Dead by Daylight Mobile removed from App Store and Google Play Store in India
Dead by Daylight Mobile has been removed from Google Play Store and App Store in India. In a tweet, developer Behavior Interactive confirmed that it received an interim order from the Department of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), requiring the survival horror game to be removed from mobile app storefronts. Although no explicit reason was mentioned, the government has previously banned apps for similar security issues with Chinese apps such as PUBG Mobile and Free Fire. In regions such as Southeast Asia, Japan, and Korea, Dead by Daylight Mobile was released by NetEase, a Chinese company.
“Hello folks at The Fog, we are committed to providing a unique mobile horror experience to our global audience while adhering to regional regulations,” the tweet read. “To remain in compliance with the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology’s Interim Order in India, we will be removing Dead by Daylight Mobile from storefronts.” While the developer claims that Indians can no longer download or play the game, a report from 91Mobiles suggests that gamers who “have already downloaded the game to their phone can continue playing”. That said, it’s clear that game updates won’t be automatically installed on both platforms.
To remain in compliance with the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology India’s Interim Order, we will be removing Dead by Daylight Mobile from storefronts. Once removed, Indian players will no longer be able to access and play Dead by Daylight Mobile.
— Dead by Daylight Mobile (@DbDMobile) March 23, 2023
In February 2022, the Indian government banned 52 apps of Chinese origin, which belonged to tech companies such as Alibaba, Tencent and the aforementioned NetEase. The list also included Free Fire, which, although developed by Singapore-based Sea, was backed by Tencent, the company’s largest shareholder.
Prior to this, the government cracked down on PUBG Mobile and its subsequent lite version, in addition to short video apps such as TikTok. Any further updates on the return of DbD Mobile will be revealed “when possible”.
Earlier this month, Dead by Daylight Mobile suffered some massive changes, urging existing players to migrate their accounts to a completely new version of the game. However, the developer notes that some content will not be carried over, for which it is willing to compensate with in-game currency such as Bloodpoints, Iridescent Shards, and Sinister Stones. The migration window will close on May 10, and you can view the full compensation plan on the official FAQ website. Dead by Daylight is a 1v4 supernatural horror affair, where players are grouped together as a killer on the hunt, or survivors wanting to break out of an enclosed place by powering up five generators.
Dead by Daylight is also heading to Hollywood as production company Blumhouse prepares to develop a feature film adaptation of the same. The company will partner with developer Behavior Interactive and horror maestro James Wan’s atomic monster to further expand the universe, as the search for a director and screenwriter begins. “We know there are so many Dead by Daylight fans and feel it’s imperative to find someone who appreciates and loves the world as much as we do, to help us bring the game to the big screen,” Jason Blum, CEO and Founder, Blumhouse said in a prepared statement earlier this month.
Dead by Daylight Mobile is no longer available for download on Android or iOS.
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