Dead by Daylight To Lose Leatherface ‘Survivor Mask’ cosmetics after harassment in the game

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Death by daylight developer Behavior Interactive has announced that the next update to the game will remove the possibility that Leatherface players may carry the face of their victims’ character following reports from players of targeted racist harassment.

The game – an asymmetrical horror title that pits ‘surviving’ characters against some of Hollywood’s most notorious serial killers – features Leatherface (AKA: “The Cannibal”) from The chainsaw massacre in Texas. Like his film counterpart, Leatherface is capable of ‘carrying’ the skin of its victims, and it is this feature that has caused problems.

One of the game’s surviving characters, Claudette Morel, is a black woman, and Dead by Daylight players have reported that this specific mask is being used to target them for harassment. (You can see this issue being discussed in this video, which some viewers may find disturbing and contains strong language.)

In a recent developer update, Behavior Interactive explained the reasons for the removal of the option:

For those who may not know, The Cannibal can unlock the faces of the four original Survivors by sacrificing them 25 times.

Members of the community have shared their experiences with people who target and harass them while wearing some of these masks. These reports were discouraging to hear and we absolutely condemn this behavior. We are not comfortable with having these masks in the game when used as a tool to spread hatred. To that end, we’ll remove The Cannibals’ unlockable faces in this upcoming Mid-Chapter.

Anyone who has ever played The Cannibal at the release of the Mid-Chapter update will be awarded 6,000 Iridescent Shards to compensate for their removal.

We will not tolerate hateful activity and will continue to take all necessary steps to protect society.

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