Deathloop: First look at extended gameplay

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Deathloop: First look at extended gameplay

Rewind time to cheat death, lock in gear to use in future loops, and upgrade abilities by killing bosses more than once.

Prowling stealthily across rooftops or tearing through the streets of Blackreef in a hail of bullets. Finding a hidden entrance or busting in through the front door. There are many ways to reach your objectives in Deathloop. Our target in this extended look at the game is the Visionary Aleksis “The Wolf” Dorsey. Watch Colt infiltrate his well-guarded nightly party and take him down in this first extended look at Deathloop, with commentary from Dinga Bakaba, Game Director at Arkane Lyon.

Deathloop launches on console exclusively on PlayStation 5 on September 14, 2021.

Deathloop: First look at extended gameplay

Tips to master the island of Blackreef

If you were paying close attention in that gameplay, you might have noticed some handy tips for tackling Blackreef and its many obstacles.

The writing is on the wall… and in the air… and everywhere

All across Blackreef you’ll spot messages for Colt. Often they seem like helpful pieces of advice or guidance, but sometimes the messages are disjointed or confusing. They’ll start making more sense when you uncover more of the secrets hidden on the island, but you’ll learn to rely on them from the earliest moments of your adventure on Blackreef.

Watch and listen

Learning from each loop is vital to mastering the island and uncovering its secrets. Of course, there’s the high-value information regarding the Visionaries and their routines, but there are also smaller conversations happening everywhere on the island.  If you slow down and pay attention, you may learn something helpful. Like, maybe something a careless Eternalist lets slip about a back door into Aleksis’ party?

If at first you don’t succeed…

… Mix it up a little. Experiment with different playstyles. Maybe certain areas or missions are more suited to a stealthy, panther-like approach, while others are just begging for the razzle dazzle of an explosive entrance. You’re in a time loop. Play around and try something new.

Make their power your own

In the extended gameplay, you saw Colt pick something up after killing Aleksis. That was an upgrade to his Karnesis ability, which lets him toss people around like dolls. Killing Visionaries will always net you a huge reward, whether it’s a new ability or a powerful upgrade to an ability you already have, so it never hurts to kill them more than once. You’ll be able to keep your favorite abilities and upgrades, thanks to our next tip.

Save up that Residuum

As you progress through Deathloop, you’ll eventually discover something called Residuum as you take down Eternalists and Visionaries. Once unlocked, Residuum can be used between loops to lock in your favorite abilities or pieces of gear, meaning once you unlock something, you won’t have to unlock it again if you spend Residuum to add it to your arsenal permanently.


Reprise will be one of your closest allies on Blackreef. Thanks to this ability that you unlock early on in the game, death isn’t an automatic restart. If you’re killed, you’ll have two chances to do a little time rewinding without restarting the loop. Die a third time, however, and the loop will end. It should be noted that time only rewinds for Colt when you expend a Reprise. As you saw in the extended gameplay, everything else on Blackreef is unaffected by Reprise, meaning all enemies you killed before being taken down are still dead.

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  • Amazing showcase! I’ve loved all of Arkane’s games and I am so happy to be able to get my hands on this. See you on day one Blackreef! ;)

  • This isn’t the ps show that’s on August

  • The game looks fun might check it out

  • I hate that 9 mins of a State of Play was wasted on this. Don’t get me wrong I’m buying Deathloop but we’ve seen way too much of it at this point. There was nothing new revealed about it today because of that. Please don’t show it anymore before it comes out

  • NinjaRemoteplay

    Looks alright I expected more nexxtttt

  • Deathloop is it singleplayer?

  • LegoshiBeastMode

    is anyone genuinely excited for this? looks very mediocre.

    • Come on game looks good but just your typical FPS with some different things here and there.It’s a buy for me,very cheap of course since it’s ms game basically but I too see no reason to be excited about it.

  • What do you mean by “too poor to buy good studios and didn’t make any impressive acquisitions” ??…Housemarque not good in your book?…if the answer to that is “yes” then I’m sorry to tell you that you know nothing about quality in games and you’d need all xb*x games combined to reach the quality of a single Housemarque game.

  • I dig the 60s style but the loop concept not so much. Would’ve preferred traditional campaign like Dishonored.

  • i Can’t wait to play it. Arkane are my favorite devs and Dishonored 2 is my favorite game ever.

  • That gameplay demo sold me on this game

  • It’s funny how deathloop and ghostwrie Tokyo are 1 year ps5 timed exclusive lol that must suck to be a xbot only gamer lmao it’ll probably run better on the ps5 tbh

  • I don’t know if it is an ipad thing or the way this website is set up but in order to watch the video, I had to put my d.o.b. and the only way to do that was to scroll back 1 month at a time from the present. That would take too long! Even if I just pretended I was only 18, that’s 216 months I would have to scroll back! I couldn’t simply type it in. Consequently, I didn’t bother and didn’t get to watch the video.

  • So this would probably remind us of the movie “Paycheck” with Ben Affleck. He left cues for his self when he was going through like the time loop scenario.

  • I wanna see more ghost wire Tokyo looks more interesting than deathloop tbh

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