Dead by Daylight studio’s new game is a “build and raid” FPS

Dead in broad daylight (opens in a new tab) Studio Behavior Interactive has unveiled a new “first-person building and raiding game” called Meet Your Maker that challenges players to build and plunder sprawling, fortified outposts in the gruesome wasteland of the future.

The Earth is dying, you see, and rather than addressing the root causes (this already doesn’t sound like fiction), the overlords of mankind have decided that the thing to do is to create an artificial being called the Chimera, who will somehow save what little life remains on the planet. But for that to happen, the Chimera must evolve, and to evolve, it needs pure genetic material. It’s there that you intervene.

Using a system of customizable digital building blocks, players will create their own unique outposts and fill them with traps and guards whose behaviors are controlled by a simple AI recording system. These towering post-apocalyptic outposts are where you’ll mine and protect that soft, sweet genetic material – GenMat, in gaming parlance. But of course, survival is a zero-sum game – for me to live , you have to die, or something – and so in addition to feeding your own GenMat, you also have to go out and steal everyone else’s and smash some of their stuff while you’re at it.

Building and raiding in Meet Your Maker can be done solo or in teams of two. Raids are entirely asynchronous, but the built-in logging system will allow players to see attacks on their outposts in full, and iterate their bases and modify their guards in response. In addition to the genetic material required to upgrade your Chimera, successful raids will also grant new building resources and upgrades, allowing for more (and more dangerous) base-building options.

“The game is built on UGC [user-generated content] and creates deep social bonds whether you play solo or co-op,” said creative director Ash Pannell. “As a builder, share your meticulously constructed Outpost and watch other players battle them through our replay system. It never gets old watching others die. You will reap rewards and learn to strengthen your creation. As a raider, you will try, die, try again, and eventually gain the knowledge necessary to mine this Genmat and emerge victorious. Either way, it’s very entertaining and always fun to watch.”

Meet Your Maker is set to launch in 2023, but the first closed playtest is set to start much earlier, on August 23. If you want to check it out for yourself, you can register to participate at meetyourmakergame.com (opens in a new tab).

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