Despite the hype, the game has suffered in the public eye. Multiple delays and controversy over where the title would end up following the Bethesda purchase by Microsoft have stained the game's legacy before it even releases. However, that could all be forgotten if the game that releases is as good as the trailers lead you to believe.
Deathloop was hit hard by delays, and the COVID-19 pandemic only made things worse. Originally announced in 2019, Deathloop was delayed several times from its original 2020 release date. After announcing a planned May 2021 release date, the game was again delayed. Currently, Deathloop is scheduled to release September 14, 2021 on the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5, roughly one year after its original intended release. In addition to the Standard release, a Deluxe edition is available that includes pre-order bonuses such as character skins, weapon cosmetics and unique weapons.
Despite the acquisition of ZeniMax and its subsidiary Bethesda, Deathloop will maintain its original plans of console exclusivity, as confirmed by Xbox Game Studios head Phil Spencer. Versions of the game will release for other consoles when that exclusivity window ends in September 2022.