Deathloop, the latest game from Arkane Studios, is the latest high-profile game to suffer from a 2021 delay, but it probably won’t be the last.
To my great surprise, Deathloop is delayed. Following such Hello: Infinitely,, Gotham Knights, i Return, an upcoming time shooter from Arkane Studios is another victim of delays caused by problems stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic. Deathloop it will now be launched on September 14, 2021, approximately three months later than originally anticipated.
Although current global circumstances have been affecting game development cycles for more than a year, most of the complications in the video game industry seem to be coming to light in 2021. Many other AAA titles, such as God of War: Ragnarök i Horizon forbidden west,, it is expected to be delayed as well, although both of these games are currently still scheduled for 2021. These frequent announcements of delays are particularly discouraging because they came after the start of a new generation of consoles. Xbox Series X / S and PlayStation 5 – the latter of which has Deathloop as time-exclusive – so far they have had a great line of games to take advantage of the new hardware.
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The announcement arrived earlier today by road Deathloop A Twitter account, on which a video was posted in which game director Dinga Bakaba and art director Sebastien Mitton explain the delay. Finally, this is the right move for Arkane, but it’s still discouraging when the original launch date grew so close. See their statements below:
Expect more video game delays during 2021
The pandemic has widely affected the video game industry as a whole, not just game development. The lack of a semiconductor that is largely responsible for the unavailability of the new consoles will be investigated by the Biden administration, but the games they face are a separate issue from the lack of hardware. Worldwide Studies (Arkane Lyon, Department Behind Deathloop, located in Lyon, France) have to adapt to home work scenarios while facing global financial problems.
Arkane is known for its detailed game worlds, specializing in the immersive sim genre with titles such as Disgraced i Booty, so that developers due to the impossibility of direct interaction with each other undoubtedly have an adverse effect on creating the desired player experience. Every other development studio is facing the same circumstances, so other video games scheduled for 2021 will be delayed more. Deathloop is simply the latest game to be postponed, but promises that the postponement was only a few months and not indefinitely, as it is shaping up to be one of the most promising releases of the year.
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