Deathloop has been postponed again, with Arkane’s timed PS5 console exclusive moving from the previous May 21 release date to a fall release on September 14. The news marks the second major delay for Deathloop, which was originally set to release in the 2020 holiday season alongside the then-newly released PS5.
As with the earlier delay, Arkane’s studio in Lyon is referring again to COVID-19 related delays, with greater difficulty in development because it works to ensure “the health and safety of everyone at Arkane”.
Deathloop is the latest title from Arkane’s Lyon studio, best known for the Dishonored franchise and the reboot Prey starting in 2017. Players take on the role of Colt, an assassin trapped in a time loop who must work his way through his eight targets with a variety of weapons and mystical powers – all while being hunted by a rival assassin , Julianna (which can be controlled by other players over the internet).
As a next-generation exclusive title, Deathloop will only be released on the PlayStation 5 (for a one-year exclusivity period) and PC – despite the fact that publisher Bethesda is now owned by Microsoft. Phil Spencer, head of the Xbox studio told Bloomberg in September that it is still sticking to that timed exclusivity for both Deathloop and GhostWire: Tokyo. Which means that with the current delay, Xbox owners will wait even longer before moving to Blackreef.