Deathloop delayed to September 2021

Arkane Lyon's management made the tough call to push Deathloop's release date later into 2021 to make the game the best it can be.

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Arkane Lyon and Bethesda’s Deathloop is easily one of the most anticipated titles of the entire 2021 gaming calendar. Playing as an assassin on an island of targets you must slay to break a timeloop, the only way to succeed is to die and try again. It looks like Colt will be stuck on the island of Blackreef a while longer though. Arkane Lyon has announced it will delay the release of Deathloop from May to September 2021 later this year.

The announcement of Deathloop’s delay was made via the Deathloop Twitter by Game Director Dinga Bakaba and Art Director Sebastien Mitton. While Deathloop was originally slated for a release on May 21, difficulties related to COVID-19 and safety of the staff forced the studio to delay the game. Deathloop is now slated for launch on September 14, 2021.

“We’re committed to quality and preserving our teams ambitions for Deathloop while ensuring the health and safety of everyone at Arkane,” their statement reads. “We’ll be using this extra time to accomplish our goal: create a fun, stylish, and mind-bending player experience.”

Indeed, Deathloop seems tremendous in its scope. As a time-shifting action game, players will take what they learn from each time loop back to the beginning to try to find the best course to eliminating the eight key targets of Blackreef Island. And all that while being hunted by a seemingly player-controlled opposite assassin in the form of Julianna.

Previous gameplay footage and trailers have stressed the importance of time-altering decisions in Deathloop, but the management at Arkane has also previously said there will be plenty of opportunity to explore the game at our leisure.

It’s a little bit of a shame to see Deathloop delayed again after it was so close to release, but it just means we’ll have to listen to that sweet theme song again for a while longer. Stay tuned as we watch the game for any further updates and information.

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    April 8, 2021 8:00 AM

    TJ Denzer posted a new article, Deathloop delayed to September 2021

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      April 8, 2021 7:30 AM

      Deathloop delayed to Sept 14 (was to be in May)

      https://www.gematsu.com/2021/04/deathloop-delayed-to-september-14

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        April 8, 2021 7:32 AM

        But I still won’t have a PS5 by Sept. 14.

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        April 8, 2021 7:33 AM

        Oh no!

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          April 8, 2021 7:35 AM

          Sounds like it is still COVID related, having problems to assure quality before release

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        April 8, 2021 7:36 AM

        FUCK.

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        April 8, 2021 7:54 AM

        I doubt this game will be good but I really hope I'm wrong.

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          April 8, 2021 8:06 AM

          Why wouldn't it be good? The studio's hardly been releasing bad games lately.

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            April 8, 2021 8:13 AM

            The wolfeintein games they made were super bad.

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              April 8, 2021 8:17 AM

              I think Youngblood was the only one they worked on, and I doubt the bad choices there were on them.

              This one is clearly taking the gameplay elements from the Dishonored series, and there isn't a bad game (or expansion) among those.

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          April 8, 2021 8:13 AM

          Arkane has yet to release a stinker

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            April 8, 2021 8:16 AM

            Wolf youngblood and cyberbilot? Also some key guys left just before the last Dishonored.

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              April 8, 2021 8:16 AM

              Ohh yeah, Youngblood to s so terribad I forgot about it.

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                April 8, 2021 8:17 AM

                But that one was also with machine games. Does it fully count?

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                  April 8, 2021 8:23 AM

                  I would say so since MachineGames did good with the previous wolfeinstein before Arkane was involved. Like I said, I really hope not because Arkane is one of my favorite studio.

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                    April 8, 2021 8:24 AM

                    Disagree, Wolf2 was really disappointing for me, so YB was gonna be worse.

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                      April 8, 2021 8:25 AM

                      Wolf2 was still pretty good even with some bad decisions. Youngblood was just trash.

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              April 8, 2021 8:28 AM

              One could argue those were games they had to shit out quickly so their usual polish didn't take hold. Cyberpilot was basically a tech demo.

              In that vein a delay for a game is a good sign.

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              April 8, 2021 8:32 AM

              Those don’t really count imo as their games as those were done in collaboration with another studios IP that they helped with... like a B or C product that was in between other bigger better projects like Wolf 3 and Deathloop.

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          April 8, 2021 8:27 AM

          Lol why the doubt? Dishonored 1 and 2 and Prey are all amazing games... so... what?

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          April 8, 2021 12:20 PM

          I think you're going to be wrong. I hope you're going to be wrong. You might be right, but I'm pulling for wrong.

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        April 8, 2021 8:00 AM

        Lol expected this. They haven’t shown much gameplay considering the game was suppose to come out in 1 month. We’ve seen plenty of Returnal so it was telling for this game lack of gameplay footage.

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        April 8, 2021 8:19 AM

        I love Arkane but I don't quite understand how the single player gameplay works in this game. I guess this is something like the Prey DLC, doing the same stuff in loops? If so then I'm out.

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          April 8, 2021 9:04 AM

          The idea, they've explained, is to try to find actions that are needed for the "perfect loop" to be able to assassinate 8 targets. While the game presents that to be within a time limit to get those all done within one night, Arkane has said that game time is going to be very generous and not restricted to this (eg it is nowhere as strict as Outer Wilds where once you start a new loop, something will happen exactly 10 minutes regardless of your actions). So to me, that reads as basically figuring out the right order to take down the bosses, ala Mega-Man style, of which there may be several depending on how you approach things. You will do loops that you will make mistakes but will learn things that help on the next loop. Arkane has stressed that while stealth is an option, this is not like Dishonored, and they removed the ability to simply incapacate a person. If you go stealthy but get discovered you have a lot more freedom to "go loud" to escape and continue rather than feel you f'd up your run

          Alongside all that, there's another assassin that's out to stop you, and depending on your game settings, this will either be a computer controlled opponent or another online player in that role (think competitive Dark Souls).

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        April 8, 2021 8:25 AM

        Boooooooooooooooooooo but yeah I guess that they’re making sure it’s not a buggy mess.

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        April 8, 2021 8:35 AM

        my gut is we are going to get a lot of new game intros at E3 this summer with very few games actually shipping for Xmas 2021 :(

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          April 8, 2021 8:40 AM

          Covid fucked a lot of shit up

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            April 8, 2021 8:42 AM

            of course. just saying, we have two new consoles and a derth of games for both. I don't expect that to change much in 2021.

            actually, I think we see more remasters for xmas 2021 than AAA games

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          April 8, 2021 9:24 AM

          My gut says:

          Ratchet hits its release window and horizon gets pushed to holiday this year with them starting the long wind up to it. God of war gets teased but gets pushed to 2022 holiday.

          Big titles next year from Sony being god of war, GT, the stand alone last of us factions game naughty dog has been working on, and also launch of PSVR2 holiday 2022 with a new astrobot game and a follow up to rez infinite being the big headliners.

          2023 will probably see a proper sequel to spider-man from insomniac. 2024 a new big game from naughty dog timed with the release of a slim/cheaper form factor revision of the PS5. Maybe a pro console but I doubt they do a pro revision this generation. Instead probably increased internal storage and size reduction only.

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            April 8, 2021 11:25 AM

            I think you are too early on new hardware. especially if we continue with the global shortage of chips and parts.

            plus this is pure Sony. I only care about MS and Xbox :) LOL

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        April 8, 2021 8:49 AM

        The timing will give it more room in the market than May:

        http://www.shacknews.com/chatty?id=40543196

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          April 8, 2021 9:21 AM

          Also I wonder how this affects the PS exclusivity deal - does that start the moment it hits the PS console, or did it start at a different time? Eg: may there have be been pressure now from their new owners MS on that delay that if the exclusivity was meant to start sooner and will end, say, 6 months into release instead of a year with the delay, that clearly feeds better to MS.

          I don't feel MS is that underhanded in how they operate Xbox games nowadays, but you never know.

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            April 8, 2021 11:26 AM

            i'd be totally shocked if its not from release day.

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            April 8, 2021 11:42 AM

            I don’t think I’ve ever seen a console exclusivity deal that wasn’t based on release date. Hell, I wouldn’t be too surprised if Sony cut them a deal to release in the fall when their release slate was more open.

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      April 8, 2021 8:38 AM

      Ouch. It’s for the best, though. It won’t be going up against juggernauts like RE VIllage and Ratchet & Clank that way. Might control that whole month, considering the release schedules we know about already.

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