Wait, hasn’t this happened before?
Six weeks before they were due to discharge Deathloop, Arkane have declared they are slowing the timeloop FPS by four months. Formerly expected on the 21st of May, it is now pushed back to September 14th. Seems like the usual reasons: this past year (and counting) presented unusual challenges, and they want to have more time to make it good. That is all perfectly honest. I’ll still be here, happily waiting for a new game from the studio which attracted us Dishonored and Prey.
“At Arkane, we have a strong vision for Deathloop and we don’t want to compromise on that, but we also need to do everything we can to ensure the health and safety of everyone in the studio,” game director Dinga Bakaba stated in a movie on Twitter.
“We are sorry for the wait, and we want to thank you all for your passion and excitement,” he added. “It’s the fuel that powers our creativity and our hard work.”
Arkane have postponed Deathloop earlier, formerly anticipating it in 2020. But hey, game development is frequently unpredictable, and this has been an unpredicable period.
Deathloop is a Arkane-y first-person shooter about assassins in a time loop onto a spy-fi island. Blessed with superpowers, you are attempting to off eight aims, learning the island and the routines and behaviours of everybody on it with each loop. Meanwhile, the next assassin is searching you, and she is able to controlled by the AI or (optionally) another participant.
It seems like Arkane are realising some of the”crossplayer” idea they had for The Crossing. That was a Source engine shooter they announced way back 2007, with the idea of a story campaign where a single player was the main character and other players filled out rival factions. Arkane put The Crossing on hold in 2009 and finally cancelled it, but I always enjoyed fretting about the idea. If you’re interested, a Noclip documentary had more on it. Only 1 player will be against you in Deathloop, however it does sounds far more involved than the Dark Souls-style invasions that we see in many other games. I can wait a little longer to find that.
We predicted Deathloop one of our most anticipated games of 2021.