It’s not Dishonored 3 or Prey 2, but a new IP is always welcome. On Bethesda’s stage at E3 2019, Arkane Studios introduced Deathloop to the world. It looks awesome and trippy in all the right ways, and we can’t wait to get our hands on it when it releases for PS5 and PC… and Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S, because that’s bound to happen now that Microsoft owns Bethesda and Arkane. Yeah, that’s a thing.
What is Deathloop?
Deathloop Developed by Arkane Studios
If you’re unfamiliar with the name Arkane Studios, you may be familiar with their work. Arkane created the action/stealth series Dishonored and successfully rebooted Prey a couple of years ago. The type of games that Arkane ends up creating are many times labelled as immersive sims. These tend to focus on interactive and reactive environments to create emergent gameplay situations that even the developer may not have originally intended.
Colt and Julianna will have an arsenal of weapons and abilities at their disposal, which can be customized to suit your playstyle. Though both will have access to the same main tools, their abilities are what will set them apart. Colt can make use of hacking devices, while Julianna can disguise herself and take on the appearance of any NPC.
Deathloop Story and characters
Deathloop transports players to the lawless island of Blackreef in an eternal struggle between two extraordinary assassins. Explore stunning environments and meticulously designed levels in an immersive gameplay experience that lets you approach every situation any way you like. Hunt down targets all over the island in an effort to put an end to the cycle once and for all, and remember, if at first you don’t succeed… die, die again.
These two assassins are Colt and Julianna. Colt apparently wants to break the time loop cycle, while Julianna wants to protect it. Her reasons for this are unknown, nor do we know what caused the time loop to begin with. The only way they believe they can fulfill their goals is by killing the other person.
Colt has eight targets which he needs to take out in a single day before the loop resets. Players are free to tackle the main and side missions in any order they choose. Each new day gives players an opportunity to discover a little bit more about the island — and their targets — and come one step closer to success.
Deathloop Is it multiplayer or single-player
Julianna is also a playable character. While you will experience the main campaign as Colt, you also have the option to infiltrate another player’s game as Julianna and do some hunting… If this PvP element is disabled, Julianna will still appear your game from time to time, hunting you, but she will be AI-controlled.
Arkane was once working on a multiplayer title over ten years ago called The Crossing, which was subsequently cancelled before it ever released. The Crossing would have attempted to blend single-player and multiplayer together. Arkane’s lead designer Ricardo Bare stated previously that the studio had hoped to utilize the design belief and technology behind The Crossing’s multiplayer into future games. It looks like Deathloop is one of those games.
Deathloop When can I play it?
Because Microsoft bought ZeniMax Media, Arkane is now a studio under Xbox. Because of this, it’s almost guaranteed that Deathloop will come to Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S at some point in the future, but for now Microsoft plans to honor the original timed PS5 exclusivity agreement. It’s unclear how long this exclusivity will last, but we’d guess 6 months to a year.
It isn’t up for preorder at any retailers at this time.
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