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Deathloop delayed to next year, says Arkane

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Studio cites pandemic interruptions in need for more time

art showing the hero of Deathloop running away from a time vortex Arkane Studios/Bethesda Softworks via YouTube

Deathloop, the next game from Dishonored and Prey makers Arkane Studios, is delayed until spring 2021, the studio said Tuesday morning.

In a message sent by Twitter, Arkane attributed the delay to work disruptions caused by the global COVID-19 pandemic. “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.”

Deathloop, revealed at E3 2019, was originally given a launch window in the last quarter of this year, as a timed console exclusive on PlayStation, both PS4 and the new PlayStation 5. Arkane, consistent with its reputation for delivering stylish thrillers, says Deathloop tasks the player with solving the mystery of a time loop anomaly, and taking out the eight bad guys responsible for maintaining it.

Colt, the player character, will also wield supernatural powers, and take on a rival assassin, Julianna, who can be played by another person in the game’s online mode.

“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,” Arkane wrote. “While we know this is the right decision for Deathloop, we share your disappointment, and apologize for making you wait even longer.”