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Bethesda confirms that Deathloop is releasing in May

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Shortly after the PlayStation store appeared to spill the beans (opens in new tab), Bethesda confirmed that Deathloop (opens in new tab), Arkane's Swinging Sixties-inspired game of assassination parties that never end, will be out on May 21, 2021.

Deathloop is about a man named Colt who's trapped in a time loop on an island named Blackreef. It's a bit like Groundhog Day, except everyone has guns and the only way out is to kill eight targets scattered across the island before the day is done. There's more than just firepower in play, though: As we saw in an earlier gameplay trailer (opens in new tab), Colt comes to the fight with some very Dishonored-like supernatural abilities.

The downside is that the island is filled with other people who really seem to be having a good time, and so will do whatever they can to keep him from ending the party. Foremost among them is Julianna Blake, the protector of Blackreef—a skilled assassin who's as eager to preserve the time loop as Colt is to end it. To that end, Deathloop will enable players to take on that villainous role and "invade" other players' campaigns.

Deathloop on PC is available for pre-purchase now via the Bethesda.net launcher (opens in new tab), and is "coming soon" to Steam.

Andy Chalk
Andy Chalk

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.