January 25, 2022

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Dead By Daylight removes Leatherface masks due to harassment

Behaviour Interactive will remove specific cosmetics following widespread reports of racist harassment in Dead By Daylight

The Cannibal, better known as Leatherface from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, is one of Dead By Daylight’s  many playable killers. Like in the 1974 film, Leatherface can wear the faces of his victims as a cosmetic, or at least he can with the original four survivor characters after completing specific challenges. One of these survivors is an African American woman named Claudette Morel. 

Many Dead by Daylight  community members have been outspoken about this particular cosmetic as it closely resembles  blackface, and lots of African American players allegedly experience racist harassment  from Leatherface players wearing this cosmetic.

Now, developer Behaviour Interactive  is addressing the problem in an update.

“Members of the community have shared their experiences with people targeting and harassing them while using some of these masks, Behaviour Interactive said  in a statement. “These reports were disheartening to hear, and we absolutely condemn this behaviour. We are not comfortable having these masks in the game when they are used as a tool to spread hate. To that end, we will be removing The Cannibal’s unlockable faces in this upcoming Mid-Chapter.”

Most Dead by Daylight  fans are pretty happy about the removal of these cosmetics.

There’s no date on when this update will go live, but it should be within the next few weeks or so.

Written by Kyle Campbell on behalf of GLHF.