Deathloop is an upcoming action-adventure from Arkane Studios, the developer behind the Dishonored series, pitting rival assassins against each other in a murderous game of time loops.
Deathloop sees you play as assassin Colt, who is trapped on Blackreef, a mysterious island locked in an infinite time loop. It’s up to Colt to end the circle as he is hunted down by the island’s less than hospitable residents and a rival hitman named Julianna, who is determined to stop Colt and keep the deadly time loop going. To end the loop once and for all, Colt must take out eight important targets on the island.
But that would be too easy, right? Colt only has 24 hours to kill all targets, meaning the loop plays an integral role in Deathloop’s battle, allowing Colt to try new approaches to his kills and learn from the failures – but his enemies learn too. Sounds interesting? Then read on for everything we know about Deathloop so far.
Cut to the chase
- What is it? An action-adventure shooter from the makers of Dishonored
- When can I play it? May 21, 2021
- What can I play it on? PS5 and PC
Release date Deathloop
Deathloop will be released on May 21, 2021, for PC and as a timed console exclusive to PS5 (lasting a year).
First announced at E3 2019, Deathloop would initially be released in the “Holiday 2020” window. Arkane Studios announced in August 2020 that release was pushed back to Q2 2021.
In November, the developer confirmed that Deathloop will now be released on May 21, 2021.
The most recent Deathloop trailer revealed the game’s new release date on May 21, 2021.
Check it out below:
The second Deathloop gameplay trailer, released in September 2020, shows how players can use the time loop to Colt’s advantage.
“See how Colt tackles the problem of getting two visionaries – Aleksis and Egor – in the same place at the same time,” reads the video description. “There are eight visionaries who keep the time loop going. Eight people who have to die to make things right, and thanks to the time loop you only have one day to turn them all off or reset the loop. Targets are scattered around the island. and are often only accessible at certain points of the day. So how can you ever eliminate them all in time? The solution won’t be easy, but with some practice (and quite a few resets) I can solve Blackreef’s puzzle and complete the loop breaking through. “
Watch the trailer below:
Arkane showed the Deathloop PS5 gameplay trailer in June 2020, at Sony’s Future of Gaming event. This is when we discovered the first game release window of “Holiday 2020”. Check it out below:
Deathloop was officially announced at E3 2019 with this world premiere trailer, which you can watch here:
From what we’ve seen and heard about Deathloop so far, this isn’t your run-of-the-mill shooter. As Colt, players have access to various weapons and abilities to use in their kills. There are also several options for approaching each target depending on your playstyle, with the option to fire them on fire or take them out unobtrusively.
Each new loop gives you the chance to find information or clues you might have missed the first time, giving you more knowledge and helping you decide how to approach an assassination attempt. So even when you die – which it seems like it often happens – you can use your failed experience to help you succeed next time.
But Deathloop isn’t limited to just a single player experience. Instead, you have the option to enable multiplayer so another player can take on the role of Julianna, who will try to track you down while you complete your kills. Multiplayer is optional and an AI can control Julianna.
Deathloop uses DualSense controller
As a timed console exclusive to PS5, Deathloop uses the innovative features of the PS5 DualSense controller, such as haptic feedback and adaptive triggers.
“With Deathloop’s dynamic weapons, each weapon feels uniquely in your hands,” wrote Anne Lewis, senior content manager at Bethesda Softworks, in a PlayStation Blog Post. “From the way it fires or waves, to the way it reloads or connects to its target, you can feel the difference through the DualSense controller.
“When a low weapon gets stuck, your trigger button will be blocked halfway, giving you instant feedback even before the animation notifies you. It’s a temporary setback that could force you to back off for a moment while fixing it. If you watch your on-screen character hit the gun to get it in working order, you feel a corresponding attack in your controller, triggering the mechanism to take it out. “
Players should also be able to feel the change in surfaces thanks to the DualSense’s haptic feedback.
Exclusive to the PS5 console with timing
Deathloop is a one-year console exclusive on PS5, which means we can see the shooter arriving on Xbox consoles in the future – although this hasn’t been confirmed yet.