After Arkane Studios announced Deathloop during E3 2019, it garnered a huge following of fans that have been looking to its release since then. The first-person action-adventure title was initially given a 2020 release window, but it was unfortunately pushed back to 2021. Now, a new trailer has been dropped by its publisher Bethesda Softworks, giving excited fans an official release date.
The launch date reveal trailer was published on Bethesda’s YouTube channel earlier today, and it showcases more of Deathloop’s gameplay along with the release date. According to the trailer, fans will finally be able to experience Deathloop on May 21, 2021 as it launches for the PC and PlayStation 5.
Although, dedicated fans who have been keeping tabs on this game may have already known this fact before the trailer’s release, as Deathloop’s release date was recently leaked by New Zealand’s PlayStation Store.
Asides from confirming the official release date, Bethesda also announced that pre-ordering Deathloop will offer a few bonuses. More specifically, those who pre-order the game will be given a trinket that serves as a character buff, Colt’s “Storm Rider” skin, as well as a Royal Protector Machete. The latter is said to be a PlayStation 5 exclusive.
As previously mentioned, Bethesda Softworks and Arkane Studios had initial plans to release Deathloop some time this year. However, it was decided that the game’s release would be postponed after its presentation during the PlayStation 5 event last June.
The culprit for Deathloop’s delay is said to be the COVID-19 pandemic, which doesn’t come as a surprise because countless other games have been delayed this year due to the same reason. Other video game titles that have been affected by the pandemic include the Ghost of Tsushima and The Last of Us Part 2.
If you’re unfamiliar, Deathloop follows Colt and Julianna, two assassins who are both stuck on an island together. In addition to that, they’re both trying to kill one another. This premise may seem simple and uninteresting to some, but here’s the catch: Colt and Julianna are also stuck in a time loop, where they are forced to redo the same days.
From what we can see, it appears that Arkane Studios has implemented some of the gameplay mechanics found in its other popular titles such as Dishonored and Prey. Much to the fans’ surprise though, it was revealed during the PlayStation 5 event that Deathloop and Ghost Wire: Tokyo would only be released exclusively on the PS5.
This was definitely a huge move on Sony’s part to acquire two highly-anticipated third-party games for at least one full year. Although, Microsoft completely turned the tables around by acquiring ZeniMax Media and consequently Bethesda Softworks earlier this year for $7.5 billion.
That being said, a May 2021 release may be further than what fans expected or wanted. However, the developer can’t be blamed though because the coronavirus pandemic has hampered the development of a multitude of games.
On the bright side, this just means that 2021 will be jampacked with video game releases for the gaming community to enjoy.