I know I was looking forward to playing Arkane’s Deathloop, which hit fast and hard at PlayStation’s Future of Gaming Showcase in June. Here I was, thinking this holiday season would revolve around me playing Spider-Man: Miles Morales and Deathloop, but it looks like that isn’t the case any longer.
Arkane shared the news that their newest game is now moving to release in Q2 2021. On Twitter, the developer explained the decision to delay the game, allowing the studio to “bring Deathloop’s world to life with as much character and fun as you’ve come to expect from our team.”
To the community, an update on DEATHLOOP: pic.twitter.com/XveoG6AgoT
— DEATHLOOP (@deathloop) August 18, 2020
I don’t blame them either, it’s been a hard year for everyone with the ongoing pandemic either, which I’m sure has made things much harder for developers all working from home. “The health and safety of everyone at Arkane remain our top priority. As we’ve adjusted to work-from-home, we found that delivering this new and exciting experience, at the polish and quality level that defines both an Arkane game and a true next-gen experience, is taking longer than normal.”
Thankfully, the PlayStation 5 is launching with several exciting games. I prefer a game to be delayed and worked on, rather than launching prematurely and causing grief for players and developers alike. Any time a studio announces a delay, I know full well the reaction will be mixed but developers need to be encouraged to do the right thing for consumers.