Server problems with Dead by Daylight is fairly uncommon, but they do occur from time to time. Recently, a lot of users have been complaining of the Dead by Daylight Connection Error with the message that reads, “Cannot connect to online services. Please try again later. Error code: 8018.” The error occurs for all platforms PC, Xbox Series X|S, PS5, PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch. If you encounter the error, you must be wondering if there is something you can do about it. Keep scrolling and we will tell you about the Dead by Daylight Error Code 8018 and what you can do to fix it.
How to Fix Dead by Daylight Error Code 8018 ‘Connection Error’
Most problems with connection to servers in games occur when there is scheduled maintenance or planned downtime; however, the Dead by Daylight Error Code 8018 can occur when there is problem on the user end or the server’s glitch. The most effective fix is to spam retrying to connect. Quite a lot of users on Reddit have shared they were successful in playing the game after multiple attempts at retry, but that’s hardly the ideal solutions. So, here is what you need to do when you encounter the error.
When you are met by the Dead by Daylight connection error, the first thing you should do is check DBD Twitter or Downdetector website to see if there is an ongoing downtime and if everyone playing the game is affected. If the problem is isolated to a few users, it may be a glitch with your connection or the game.
An initialization problem with the game can also cause it to glitch and lead to connection problem. As such, we suggest that you close the game normally and restart the system. After the restart, attempt to join the game again.
If you are plying the game using the Steam client, ensure that both the game and the Steam client have admin permission. To do this, you can right-click on the executables, go to Properties, and from the Compatibility tab, check Run this program as an administrator. If you are launching the game from the desktop shortcut, attempt to launch the game from the Steam Library or directly from the executable in the Steam folder.
A problem with your internet connection or the network hardware can also lead to the Dead by Daylight Error Code 8018. As such, ensure that your internet connection is ideal to play the game. Hard reset the router or modem to fix the problem. To perform the hard reset, power down the router/modem > disconnect the power cords > press and hold the power button for 10 seconds > reconnect the power cords and start normally.
Finally, if nothing has worked, try to play the game using another connection. We suggest you try playing via mobile hotspot.
If none of the above solutions have worked, wait for a while. Maybe play some other game for a few hours and then, retry to play the game.