Deathloop PS5 exclusivity likely to last one-year, despite Microsoft/Bethesda buyout

Why would the Fine Print lie?

Super-cool shooter Deathloop is likely to retain its PS5 console exclusivity for an entire year, despite publisher Bethesda Softwares now being in the care of Microsoft. The most recent trailer for Arkane Studio’s time-warpin’ shooter includes a teeny disclaimer suggesting that Deathloop is unlikely to be seen on any other console until mid-September 2022.

Deathloop is one of the few Bethesda releases that just got the ink dried on its contracts ahead of the buyout, which saw Microsoft purchase ZeniMax Media, (and subsidiary Bethesda), for a cool $7.5 billion back in September 2020. While all of Bethesda’s upcoming releases — such as Starfield, Redfall, and Indiana Jones — will be at the whims of Microsoft’s decision-making, Deathloop should retain its one-year PlayStation console exclusivity (though it will still be available on PC.)

Launching on PS5 and PC on September 14, Deathloop will tell the tale of top-tier assassin, Colt, who finds himself trapped within a time loop on the mysterious island of Blackreef. At the mercy of some of the planet’s greatest killers, Colt must find the quickest, most efficient way of taking out his fellow predators, while staying one step ahead of death and, scarier still, deadly femme fatale Julianna, who is tasked with stopping Colt and protecting the time loop at all costs.

You can check out our own Eric van Allen’s thoughts on Deathloop in his preview right here.

Chris Moyse
Senior Editor - Chris has been playing video games since the 1980s. Former Saturday Night Slam Master. Graduated from Galaxy High with honors.