Deathloop Preview – Deadly Déjà Vu

Time loops are perhaps my favorite type of story structure in movies, but they’ve only recently been implemented into games. The Outer Wilds is an amazing example, but Deathloop from Arkane Lyon seems to take the concept to another level. How does the new PS5 title from the developers of Dishonored and Prey look? Let’s find out! Two Assassins, One Loop Deathloop is a new first-person action adventure that takes place in the “Black Reef,” which is caught in a never-ending cycle. As part of this loop, two assassins keep killing each other over and over again over the course of each loop. While the game originally had a launch window planned for PS5 in 2020, it has since been pushed back as per an announcement on the game’s Twitter page: To the community, an update on DEATHLOOP: — DEATHLOOP (@deathloop) August 18, 2020 Given the ambitious nature of the title and the ongoing global pandemic, it wasn’t difficult to see this coming. The game seems to offer a large open area with plnety of guns and possibly even powers as well. The abilities look like the kinds of things you saw in Dishonored or Prey and allow you to enhance your traversal or your attacks in various ways. Beyond the two assassins, it also appears that other enemies will play into the experience and further complicate matters. As with other Arkane games, the developers promise a lot of freedom in how you approach things, and also guarantee their signature level design, which is often extremely detailed and unique. Gameplay looks very similar to Dishonored with some flavors of Bioshock thrown in there. The weapons seem to have multiple firing modes as well, and the promise of playing as either assassin gives you some variety in both the story perspective and in the abilities available to you. I think the Dishonored formula could certainly benefit from a time loop structure, and the addition of other targets based on the latest PS5 gameplay trailer means you won’t always be fighting a single other assassin. The new release window for Deathloop is Q2 2021, so while we wait for more information, let us know how you like the look of Arkane’s next title in the comments! Article by – Bradley Ramsey Insert date – 8/24/2020

Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla Preview – Everything is Permitted

Well folks, the next Assassin’s Creed has been rumored to be a Viking-themed adventure for some time now, but it’s finally official! You all may remember that tease in The Division 2 that pretty much confirmed it, but now we have official word on Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla! Check out the trailer below, and all the first details on this next generation chapter of Assassin’s Creed! Two Protagonists, Two Systems Firstly, let’s get that trailer in here, shall we? It seems to be a CGI trailer, but hey, we still haven’t seen what kind of graphics the PS5 is capable of, just saying. The trailer itself is classic Ubisoft with awesome music and an eye for stunning cinematography. Interestingly, the narration comes from England, who see the Vikings as a scourge on the land. As they describe them, however, the actions we see in the trailer show them in a different light. A very cool way to look at how propaganda distorts the personality of those it targets. Of course it gets violent towards the end. There’s a moment where the protagonist in the trailer also spots a figure in a hooded robe and claims that “Odin is with us!” I’ll be honest, I saw the beard and thought it was Ezio, but that wouldn’t make any sense of course. Still, a man can dream right!? The finale of the trailer was superb as well, with a reveal of the hidden blade as a striking moment that solidifies this as an Assassin’s Creed game. We also know from Ubisoft that you’ll play as Eivor (it’s pronounced like AYY-vor), who can be a man or woman based on your preference. Nice to see that option again. You will lead your clan into battle against England in what Ubisoft describes as “more action-packed and brutal than anything Assassin’s Creed has seen before.” The release date is currently the 2020 “holiday season,” and it has been confirmed that we will see Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla on Xbox One, PS4, PC, Google Stadia, Xbox Series X, and of course the PS5. Read on to check out all the details behind the game’s creative and artistic reveal! One of The More Creative Reveals The reveal happened over the course of eight hours today on a stream where artist BossLogic drew the image you seen above in real-time. Ubisoft is known for being creative in their marketing. Just look at the intro to any one of their E3 showcases to see that. Even so, I’ve never seen a reveal done via digital painting, but I gotta say, I like the idea! For those without eight hours to spare (seriously, you’re in lockdown, what’s you excuse?), here is a time-lapse of the process via Ubisoft’s YouTube channel: While we don’t know much else currently, it’s safe to say that this new iteration of the series will most likely release on PS4 and PS5, much like Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag was a title for both systems (and a PS4 … Read More