Arkane Lyon has announced that Deathloop is being pushed into the second quarter of 2021, and will no longer be a launch window game for the PlayStation 5 when it comes out this holiday season.
The studio announced it through its social channels, explaining that working from home in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic has made development more difficult, and thus it won’t be making its originally projected 2020 release date. The full statement reads as follows:
“We’ve made the decision to move the launch date of Deathloop to Q2 2021.
Our ambition for Deathloop is to deliver a signature Arkane game that takes you to never-before-seen places in a stylish new world.
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 pois hand quality level that defines both an Arkane game and a true next-gen experience, is taking longer than normal.
This extra time will allow our team to bring Deathloop’s world to life with as much character and fun as you’ve come to expect from our team.
While we know this is the right decision for Deathloop, we share your disappointment and apologize for making you wait even longer.
Thank you for your support and excitement. 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.”
To the community, an update on DEATHLOOP: pic.twitter.com/XveoG6AgoT
— DEATHLOOP (@deathloop) August 18, 2020
It’s worth noting that Deathloop is a timed console exclusive on PlayStation 5, which means that this delay will mean that Xbox Series X won’t be getting the game until much later now. The PS5 and PC versions are still set to launch alongside one another in 2021.
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Deathloop is the first solo game to come out of Arkane since Dishonored: Death of the Outsider, having helped develop both Wolfenstein: Youngblood and Wolfenstein: Cyberpilot in collaboration with MachineGames in 2019. The game follows an assassin named Colt, who is stuck in a time loop where he dies repeatedly in his seemingly never ending quest to take out multiple targets on the island of Blackreef. The game also features a multiplayer mode where you can enter someone else’s game to take out Colt as Julianna, a rival assassin. So basically, if you’d like to spend a night preventing someone else’s progress that’s something you can do, but if you just want to play the game without worrying about another player coming for you, you can turn that off.
Arkane is the latest in a long line of studios that are being affected by the coronavirus pandemic, with even huge games like Halo Infinite delayed into next year as developers adjust to work-from-home set ups while quarantined. Despite all this, according to Microsoft and Sony, the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 are still on track to come out this holiday season, with the Xbox specifically having been confirmed to launch in November.