The popular 4-vs-1 multiplayer survival horror game Dead by Daylight is getting its own NFT Collection. Unfortunately, fans are not pleased, citing environmental concerns and security issues.
Leading the charge is Boss Protocol which has the official license to create NFTs based on the Hellraiser Chapter using the in-game models created for Dead by Daylight. The company also worked with Boss Team Games, which controls certain interactive rights to Hellraiser from Park Avenue Entertainment. In addition, they worked with Behaviour Interactive to bring Hellraiser and Pinhead to Dead by Daylight.
Dead by Daylight’s Controversial NFT Drop
The controversy all started when the game confirmed the release of the NFT Collection via Twitter. The tweet reads, “Behaviour worked with Boss Protocol over several months to adapt in-game models for use as NFTs and approved them prior to the release of Pinhead in DbD. The NFTs have a chance to grant access to the Hell Raiser Chapter of DbD.”
The official description is raising eyebrows because there seems to be no utility for the NFT. The Pinhead NFT grants “a chance” to access the Hellraiser chapter of Dead by Daylight—though it’s not guaranteed, which is bizarre. Moreover, the NFT does not give you any kind of copyright claim.
Furthermore, based on the FAQ section of Boss Protocol, no game content will be locked behind the NFT. Essentially, the NFTs are purely Collectibles and have added benefits like rewarding certain owners with signed collectibles. However, the company asserts that they will reveal and deliver other benefits in the future.
Another aspect that critics are pointing out is how the NFTs will not unlock the voice of Doug Bradley in the Hellraiser chapter of DbD. Bradley played the lead Cenobite “Pinhead” in the Hellraiser film series, which would have been a nice benefit.
Reception So Far
As soon as the announcement hit the internet, the game received backlash from fans. Even former developer @McLean_Yep expressed his disappointment. Other fans also pointed out that the carbon footprint of minting NFTs is extremely detrimental to the environment.
At this point, it is still unclear whether Behaviour Interactive had a say in the matter. So the subreddit has since turned into a messy back-and-forth full of people who can’t decide if Behaviour should or should not catch some of the heat for what’s ultimately become of its models. There’s also a lot of anger over on Twitter arguing Behaviour should have warned its players earlier, so they could have chosen to pass on the collaboration.
What’s interesting is how Behaviour Interactive is trying to distance itself from the whole NFT situation. The company tweeted, “When we work with our licensing partners, we provide them with in-game models as well as Chapter keys. They are free to use these however they see fit as the rightful owners of these characters.”
The community usually welcomes NFT crossovers with enthusiasm. So the current situation of Dead by Daylight is a reminder that NFTs are not for everyone. IPs and franchises can’t just ride on the wave!