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DBD’s new co-op shooter spinoff Project T already looks amazing

Get your first look at Project T, a brand-new co-op shooter set in the world of Dead by Daylight, and you might be able to play it early.

Project T Insider Program: An image of a Trespasser in Project T.

With so many crossovers and deep lore to pull from in the Dead by Daylight universe, the prospect of the mysterious Project T is even more exciting. The upcoming co-op shooter is in development at Behavior Interactive’s Seattle studio Midwinter Entertainment, and now, we’ve got a fresh look of the game’s harrowing world. And if you like what you see, you can sign up to be part of the Project T Insider Program.

Dead by Daylight players appear to be in for a real treat with upcoming horror game Project T. In a recent statement from Midwinter, the studio says “the team is opening its doors with an exclusive Insider Program offering the gaming community the opportunity to craft this unique experience alongside them.” Chosen participants will have the opportunity to receive “exclusive previews and in-game rewards”, as well as the chance to “join closed playtests and share their early feedback with the development team.”

Project T is taking a different approach to its asymmetric multiplayer game cousin, though. Midwinter is putting the focus on PvE combat, with players taking on the mantle of ‘Trespassers’, a set of grizzled characters who are pulled from their respective worlds into The Entity’s Realm. DBD fans will recognize The Entity itself as a non-playable force in the game’s lore, moving between dimensions to create endless loops of death in killing grounds. With each loop that passes, The Entity feeds upon the distress of its victims, gaining power to consume worlds in the process.

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With that in mind, all manner of horrors are awaiting players. Players will fight to survive in The Backwater, a terrifying “home to horrific monstrosities known as The Thrall.” Like the ever-growing roster of killers in Dead by Daylight, The Thrall is equipped with “different deadly abilities”, and will take on multiple forms to strike fear into the heart of the player. Success will depend on if your ragtag squad of Trespassers can defeat The Thrall with “every weapon at their disposal.”

While the terrifying co-op game is still in the early stages of development, the studio promises that players “won’t have long to wait for more development news” as the Insider Program launches. Artistic director Risa Taneda describes Project T’s open world game-style approach as an “ever-changing landscape, which offers a lot of possibilities gameplay-wise.” Early gameplay depicts vehicles for you and your squad to commandeer, conceptual art for evolving weather states, and fierce foes ready to stop you in your tracks.

While it will of course be aesthetically different, it doesn’t sound too dissimilar to one of the best PS5 games, Helldivers 2 – and I’m all for it. I’ll be curious to see how Project T weaves itself into Dead by Daylight in a crossover sense, as there’s plenty of scope for the two games to yield some exciting in-game events.

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