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Sony loses PS5 exclusive Deathloop in September 2022



A cartoon illustration of Deathloop's protagonists fighting each other.

Picture: Bethesda / Arkane

Deathloop is one of the few, big PlayStation 5 exclusive releases this year, but it will never remain just on Sony’s next generation console. Now we know exactly when the exclusivity period ends: September 14, 2022.

Latest Deathloop trailer, which first appeared at Sony’s recent “State of Play” released on July 8 revealed a very short, easy to miss text at the end of the video it officially Deathloop will only be console exclusive to PS5 for one year. After September 14, 2022, the game can be viewed on other consoles. (Something to remember: Deathloop has always been scheduled for release on PC at launch.) It’s not hard to guess what “other consoles” mean in this context.

Deathloop is published by Bethesda and developed by Arkane, both of which are companies now owned by Xbox. Based on how Microsoft handles first-party games, it is very likely that shortly after Deathloop’s the exclusivity agreement is over and it goes to Gamepass for Xbox Series X / S.

First announced at E3 2019, Deathloop is the next game from Dishonest developers Arkane Studios. When it was first unveiled, no platforms were mentioned. But the following year we learned that Deathloop and another PS5 game released by Bethesda, Ghostwire Tokyo, would be time-limited exclusives. The question, of course, was how long this window would last.

Things got more complicated when Microsoft completed its acquisition of Bethesda earlier this year, though. Xbox CEO Phil Spencer confirmed that Microsoft and Xbox would respect all of Bethesda’s current contracts with other companies. Still, one of the biggest PS5 exclusives was one timed exclusive was developed by an Xbox studio. This even led to official Xbox Twitter account hyping up for a PlayStation event yesterday. Strange times, folks.

Losing an exclusive console is not always a big deal. But considering how really get next generation only games there is right now, eventually losing Deathloop (on top of losing Godfall) is not good for Sony, which needs to convince people to spend money on a new machine. The best way to do that has generally been fancy new exclusive games. But with big Sony titles like Horizon: Forbidden West and other coming to PS5 and PS4, it’s hard to make a good case for why someone even needs to buy a new console right now. (Provided you can even find one.)

Microsoft is undoubtedly doing the worst job of producing the next generation of hits, with virtually zero new, exclusive next-generation Xbox games out, and not many are coming soon. (One of the few, Medium, will hit the PS5 in September.) Even the next big one glory coming to Xbox One in addition to the X / S series. But Microsoft has also begun to focus on Game Pass and offer the Xbox on multiple platforms such as phones, making it not so dependent on large exclusive. Sony, on the other hand, needs them more than ever as news that indie devs are upset in the business continues to grow and more next generation games are being delayed.

Of course, until you can easily buy either the next generation console, for most, none of this matters. And now that it’s almost impossible to buy even current machines, like the PS4 Pro, it seems that most, not just Sony, will miss out on exclusive games for large consoles.




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