On the eve of its 60thth anniversary – and a few days before the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia – the video game saga Dead by Daylight adopts the colors of the rainbow. Survivor David King blows the closet door flying, becoming the first gay character in the game's history.
“The LGBT community is very important. Feeling supported, feeling that you can express yourself freely, these are things that all humans should have access to. It's very important to us,” says Dave Richard, creative director at Behavior Interactif, the Montreal studio behind Dead by Daylight.
But what is Dead by Daylight?
It is about a multiplayer, asymmetrical horror game created from scratch by the Montreal studio Behavior Interactif. Players can choose their clan (killer or survivor) to play cat and mouse in creepy and threatening environments from which potential victims must escape.
Since its launch in 2016, < em>Dead by Daylighthas become host to some of horror's greatest icons, welcoming bogeymen like Michael Myers, Freddy Krueger, Leatherface and Ghostface to its ranks. The pool of survivors includes the Laurie Strode, Ash Williams and other Cheryl Masons of this world.
“Taking the time”
There For a while now, the Montreal studio has been trying to deviate from the heteronormative narrative framework in certain chapters and volumes of its Dead by Daylight. It was enough to find the ideal context to do it, as well as to “take the necessary time” to do it as it should.
The firm GamerX, specialized in inclusion in the world video games, came to lend a hand to Behavior Interactif in this process.
“It took time. But we really wanted to be sure to create a complete story, not just to include a homosexual character for the principle, and immediately move on, ”says Dave Richard, promising in the same breath to continue to explore different similar avenues in the future. .
It is therefore in the new volume of the Dead by Daylight archives, entitled Devotion, that we discover more about the David King's past, including his personal conflicts over his sexual orientation. A former boyfriend is evoked, as well as the difficulty our hero once had in accepting his homosexuality.
Other than this portion of the story, the impact on the gameplay experience is minimal. Because no, David King has not been modified to sweat homosexuality. The approximately 50 million players of Dead by Daylight will therefore find the character as they have always known him.
“As in reality, whether you are heterosexual, bisexual or gay does not change anything. He does not change personality or look. We just wanted to add more content to its history and context,” says Dave Richard.
It This is not Behavior Interactive's first inclusion effort; the Montreal studio had already solidified its role as an ally to the LGBT community with the addition of a charm in the colors of pride, two years ago.
Other studios have also explored gay, lesbian and bisexual narratives in recent years. We need only think of The Last of Us Part II which gave its heroine a spouse, Mortal Kombat which (albeit discreetly) included a character homosexual in his stable, or even The Sims which allows players to choose the sexual orientation of its characters.
“In the future, it should become normality” , concludes Dave Richard. /em>, is currently available.