death loop, a great time-loop puzzle box in the guise of a first-person shooter, is now available on Xbox. Until now, Arkane Lyon’s most recent game was exclusive to the PlayStation 5 console (it was also available on PC). However, as of today, it is playable on Xbox Series X/S via Xbox Game Pass, as well as on Xbox One, tablets, phones, and desktop browsers through cloud gaming. PC Game Pass subscribers can also watch it on their gaming rig at no extra cost. In addition, PS Plus Extra and Premium members now have access to death loop on PS5 as part of their subscription.
It is not so surprising that death loop landed on Xbox Game Pass after the PS5 exclusivity window closed. Arkane Lyon and publisher Bethesda Softworks are now owned by Microsoft, which has signed Sony’s exclusivity agreements for death loop and Ghostwire: Tokyo following the completion of the ZeniMax Media acquisition.
Meanwhile, Arkane . has rolled a free death loop update called Golden Loop. It introduces cross-play for player-to-player matchmaking on all platforms, as well as cross-saves on Xbox and PC. There’s a new ability called Fugue, a projectile that can slow and confuse targets to render them harmless for short periods of time. There are four Fugue upgrades to discover, including one that lets you deploy the projectile as an approach mine on a surface. Julianna’s Masquerade ability now has some upgrades too.
Players gain access to a new weapon, the Halps Prototype. This is a laser gun with a beam that you can bounce off turrets and security cameras to hit enemies from surprising angles with bank shots. The Paint-Bomber is a new enemy that rushes towards you with paint-filled explosives attached to it. Elsewhere, there are new 2-in-1 trinkets that combine the effects of two previous trinkets to boost your gear and perhaps free up some space in your inventory for other perks. Arkane also said the update will bring an extended ending and some new secrets death loop.
In addition, Microsoft has revealed details about several more titles coming to Game Pass in the coming weeks. Among them is Hardspace: Shipbreaker, a puzzle game in which you cut up old spaceships to salvage them. That’s available today for Xbox Series X/S and through the cloud. Slime Rancher 2 coming to PC, Series X/S and Xbox Cloud Gaming via Game Pass on the September 22 release date. As for the hit survival title Valheim, which will land on PC Game Pass on September 29, ahead of an upcoming console release.
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