During tonight’s Sony State of Play, Bethesda showed off nine minutes of footage from Arkane’s upcoming game, Deathloop.
The video of the PC and PS5 title showed an exclusive extended gameplay walkthrough of the game where you’ll be trapped in a timeloop or Deathloop if you will, with your worst enemy.
In the video, protagonist Colt is on the hunt for Aleksis “The Wolf” Dorsey, one of eight key targets to eliminate before the day once again resets. There are various ways to reach and take down a target, and the video showed just one course of action.
Once Colt takes down Aleksis, he runs into his nemesis Julianna, who can be controlled by another player or AI. As you can see in the video, she gets the best of him, thus restarting Colt’s timeloop.
An interesting thing about these timeloops is they cause amnesia for everyone on Blackreef island, except one person – Juliana. Of course, after a certain amount of time stuck in this never-ending cycle the inhabitants start to experience side effects. Everyone on the island has amnesia, including Colt, all without any idea how long they have been repeating the same day.
Going back to the walkthrough, in the extended gameplay, you can see Colt pick something up after killing Aleksis. That’s an upgrade to his Karnesis ability, which lets him “toss people around like dolls.” Killing Visionaries will always provide you with a large reward, which can range from a new ability to a powerful upgrade.
But even though you restart each day without memories of the day prior, it doesn’t mean you have to start over from scratch. As you progress, you will discover an item called Residuum. Acquired by taking out Eternalists and Visionaries, once unlocked, Residuum can be spent between attempts to preserve abilities and pieces of gear permanently.
You will also have an ability called Reprise which is unlocked early in the game, and it ensures that death isn’t an “automatic restart.” If killed, you have two chances to rewind time a bit without restarting. But if you die a third time, the day will end. When you use Reprise, time only rewinds for Colt and leaves everything else on the island unaffected. This means that all enemies you killed are still dead.
It sounds like a really interesting game, and you will be able to pick it up on September 14.