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Deathloop cover
Arkane Studios
Bethesda Softworks
Void Engine[1]
Release dates
Windows September 14, 2021
Metacritic 87
OpenCritic 88
Monetization One-time game purchase, Subscription gaming service
Microtransactions Time-limited
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives First-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Immersive sim, Shooter, Action
Art styles Stylized
Themes Supernatural
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Deathloop is a first-person action, adventure and shooter game developed by Arkane Lyon and published by Bethesda Softworks.

The game serves as a slight departure from Arkane's previous releases, the Dishonored series and Prey, by featuring a time-loop mechanic, where players restart upon death, alongside a time-of-day that changes when moving between levels and forgoing any consequences for not playing stealthily. It also features a multiplayer "invasion" mode, where a player-controlled enemy must hunt down the main protagonist.[2]

After being delayed from an initial late 2020 release date due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and followed by subsequent further delays, Deathloop released on and Steam on September 14, 2021.[3][4]

Reviews by critics praised most of the game's elements, with detractors suggesting that it borrowed too much from Dishonored and that some areas of the game felt lacking, such as periods of backtracking and lacking NPC behavior.[5][6] Other reviewers additionally pointed out that a key element in Arkane's previous games, a quick save button, is intentionally omitted from Deathloop.[7] After the game released, it was additionally noted by user reviews and media outlets that the game can suffer from performance and stuttering issues on some systems, with an update releasing soon after to address stuttering during mouse movement and to confirm that the remaining issues were being investigated.[8][9] These issues were fixed in a patch released the following month. Further post-launch updates brought additional bug fixes, improved stability and performance, improved NPC-behavior, photo mode, DLSS, FSR 2.0, additional accessibility options and more.[10][11] [12]

General information

Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
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No disc included.
Deluxe Edition also available.
Epic Games Store
Epic Games Launcher
Deluxe Edition also available.
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Deluxe Edition also available.
Gamesplanet logo.svg
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Deluxe Edition also available.
Green Man Gaming
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Deluxe Edition also available.
Humble Store
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Deluxe Edition also available.
Microsoft Store
Microsoft Store
Xbox Play Anywhere. Included with Xbox Game Pass for PC. Deluxe Edition also available.
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Deluxe Edition also available.
Windows (unavailable) Launcher
Deluxe Edition. Standard Edition was also available.
All versions require a account and Denuvo Anti-Tamper DRM.

Version differences

The Deluxe Edition includes the Deluxe Pack as well as a digital soundtrack.


Type Notes
One-time game purchase The game requires an upfront purchase to access.
Subscription gaming service Available via Xbox Game Pass for PC.

DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
Pre-purchase entitlements Pre-orders came with the Storm Rider skin for Colt plus one Trinket.


Type Notes
Cosmetic Various skins for Colt, Julianna, and weapons.
The Deluxe Pack includes one skin for Colt, three weapon skins, two Trinkets, and one skin for Julianna.
The Hunting Pack, granting an exclusive skin for Colt, Julianna, and one weapon, can be claimed from Twitch Prime.
Arkane Outsiders members can claim the Eternalist Colt skin and the Ever After unique weapon.

Essential improvements

Skip intro videos

Skip company logos and legal warnings[13]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\base\video\.
  2. Rename, move or delete arkane.bk2, bethesda.bk2, legal.bk2 and warning.bk2.

More Options Mod

Adds Separated Sprint and Dodge Keys, precise ADS sensitivity, Options to disable Mouse Smoothing, Hitmarkers, and more.

Reduce loading times

Loading times are tied to framerate[14][citation needed]
Do not limit framerate with 3rd party limiters like Rivatuner statistics server or your Nvidia/AMD control panel[15]
Disable V-sync on your Nvidia/AMD control panel on this game's profile[16]
Only use the In-game Vsync and Frame limiter settings.[17]

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Saved Games\Arkane Studios\Deathloop\base\
Microsoft Store
Steam Play (Linux) <SteamLibrary-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/1252330/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Saved Games\Arkane Studios\Deathloop\base\savegame\<user-id>\
Microsoft Store %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\Packages\BethesdaSoftworks.ProjectPrism_3275kfvn8vcwc\SystemAppData\wgs\<user-id>\<user-id>\
Steam Play (Linux) <SteamLibrary-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/1252330/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing

Transfer save/progression between versions

Transfer save/progression from Steam to Microsoft Store/Game Pass version[18]
  • Open the Game Pass/Microsoft Store version and let the first cutscene playthrough, this ensures a save file is created.

Step 1 - Locate the Steam save game files

  1. In Windows File Explorer, in the top taskbar, the click on the 'View' drop-down window, hover over 'Show' and ensure 'File name extension' is checked.
  2. Locate the Steam save game files in:
  3. There should be two files named:
    • save.dloop and
  4. Copy the two files to somewhere easily accessible.

Step 2 - Remove Steam data from save files

  • Requires the use of a Source Code editor like Notepad++ or a Hex editor like HxD.
  1. One at a time, open the copies of the Steam save files in the editor of choice.
  2. Starting at the beginning of the documents, delete everything that comes before OOD, removing the first 76 bytes of each save file.
  3. For the smaller file,, delete:
    • Notepad++ example: b&úèSAVESOHNULNULNUL<user-id>NUL...(there should be 46 more NUL's before OOD, make sure to delete everything before OOD)
    • HxD example: Remove the first four rows along with the following 12 bytes, totaling 76 bytes removed.
  4. The process is the same for the larger file, save.dloop:
    • Notepad++ example: Delete, @zØ]SAVESOHNULNULNUL<user-id>NUL... and like before, all the NUL's before OOD
    • HxD example: Same as before, remove the first 76 bytes.
  5. Save, and close the editor.

Step 3 - Locate the Microsoft Store/Game Pass save files

  1. Locate the Game Pass/Microsoft Store save game files in:
    • %LOCALAPPDATA%\Packages\BethesdaSoftworks.ProjectPrism_3275kfvn8vcwc\SystemAppData\wgs\<user-id>\<user-id>\
    • (The files of interest are the two with long numerical names)
  2. Take note of which of the two aforementioned files is larger and which is smaller in size.
    • One may take up 1KB and the other 15-20KB or more.

Step 4 - Renaming the Steam save game files

  1. Replace the name of save.dloop with the name of the larger save file from the Microsoft Store/Game Pass version.
  2. Replace the name of with the name of the smaller save file from the Microsoft Store/Game Pass version.
    • The two smaller files should now share the same numerical name (with no file extensions), and the two bigger files now share the same name (again with no extension).

Step 5 - Replacing Microsoft Store/Game Pass save files with the renamed/edited Steam save files

  1. Drag and drop the newly edited Steam save files into the Microsoft Store/Game Pass version save directory, replacing and overwriting the existing files.
  2. Open the Microsoft Store/Game Pass version of DEATHLOOP
  3. Game save/progress has now automatically been backed up to the Xbox Cloud.


Video settings
Video settings
Advanced video settings
Advanced video settings

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
Hor+ gameplay at 21:9 aspect ratio. User interface elements are locked to 16:9.[19]
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Hor+ field of view from 65° to 110°.
Vertical FOV is adjusted with a fixed ratio of 16:9.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
No in-game option available
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Post-process "Low" and "High", TXAA, DLAA
High-fidelity upscaling
DLSS 2.3, FSR 1.0, FSR 2.0
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
Up to 120 FPS with Vsync disabled, or higher if Vsync is enabled on a display with a refresh rate higher than 120 Hz.[20]
High dynamic range display (HDR)
Requires HDR to be enabled in Windows.
Ray tracing (RT)
Supports ray traced sun shadows and ray traced ambient occlusion.


Keyboard and mouse control settings
Keyboard and mouse control settings
Key bindings
Key bindings


Volume settings
Volume settings
Audio output settings
Audio output settings
Language and subtitle settings
Language and subtitle settings

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Master, Music, SFX and Speech.
Surround sound
Also supports 3D Audio for stereo headphones.
Subtitle size can be adjusted between small, medium and large.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Royalty free audio


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Simplified Chinese
Traditional Chinese
Fan - #1
Brazilian Portuguese
Latin American Spanish
Fan translation by CidQu, here.


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
LAN play
Online play
2 Versus
Optional "invasions" by other players during gameplay.

Connection types


Protocol Port(s) and/or port range(s)[24]
TCP 27015, 27036
UDP 27015, 27031-27036
Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) support status is unknown.

VR support

3D modes State Notes
Z3D, DirectVR
Officially supported game, see official vorpx game list.

Other information


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 12
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes


Middleware Notes
Physics Havok
Interface Iggy
Cutscenes Bink Video v2.7p/v2.7.16.0
Multiplayer Epic Online Services

System requirements

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 10 (1909)
Processor (CPU) Intel Core i5-8400
AMD Ryzen 5 1600
System memory (RAM) 12 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 30 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060
AMD Radeon RX 580
6 GB of VRAM
DirectX 12 compatible
A 64-bit operating system is required.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Notes regarding Steam Play (Linux) data:


  1. Eurogamer - Deathloop is not at all what I expected - last accessed on 2021-09-06
  2. VG247 - Deathloop interview - a strange blend of Dishonored, Persona, Dark Souls and… Cluedo? - last accessed on 2021-09-13
  3. Polygon - Deathloop delayed to next year, says Arkane - last accessed on 2021-09-13
  4. Video Games Chronicle - Bethesda’s PS5 exclusive Deathloop has been delayed - last accessed on 2021-09-13
  5. Eurogamer - Deathloop review - not Arkane's most surprising game, but possibly its best - last accessed on 2021-09-13
  6. Gamepressure - Deathloop Review - Is Time’s on Arcane’s Side? - last accessed on 2021-09-13
  7. PC Gamer - Deathloop Review - last accessed on 2021-09-13
  8. Rock Paper Shotgun - Deathloop is out now, but some PC players report stuttering - last accessed on 2021-09-15
  9. Steam News: DEATHLOOP - DEATHLOOP PC Stuttering Issue Update - last accessed on 2021-09-25
  10. Update 1 - last accessed on 2022-08-19
  11. DEATHLOOP – Game Update 3 Full Patch Notes - last accessed on 2022-08-19
  12. 12.0 12.1 DEATHLOOP Game Update 2 Available Now - last accessed on 2022-08-19
  13. Verified by User:Shadowstealer7 on 2021-09-13
  14. Verified by User:Skyebaron1 on 2021-11-24
  15. Verified by User:Skyebaron1 on 2021-11-24
  16. Verified by User:Skyebaron1 on 2021-11-24
  17. Verified by User:Skyebaron1 on 2021-11-24
  18. Guide: Transfer Steam Saved Game to Game Pass - last accessed on 2022-11-23
  19. Verified by User:Shadowstealer7 on 2021-09-13
  20. Rock Paper Shotgun - Deathloop: PC performance guide and the best settings to use - last accessed on 2021-09-14
  21. Verified by User:Shadowstealer7 on 2021-09-13
  22. Game Update 1 - last accessed on 2022-08-19
  23. Verified by User:Shadowstealer7 on 2021-09-24
    After playing some of the game's online invasions it becomes obvious the game exhibits the standard behaviour found in P2P games, namely having to deal with rubber banding when the host has a poor connection
  24. Portforward - Open Ports on Your Router for Deathloop - last accessed on 2021-09-24