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Arkane Studios
Bethesda Softworks
Void Engine[1]
Release dates
Windows September 14, 2021
Metacritic 87
OpenCritic 88
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] Although the PC release is not missing any features from other versions of the game, two "unique weapons" are omitted from the Deluxe Edition and pre-order bonuses, due to those items being console exclusive.[5]

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.[6][7] Other reviewers additionally pointed out that a key element in Arkane's previous games, a quick save button, is intentionally omitted from Deathloop.[8] 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.[9][10] These issues were fixed in a patch released the following month.

General information

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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.
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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.
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Deluxe Edition also available.
Windows (unavailable) Launcher
Deluxe Edition. Standard Edition also available.
All versions require a account and Denuvo Anti-Tamper DRM.
The Royal Protector Machete and Transtar Trencher are PlayStation 5 exclusive.

Version differences[edit]

Deluxe Edition includes two character skins, two weapon skins, two Trinkets and a selection of the game's soundtrack.
Pre-orders included the Storm Rider skin for Colt and one Trinket.

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Skip company logos and legal warnings[11]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\base\video\.
  2. Rename, move or delete arkane.bk2, bethesda.bk2, legal.bk2 and warning.bk2.

Reduce loading times[edit]

Loading times are tied to framerate[12]
  1. Do not limit framerate with 3rd party limiters like Rivatuner statistics server or your Nvidia/AMD control panel.
  2. Disable V-sync on your Nvidia/AMD control panel on this game's profile.
  3. Only use the In-game Vsync and Frame limiter settings.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

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

Save game data location[edit]

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

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Epic Games Launcher
Steam 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.[13]
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)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Post-process anti-aliasing. DLSS is supported.
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.[14]
High dynamic range display (HDR)
Requires HDR to be enabled in Windows.
Ray tracing
Supports ray traced shadows and ray traced ambient occlusion.
Supports FidelityFX Super Resolution.


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

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Separate sensitivity adjustment available for aiming down sights.
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
Full controller support
Controller remapping
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Controller sensitivity
Separate sliders for X-axis and Y-axis.
Controller Y-axis inversion
Controller types
XInput-compatible controllers
Xbox button prompts
Impulse Trigger vibration
DualShock 4 controllers
DualSense is also natively supported, including adaptive triggers.[15]
DualShock button prompts
Light bar support
Connection modes Wired
DualSense tested
Generic/other controllers
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Additional information
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Simultaneous controller+KB/M


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


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Simplified Chinese
Traditional Chinese
Brazilian Portuguese
Latin American Spanish


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)[17]
TCP 27015, 27036
UDP 27015, 27031-27036
Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) support status is unknown.

VR support[edit]

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

Other information[edit]


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


Middleware Notes
Physics Havok
Interface Iggy Game UI
Cutscenes Bink Video
Multiplayer Epic Online Services

System requirements[edit]

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 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/1252330/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (1252330) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.


  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. {{{title}}} - last accessed on 2021-09-25
  6. Eurogamer - Deathloop review - not Arkane's most surprising game, but possibly its best - last accessed on 2021-09-13
  7. Gamepressure - Deathloop Review - Is Time’s on Arcane’s Side? - last accessed on 2021-09-13
  8. PC Gamer - Deathloop Review - last accessed on 2021-09-13
  9. Rock Paper Shotgun - Deathloop is out now, but some PC players report stuttering - last accessed on 2021-09-15
  10. Steam News: DEATHLOOP - DEATHLOOP PC Stuttering Issue Update - last accessed on 2021-09-25
  11. Verified by User:Shadowstealer7 on 2021-09-13
  12. Verified by User:Skyebaron1 on 2021-11-24
  13. Verified by User:Shadowstealer7 on 2021-09-13
  14. Rock Paper Shotgun - Deathloop: PC performance guide and the best settings to use - last accessed on 2021-09-14
  15. Verified by User:Shadowstealer7 on 2021-09-13
  16. 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
  17. Portforward - Open Ports on Your Router for Deathloop - last accessed on 2021-09-24