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Perks aside. what is not balance in the game?

Perks causes controversy among us.

Let's put perks aside and look at the game the way it is, what is not balance beside perks?

Any ideas to change what is unbalanced?



  • ShinobuSKShinobuSK Member Posts: 3,146

    Gen spread, gen speed but both of them would be fine if some maps were a bit smaller.

    So I think maps are the source of all unbalance in this game

  • GeneralVGeneralV Member Posts: 6,179

    I would say...nothing.

    Nothing at all.

  • ZozzyZozzy Member Posts: 3,636
    edited November 2021

    lack of what survivor mains call dead zones. Instead what we get is shack window into long wall gym window into a low wall safe loop into a normal gym into a LT wall into main building............

  • landromatlandromat Member Posts: 2,011


  • RainehDazeRainehDaze Member Posts: 1,124

    I mean, let's look at what optimal survivor perks do, vs what optimal killer perks do.

    Survivor meta is mostly about second chances, faster healing, and situational invulnerability from damage.

    Killer meta is either snowballing so hard nothing else matters or running slowdown perks.

    If survivor perks are based around trying to negate snowball tactics, and half of the killer perks are based around trying to slow the game down enough snowballing isn't needed, then that would suggest the fundamental balance issue is that generators finish so quickly there isn't time for anything else to happen or be enjoyed.

  • RaSavage42RaSavage42 Member Posts: 2,743

    Gen Speeds (not Gen times cause those are what's base)

    Maps (everything from Loops to pallets to Spawns for Gens, Totems and Players)

    Hit validation on all fronts


    DC penalties (like telling the difference between a player quitting the match VS. a player getting disconnected from the server)

  • WesCravenFanWesCravenFan Member Posts: 333

    The main problem with balance is a huge, gigantic, stadium sized difference in Survivor skill.

    At low skill levels Survivors are so bad they last about ten seconds in chase.

    At high skill levels Survivors can easily last a minute or more.

    A two minute chase, or a combination of two minute chases can easily get 3 generators done. This causes a huge amount of pressure on the killer that cannot be every place at once. You just can't stop the last two from popping if they are scattered enough. Whereas at the low skill level survivors are in a constant state of recovery as someone is on the hook 24/7 and the are running at 50% capacity to do gens as one is on the hook and the last is trying to save them.

    Anytime you change something in the game either either cripple the low skill players even more and barely annoy the high end SWFs, or you you give the low skill players a minor edge and the SWFs an overwhelming advantage. It is impossible to balance right now.

  • RainehDazeRainehDaze Member Posts: 1,124

    On that front, where does the breakpoint lie, though? The current state of the game seems to lean towards a low skill threshold to achieve success, just between the size of the maps, the overarching gen time dictating how long everything else can take, and the number of low-mobility killers.

    There just appears to be a near-suicidal altruistic attempt at 4-man escapes maintaining any semblance of sanity.

  • KerJuiceKerJuice Member Posts: 835

    SWF. Number 1 thing that cause imbalance in Asymmetrical games.

  • LabracLabrac Applicant Posts: 1,212

    Gen spread, gen efficiency, tile safety.

  • WesCravenFanWesCravenFan Member Posts: 333

    I don't have an answer to this.

    Basically we have to choose whether we make the lives of SoloQ and low skill players absolutely miserable so that Killers have a shred of a chance against high MMR SWFs, or we make the game easy enough to give the low tier players a fair fight and in turn make high MMR SWFs absolutely unstoppable to the point of laughability.

  • Kira4EvrKira4Evr Member Posts: 1,262
    • Some maps - I'm looking at you Haddonfield
    • Some Add-Ons
    • Maybe how easy it is to do gens?

  • Nathan13Nathan13 Member Posts: 4,386


  • dugmandugman Member Posts: 3,666

    The biggest balance issues are probably

    • Maps. There’s a reason certain map offerings are much more commonly used than others. Some maps still have very strong innate loops for survivors (Haddenfield and Badham being the main culprits probably). And some of the indoor maps make certain area effect perks and abilities more powerful.
    • SWF groups. Four person swfs aren’t all that common, but they have a very noticeable impact on gameplay. Comms for the whole team are like having built in constant killer and survivor detection and a huge efficiency boost compared to solo survivors

    I actually don’t think gen speeds are necessarily all that out of whack personally based on the assumption that the design goal is the most common match result is some survivors die and some live. In order for that to be the median results it means the exits need to be open most of the time when both sides are evenly matched. So it shouldn’t be surprising that even when a killer plays well the doors still get opened. Now if the median results are in the 0-2 kill range then that would be a balance issue with the gen speeds, but I haven’t seen data indicating that’s the case. (And a lot of anecdotes complaining about gen speeds seem to have the faulty assumption that gates should only be opened 50% of the time.)

  • HectorBrandoHectorBrando Member Posts: 1,758

    Mainly the maps, for example Trickster is universally seen as one of the worst Killers and rightfully so, he is quite weak indeed, then he gets sent to Corn and he destroys.

    Maps are the biggest source of imbalance in this game and a real problem because if you buff/nerf something you can make it completely broken in a lot of maps, they should pick one gamestyle map, make them all with the same gamestyle and balance perks and powers around that, it makes no sense to have maps as open as Coldwind maps and then maps like RPD and Lery, or maps as small as Coal Tower and another one as big as Mother's Dwelling.

  • RaSavage42RaSavage42 Member Posts: 2,743

    RNG as well isn't balanced...

    Can we discuss Killer Power's or is that not allowed in this discussion? @Anniehere

  • chargernick85chargernick85 Member Posts: 2,809

    Maps, Spawn points, Ormond sized difference between solo and SWF, too much RNG, difference in objective time (4 players have 2-3 minutes of objective time compared to killers 10-20 minutes worth of objective - 12 hooks),

  • MunqaxusMunqaxus Member Posts: 1,753

    Killer powers where the best play for survivors is to hold "w". Killers like Nemesis, Pyramid Head and The Artist. Also killers like The Doctor and Deathslinger, where the best play is to pre-throw a pallet and run to the furthest corner of the map. Then you have Nurse that totally ignores everything a survivor can do.

    Survivors only have looping. Maybe adding another element to the game that allows survivors to have skillful interactions with these type of killers. Or add a perk that temporarily blocks abilities from going through walls. Say you jump through a window and it blocks special abilities from going through walls within a 32 meter radius.

  • Friendly_BlendetteFriendly_Blendette Member Posts: 2,203

    Maps, Solo Q, Killers. Everything other than perks.

  • BaschFonRonsenburgBaschFonRonsenburg Member Posts: 233

    IMO id rather take haddonfield over any Springfield map any day. Especially Springfield 1

  • DeferloDeferlo Member Posts: 81

    Every RNG element of this game makes for a balancing nightmare, if you want a game to be balanced, you need to remove as much variable as you can so that every match result is as consistent as possible every time, which isn't the case for DBD:

    Gens/ survivor spawn have the potential to be either godlike or god awful for both side.

    Tile spawn also change the gameplay too much, like on some corn map where you can get shack into infinite junk pallet into long wall or shack into nothing into TL. Same map, different potential for looping.

    Map luck, if you get red forest as a no mobility killer the odds are already against you before the match even start.

    The power difference between an efficient soloQ and an efficient SWF with comms are miles apart.

    If they are included in the discussion, Item for surv and addon for killer can change the whole gameas well as the killer power itself.

    Totem spawn have the potential to render hex perk useless.

  • PhasmamainPhasmamain Member Posts: 8,655


    Half the maps

    Gen speeds



    Map offerings

    I could go on

  • AnniehereAnniehere Member Posts: 1,007

    For a moment I forgot how much I hate these characters. . 😣

  • BlueberryBlueberry Member Posts: 9,297
    edited November 2021

    Maps - Be that loop design and simply size. Very unbalanced.

    SWF - Obvious reasons here. Even casual friends just chillen (which is usually the excuse that it's not a big deal) is essentially tripling their perk loadout. They don't need to be a death squad to completely break the games "balance".

    NOTE: We also used to see old data on SWF rates across the board making the number look low, but the rates of SWF at high MMR are significantly higher. This should be obvious though as SWF will naturally increase your chances of winning drastically and pile them up at high MMR. So as if the game wasn't already unbalanced enough, if your a killer at high mmr you are forced to play against SWF almost every single match. I'm tracking my games and 80% of the matches are 3-4 man SWF. I ask post lobby (most are kind enough to tell me) and look at profiles for reference.

    Objective times - 3-4min objective times for survivors compared to 10-20min objective times for killers. It's completely out of whack. Just in the time on average that it takes you to pick up, walk over, and hook a survivor you lose half an entire generator worth of time...each time...let that sink in. That's nothing you can out play, it's literally sunk time that every player is forced to commit.

    Killer power level - Most of the killer roster are simply way, way under tuned to have a fair chance against equally good survivors. This kills match diversity for high mmr survivors and irritates killers that feel like they lose at the killer selection screen.

    Perks - Since you didn't want to go into it I won't go into detail but there are a lot of extremely unbalanced perks that throw the game off as well. Just putting this so it's a known issue.

    Items - Items are generally too strong, especially speaking of medkits here. Whether you bring medkits or toolboxes drastically increases the odds of your team winning. They obviously should improve your win rate, but it's a much more significant difference than it should be.

    I would say maps, swf and objective times are the biggest issues though if we're trying to prioritize.

    We used to debate about whether we think the game is supposedly "competitive" or just a casual party game. While it seemed the devs wanted the game "balanced" around just a casual party game (aka not balanced at all), the introduction of MMR seems to completely contradict this as MMR is something you implement into a competitive game.

    So now we're currently left in this awkward state of kinda a casual game but kinda going for a competitive game with a foot halfway in both directions. The game doesn't seem to know what design philosophy it wants to be. The game lacks direction.

  • KurriKurri Member Posts: 777

    Killers don't carry all the tools they need to be effective in trial, into the trial. They rely on Add-ons and Perks to be balanced.

    Survivors have everything they need in game, including additional chances for free escapes.

  • RaSavage42RaSavage42 Member Posts: 2,743

    It comes down to time invested into this game... the human element

    Playing this game is different then most... Time needed to get better with the Killer's power (which is why you will see players "main" certain Killers)

    Something as simple as Huntress's hatches are easy to learn... But something like the Pig's isn't (I could say that it comes down to timing... but that is irrelevant) as simple to learn due to it being in multiple parts

    Also Hag traps are easy to learn but hard to master (it comes down to placement... but again that's irrelevant)

    Same can be said to counter Killer's power

    And the more practice one player gets the better

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