a new presence into the pantheon of cinematic horror icons.
The premise alone is chilling. A video that, upon viewing, promises death in seven days. A disturbing fate, worsened by the contorted faces of the victims. The global influence of this Japanese franchise remains undeniable, and we’re thrilled to celebrate its induction into the horror Hall of Fame that is Dead by Daylight. Suffice it to say, stepping into the eerie and melancholic world of Ringu opens the door for countless exciting possibilities. Alas, you’ll have to wait a little longer than seven days for more info on Dead by Daylight’s upcoming chapter – but don’t let that stop your imagination from running wild. “Well, the only thing I can say is that this new chapter will leave a mark,” teases Creative Director Dave Richard. “A real heart-pounding experience. Tell a friend, or else…”,” the publisher wrote.
The new chapter will arrive in March for the game available on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series, PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Google Stadia, iOS, and Android.