Deathloop, the upcoming title from Arkane Studios, has been delayed to Q2 2021. It was supposed to be available in the holiday season of this year to coincide with the release of the PlayStation 5.
If you were guessing that the COVID-19 pandemic is to blame well, you’re right, but it’s too obvious so you don’t win anything.
“…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 polish and quality level that defines both an Arkane game and a true next-gen experience, is taking longer than normal,” reads the announcement of the delay.
Deathloop is also planned for release on PC, but it’s a much bigger blow for PlayStation 5, as it reduces the number of (console) exclusives that the new machine will have when it launches at the end of the year.
It’s not on the same level as the Xbox Series X losing out on a new Halo game, but it’s one less title to entice people to buy new consoles before the year is over.
Hardware aside we’ve been looking forward to Deathloop as it appears to be a big budget roguelike AAA shooter, something we’ve been wanting for a while. We saw a bit of this with the paid DLC Mooncrash for Arkane’s highly received title Prey.
Arkane adds that more information and development updates about Deathloop will be revealed soon, so we’ll hopefully see more of the game while we wait. It’s a rather long delay so it may be difficult to keep people interested until Q2 2021.