It’s not often we have a State of Play to feature a title set as exclusive to be of much interest to Xbox fans however, Deathloop has gotten that interest.
What has this have to do with Xbox?
Cast your mind back to September last year. As we know Microsoft announced the purchase of ZeniMax Media. But for those unaware, they are the parent company of Bethesda Softworks. This was confirmed as a completed acquisition back in March. Therefore bringing to the Xbox family such studios as:
- Bethesda Game Studios
- id Software
- ZeniMax Online Studios
- Tango Gameworks
- Alpha Dog
- Roundhouse Studios
Now we see Arkane mentioned, part of the Microsoft purchase, and has joined the Xbox family. And as we may know, one of their titles is Deathloop.
On the State of Play presentation, Arkane showed gameplay from the PlayStation 5 version.
So we know Xbox own the studio, why is Deathloop of interest?
Towards the end of the trailer below, it states its a PlayStation 5 console exclusive but the interesting part is the fine print at the bottom
Also available on PC. Not available on other consoles until at least 09/14/22″
So it seems this will appear on Xbox or maybe even the Switch but not till a year after launch. And because of the ZeniMax purchase, we should see this launch day 1 on the Gamepass service.
Phil Spencer spoke of the trailer shown saying he was excited about the project.
We will likely see a similar situation with the upcoming release from Tango Gameworks. Ghostwire Tokyo is a PlayStation exclusive but due to the buyout, we will likely see some sort of timed PlayStation exclusive spell before launching on Xbox and in game pass day 1. But naturally this isn’t confirmed, however the situation mirrors that of the Deathloop release.