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Arkane has announced that Deathloop will be delayed by four months, six weeks after it was set to be released. It was originally scheduled for May 21st, but has now been pushed back to September 14th. It sounds like the usual reasons: they’ve had a lot of unusual challenges in the last year (and counting), and they’d like more time to get it right. All of this is entirely reasonable. I’ll still be here, eagerly anticipating a new game from the studio behind 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 said in a video 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.”

Deathloop has previously been postponed by Arkane, with the release date set for 2020. But, hey, game development is notoriously unpredictable, and this has been no exception.

Deathloop is an Arkane-style first-person shooter set on a spy-fi island where assassins are trapped in a time loop. With supernatural abilities, you’re attempting to kill eight targets while learning the island’s routines and behaviors with each loop. Meanwhile, another assassin is on the hunt for you, and she can be controlled by the AI or another player (optionally).

Arkane appears to be putting some of the “crossplayer” ideas they had for The Crossing into action. That was a Source engine shooter they announced in 2007, with the concept of a story campaign in which one player was the main character and other players filled out opposing factions. The Crossing was put on hold by Arkane in 2009, and it was eventually cancelled, but I enjoyed daydreaming about it. If you’re interested in learning more, check out a Noclip documentary. Only one player will oppose you in Deathloop, but it sounds far more involved than the Dark Souls-style invasions seen in many other games. I’m willing to wait a little longer to see it.

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Deathloop was one of our most anticipated games for the year 2021.

Source: Rock Paper Shotgun

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