Nicolas Cage is coming to Dead by Daylight, don't ask why

Nicolas Cage in Dead by Daylight.
(Image credit: Behaviour Interactive)

Hollywood megastar and extremely intense individual Nicolas Cage is coming to Dead by Daylight. Up until now the game has regularly added famous movie killers and various characters from other games, but I think this is the first time it's added a real person. The announcement comes with a short trailer which gives a look at his in-game character model. Which looks a lot like Nicolas Cage.

"There is nothing more powerful than imagination," Cage solemnly intones over the trailer. "We can shape the fabric of reality, transforming everything you may think you know." That could hint at Cage's character bringing some sort of new element to the game, or it may just be a spooky line and Cage is a survivor skin. Then again, if there were a Hollywood superstar that I bet could probably murder four people in an abandoned yard…

This has the slight whiff of a rushed announcement: the news seems to have leaked out somewhere this morning, though I'm not sure of the origin.

Things are going very smoothly otherwise for developer Behaviour Interactive. Last year it announced Dead by Daylight has reached over 50 million players (and this is a paid-for game), it's got a boardgame adaptation, and somewhat inevitably it's going to become a horror movie. This year's also seen a rare misstep, as the game introduced a new healing system that got such player blowback it was quickly removed entirely. Players could, at least, console themselves with the jokey Dead by Daylight dating sim that has no business being as good as it is: Though in concert with this news, one has to wonder if it'll add a Nicolas Cage DLC and, if not, why not.

Rich Stanton

Rich is a games journalist with 15 years' experience, beginning his career on Edge magazine before working for a wide range of outlets, including Ars Technica, Eurogamer, GamesRadar+, Gamespot, the Guardian, IGN, the New Statesman, Polygon, and Vice. He was the editor of Kotaku UK, the UK arm of Kotaku, for three years before joining PC Gamer. He is the author of a Brief History of Video Games, a full history of the medium, which the Midwest Book Review described as "[a] must-read for serious minded game historians and curious video game connoisseurs alike."