There are plenty of next-gen launch games with a lot of hype surrounding them as we approach this holiday season (can you believe 2021 is only four months away?). One game in particular that has seen immense anticipation is Deathloop, a first-person shooter about a time loop that's being developed by Dishonored/Prey devs Arkane Studios. While the game was being planned as a timed console launch exclusive for the PlayStation 5, 2020 has something to say about that. Recently, Arkane took to Twitter to drop the announcement that Deathloop will be delayed until Q2 2021. As you might have expected, the reason for the delay lies entirely with the coronavirus pandemic.


"Our ambition for DEATHLOOP is to deliver a signature Arkane game that takes you to never-before-seen places in a stylish new world," the tweet reads. "At the same time, the health and safety of everyone at Arkane Lyon remains our top priority. As we've adjusted to work-from-home, we found that delivering this new and exciting experience, at the polish and quality level that defines both an Arkane game and a true next-gen experience, is taking longer than normal." Yes, it's true... the pandemic has taken its icy grip on yet another game expected for this year. While Arkane didn't say anything about the previously planned console launch timed exclusivity, chances are that will still be in place when the game finally does come out. This also implies that, afterwards, the game will make its way to Xbox Series X.

First revealed in 2019, Deathloop plays around with the idea of a time loop; every time the main character (Colt) dies, he re-awakens at the start of the time loop. Everyone else around him has their memories erased back to the start, but Colt is special in that he retains his own each time around. Using this to his advantage, the ultimate goal of the game is to escape the time loop for good, all the while contending with the game's rival antagonist Julianna, a deadly assassin who can be controlled by another random player through a multiplayer component. As is usually the case with Arkane's games, Deathloop features a heavy emphasis on multiple styles of play, giving players access to a wide variety of parkour, tech, and weaponry to use the environment to their advantage and outsmart enemies. This open-ended gameplay has come to sort of define Arkane as a studio, and they're embracing it full force with their next outing.


Deathloop is scheduled for release sometime in Q2 2021, so anywhere between April to June of that year. Once released, it will be available at first for PlayStation 5, as well as Windows PC. "Thank you for your support and excitement," Arkane's post concludes. "Your positive feedback has helped fuel us as we continue to work from the confines of our homes. We can't wait to share more details about DEATHLOOP with you, so keep your eyes open for our next update, coming soon." Coming soon, eh? Sounds like we'll be hearing more on Deathloop sooner rather than later! I'm all for that. If you want to check out the community buzz surrounding Arkane's announcement, head over to their official Twitter account on the game for more details. I said in an earlier article about a game delay that it likely wouldn't be the last on account of COVID-19, and I'll reiterate that here: This probably won't be the last.


Tanner is a freelance writer. He enjoys all things video games, particularly the weirder ones, and can often be found drinking coffee and trying to get through his backlog.

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