Public Test Build

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Quotes left.png [The Public Test Build] will help us catch issues with an update before pushing it to every Player. It will also allow those of you who are interested, to have a sneak peak into what's coming up shortly for the game. Quotes right.png
~ The Developers on the first PTB

The Public Test Build, also known as the "PTB" is a special BETA-branch of Dead by Daylight Dead by Daylight}} exclusive to the PC version.


Overview

Public Test Builds are a way for the Developers of the Game to test and receive community feedback on major upcoming changes prior to their release.

The Public Test Build loads a Players main build save game as it was on 24 March 2018 and is saved as a separate savegame with its separate progress.

A Player can switch between the two builds by opting in and out of the public beta branches through Steam.


Public Test Builds

PTB #1 - September 2016

The first Public Test Build took place between 20-23 September 2016 in preparation for Patch 1.1.2.

The main changes the Developers intended to test with this build:

  • improved Matchmaking
  • new mechanic:
    • slowed-down the Entity progression on the Hook if the Killer remained within a certain proximity of it.

It was their first attempt to create and implement an anti-camping mechanic. Since the new Mechanic got abused too heavily by Survivors purposefully kiting the Killer around their hooked teammate, the Developers disabled the Mechanic again.

PTB #2 - October 2016

The second Public Test Build took place between 18-19 October 2016 in preparation for Patch 1.2.0.

The main changes the Developers intended to test with this build:

This PTB accidentally leaked the Lampkin Lane Map as Players could get randomly put into this, at that point, still unreleased Map.

PTB #3 - February 2017

The third Public Test Build took place between 3-10 February 2017 in preparation for Patch 1.4.0.

The main changes the Developers intended to test with this build:

PTB #4 - April 2017

The fourth Public Test Build started on 6 April 2017 in preparation for Patch 1.5.0, it was a rather long PTB that went on for well over a week.

The main changes the Developers intended to test with this build:

  • New mechanic: Status HUD
  • New mechanic: Bloodlust
  • New mechanic: Exhaustion
  • New mechanic: auto-repairing Hooks
  • Changes to Perk rarities
  • Several Perk changes
  • Quality-of-Life changes to The Trapper & The Hag

PTB #5 - February 2018

The fifth Public Test Build started on 9 February 2018.

The main changes the Developers intended to test with this build:

  • New ranking system: Emblems - 1st iteration

PTB #6 - March 2018

The sixth Public Test Build took place between 15-19 March 2018.

The main changes the Developers intended to test with this build:

  • New ranking system: Emblems - 2nd (adjusted) iteration

PTB #7 - May 2018

The seventh Public Test Build started on 29 May 2018.

It marked the first of a new type of PTBs, allowing Players to test the new content of CHAPTER VIII previous to its release in June 2018.
This new type of PTB allows the Developers to deliver a better end-user experience with new content, catching bugs and balance issues up front and hot-fixing accordingly.

The main changes the Developers intended to test with this build:

PTB #8 - July 2018

The eighth Public Test Build started on 10 July 2018.

The main changes the Developers intended to test with this build:

PTB #9 - August 2018

The ninth Public Test Build started on 28 August 2018.

The main changes the Developers intended to test with this build:

PTB #10 - October 2018

The tenth Public Test Build started on 2 October 2018.

The main changes the Developers intended to test with this build:

PTB #11 - November 2018

The eleventh Public Test Build started on 26 November 2018.

The main changes the Developers intended to test with this build:

PTB #12 - January 2019

The twelfth Public Test Build started on 8 January 2019.

The main changes the Developers intended to test with this build:

PTB #13 - March 2019

The thirteenth Public Test Build started on 6 March 2018.

The main changes the Developers intended to test with this build:

PTB #14 - April 2019

The fourteenth Public Test Build started on 23 April 2019.

The main changes the Developers intended to test with this build:

  • Mid-Chapter Patch of CHAPTER XI
  • Dedicated Server Infrastructure
    • New Matchmaking System

PTB #15 - June 2019

The fifteenth Public Test Build started on 4 June 2019.

The main changes the Developers intended to test with this build:

PTB #16 - July 2019

The sixteenth Public Test Build started on 9 July 2019.

The main changes the Developers intended to test with this build:

PTB #17 - September 2019

The seventeenth Public Test Build started on 3 September 2019.

The main changes the Developers intended to test with this build:

  • Dedicated Server infrastructure
  • Party Management
    • Allows Survive With Friends Groups to stay grouped together through an in-game Friends List without having to create a new lobby after each trial.
  • Bloodweb Cube 2.0
    • Multiple Perks will spawn as of Level 40 and from Level 50 onwards, up to two Perks can be purchased per Bloodweb.
  • New content of CHAPTER XIII: Stranger Things (started a day later on the 4th)

PTB #18 - October 2019

The eighteenth Public Test Build started on 8 October 2019.

The main changes the Developers intended to test with this build:

PTB #19 - November 2019

The nineteenth Public Test Build started on 19 November 2019.

The main changes the Developers intended to test with this build:

PTB #20 - January 2020

The twentieth Public Test Build started on 7 January 2020.

The main changes the Developers intended to test with this build:

PTB #21 - February 2020

The twenty-first Public Test Build started on 18 February 2020.

The main changes the Developers intended to test with this build:

PTB #22 - April 2020

The twenty-second Public Test Build started on 7 April 2020.

The main changes the Developers intended to test with this build:

  • Mid-Chapter Update of CHAPTER XV
    • New content of Patch 3.7.0
    • Various Map changes
    • Repair Changes

PTB #23 - May 2020

The twenty-third Public Test Build started on 26 May 2020.

The main changes the Developers intended to test with this build:

PTB #24 - July 2020

The twenty-fourth Public Test Build started on 8 July 2020.

The main changes the Developers intended to test with this build:

PTB #25 - August 2020

The twenty-fifth Public Test Build started on 18 August 2020.

The main changes the Developers intended to test with this build:

PTB #26 - September 2020

The twenty-sixth Public Test Build started on 29 September 2020.

The main changes the Developers intended to test with this build:


Accessing the Public Test Build

As long as the Public Test Build is live, it can be accessed by all Players who own the Game on Steam.

Opting in

  1. Right-Click the Dead by Daylight Application in your Steam Library
  2. Access Properties
  3. Access the "Betas" Tab
  4. Select "public-test" from the drop-down menu

Opting out

  1. Right-Click the Dead by Daylight Application in your Steam Library
  2. Access Properties
  3. Access the "Beta" Tab
  4. Select "NONE - Opt out of all beta programs" from the drop-down menu