With less than a week to go before Halloween, video games are getting in to the spooky festive spirit by releasing Halloween-themed bonus content.
Multiplayer survival horror game Dead by Daylight is marking the occasion by shouting out John Carpenter's classic 1978 slasher flick Halloween. Dead by Daylight is a multiplayer horror game in which one player takes on the role of a killer and the other four play as survivors desperately attempting to escape a grisly fate.
Slasher and Survivor
This week, just before Halloween, new downloadable content will be released in the form of two new characters for Dead by Daylight - Michael Myers and Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis’ final girl).
Myers and Strode will be playable characters in the 'killer' and 'survivor' roles, respectively. The Halloween-themed DLC costs $6.99 and also presents a new environment in the form of the town of Haddonfield, Illinois from the 1978 film. No doubt movie fans will be keen on checking out how many movie easter eggs the developers will include in the scenario.
Myers first appears in John Carpenter's Halloween as a young boy who murders his older sister, then fifteen years later returns home to murder more teenagers. In the original Halloween, the adult Michael Myers, referred to as The Shape in the closing credits, was portrayed by Nick Castle for most of the film, with Tony Moran and Tommy Lee Wallace substituting in during the final scenes.
Myers has actually appeared in video games before, his first digital incarnation being in the rare 1983 Atari video game Halloween, in which the player controls a babysitter protecting children from the killer.
Myers will be the game’s fifth playable killer and comes with his own set of attributes based on the film events and the 'final girl' phenomenon, where he gains bonuses via an obsession with a single survivor, which he benefits from keeping alive until the time comes for the final kill.