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Deathloop release date, gameplay, multiplayer, and more

Here’s everything you need to know about Deathloop, Arkane’s time-bending and incredibly stylish FPS.

Deathloop, Arkane Studios’ full-on time-bending FPS, was one of the most exciting games of 2021. This fast-paced, time-looping first-person shooter was very different from the likes of Dishonored, setting you on the task of assassinating eight bosses on Blackreef island so that you could escape the eternal misery of one repeating day.

Whether you hoarded knowledge and stealthily snuck around the island or ran into every fight with gung-ho parkour skills, Blackreef was yours to explore and conquer. So, here’s everything you need to know about this critically-acclaimed FPS.

Deathloop release date

Deathloop was released on Tuesday, September 14, 2021, for PlayStation 5 and Windows, and Tuesday, September 20, 2022, for Xbox Series X|S.

Deathloop was under a one-year exclusivity deal with Sony, after which it came to Xbox Series X|S consoles. In fact, it was even added to the Xbox Game Pass games list to become not just one of the best FPS games, but also one of the best Xbox Game Pass games. Although it was a year late, Xbox fans didn’t do too badly all things considered.

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Deathloop gameplay

To truly understand Deathloop, it’s best to see its gameplay in action, not just because it’s incredibly stylish and good-looking:

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In this official demo, you could clearly see the time loop mechanic in full effect, as well as the smooth gunplay and swift movement that Arkane perfected in the Dishonored franchise.

There were a bunch of different powers at your command, as well as an array of weapons to master. However, not everything was quite so simple. While your would-be victims followed the same paths every day, there was a rival assassin called Julianna on the prowl, and she had one target: you.

Your goal was simple, at least on paper: take out all eight bosses – and avoid being killed yourself – to uncover the mystery of the never-ending party hosted on Blackreef Island and find a way to escape.

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Was Deathloop a PS5 exclusive? Not exactly. Although Deathloop didn’t come to Xbox until around a year after its release due to a PlayStation exclusivity deal, it was available on Windows from day one.

Deathloop release date: The player pointing a gun at a masked opponent, fighting in a 60s café on the edge of a cliff.

Deathloop multiplayer

Deathloop did launch with multiplayer, but it was not quite what you might be expecting. Do you remember the rival assassin who was trying to take out Colt, your character? Yeah. She was controlled by other players who could invade your game to try to put a stop to your run. You had three Reprises – essentially lives – and if you could take her out, you got a share of her loot, but this multiplayer aspect added another dimension to the game.

This option could be changed so that only friends could invade your games or be turned off completely if you wanted a solo experience.

That’s everything you need to know about Deathloop, Arkane’s oddball FPS that took a slight detour from the studio’s typical grim, stealth roots of Dishonored.