Death by the light of day is an asymmetric online multiplayer game released in 2016. Yet the game is more popular than ever in 2021. And for the first time, Death by the light of day has just reached more than 100,000 simultaneous players on Steam, setting a new record for online horror gaming.
Released June 14, 2016, Death by the light of dayt has seen many updates and events over the years that have helped keep the game popular on Steam. But thanks to a huge five-year anniversary event, as well as a lower price tag during the ongoing Steam summer sales, the game’s popularity has skyrocketed. All of this led to June 30, where the game hit 105,093 simultaneous and active players according to data on SteamDB.
Earlier this year, Death by the light of day the developers found themselves in a controversy when live balance designer Ethan “Almo” Larson criticized fans for years asking for a colorblind mode to be added to the game. At one point, during a broadcast on his personal Twitch channel, Larson s ‘is mocked by a viewer for “having talked all the time about color blind mode”. In response to the community reaction that followed, Death by the light of day developer Interactive behavior announced that he was working on housing for color blind players. The studio also distanced itself from Larson’s comments and apologized to his players.
“This is not representative of the team’s opinion” Behavior explained in a Tweet. “We deeply apologize for any frustration or harm this may have caused.”
Another game on Steam, Team Fortress 2, has also just broken a record for simultaneous players. Valve’s ranked shooter hit last week more than 150,000 simultaneous active players for the moment. However, some wondered how many of these players were real humans and how many were fake (sometimes racist) robots. Team Fortress 2 has long struggled with bots that flooded servers and matches. This is not the case with Death by the light of day and it’s likely that most of the 105,000 players who all logged in at the same time on June 30 were in fact real.