Although ZeniMax Media and Bethesda Softworks are now owned by Xbox after their acquisition last September, the plan has always been for Arkane Studios upcoming shooter Deathloop to still release as a console exclusive on the PlayStation 5, a plan that was established prior to their purchase. You can read about Zulu’s virtual preview dive into Deathloop here.
The game was most recently shown off in PlayStation’s July rendition of their State of Play digital showcases, with the roughly 10-minute long gameplay trailer linked above doing a great job of showcasing the hijinks protagonist Colt will partake in as he attempts to break free from the Groundhog Day-esque time loop.
While the gameplay walkthrough further highlighted to myself and I’m sure many others why Deathloop is a one of the most hotly anticipated releases on this years gaming smorgasboard, the tastiest tidbit of the trailer was hidden in its final moments, revealing the expiration date for Deathloop’s PS5 console exclusivity.
Adorned alongside the phrase “PlayStation 5 Console Exclusive” was an asterisk, which in fine print states “Not available on other consoles until at least 14/09/22”, a year on from Deathloop’s September 14 release later this year on PlayStation 5 and PC.
The revelation of one year console exclusivity on PlayStation 5 opens the door for an Xbox release from September 14 onwards next year, with the game to presumably launch on Xbox Game Pass, as is now standard with games released by Xbox first-party studios.
Although Xbox players have a year longer to wait until they can get their hands on Deathloop, it’s good news (albeit expected) that they will get to play it eventually. I for one will be playing it on my PS5, however I may have to double dip on the game and play it again when it hits Xbox Game Pass.