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Xbox players can finally get in the Deathloop next week

Starting next week, Arkane’s mysterious kill ’em all Groundhog Day experience called Deathloop will no longer be a PlayStation console exclusive. Honoring the vow made when the game launched one year ago, Microsoft is now seizing the opportunity to take the frantic shooter to its own ecosystem. And since Deathloop publisher Bethesda and Microsoft are in cahoots, special treats are thrown in as a bonus. Cha-ching, maddafakkas!

The biggest, but also the most obvious bonus, is Game Pass inclusion. As of September 20, Deathloop will be added to the ever-expanding list of Xbox Game Pass titles. To ensure that PlayStation players don’t feel left out of the loop, Deathloop will also to the PlayStation Plus catalog. Fair enough, I suppose.

To celebrate the end of an exclusivity era, Arkane Studios will even throw in the Goldenloop update, adding new weapons, new enemies, and new upgrades to the mix. Take the Halps Prototype, for example. Who doesn’t want to blast people’s faces off with an energy-based rifle that fires a continuous laser-like beam? Yeah, thought so. Or what about that Fugue ability, con-fugue-ing the fuck out of targets and making them temporarily harmless? Sounds sweet to me!

Speaking of enemies needing a good up-fucking… Paint-bombers. As if regular Eternalists weren’t enough of a butt-pain, Paint-bombers are being added to bring some color to your inevitable demise. Because if you’re going out with a bang, it might as well be a colorful, splashy one. Kamikaze paint-wielding a-holes craving to give you a mortal hug… that’s just aces, man. Just keep in mind that The Only Thing They Smear Is You*

Players looking to fill Juliana’s shoes in the hunt for Colt are also getting a much-deserved freebie. Because neat as Juliana’s abilities might be, Masquerade might have felt a bit “underappreciated”. Well, that ability is getting a lot of appreciation now. Four Masquerade upgrade options are being added: Ensemble, Mend, Expose, and Incognito. What are those, you ask? Take a peek below.

  • Ensemble: Target up to three NPCs with Masquerade
  • Mend: Regenerate health while using Masquerade on an NPC
  • Expose: When an NPC affected by Masquerade dies or spots Colt, Colt is automatically tagged
  • Incognito: Damage taken while using Masquerade is converted to Energy

Last but not least, Deathloop will get enriched with 19 additional trinkets. Because Deathloop ain’t shit without them. And they’re not just any trinkets, no sir. We’re dealing with fancy 2-in-1 trinkets, combining the abilities of two existing specimens into a brand-new one. I know, sounds suuuuper con”fusing” (get it… fusing? Because we’re fusing trinkets?), so I’m going to let Senior Content Manager Anne Lewis explain this one.

“19 new trinkets have been added to DEATHLOOP, but these trinkets aren’t like the ones you’re used to. These 2-in-1 trinkets all combine the abilities of two existing trinkets. Take the new ‘Wrecking Ball’ trinket, for example, which fuses the existing ‘Sprinter’ (move faster) and ‘Unstoppable Force’ (damage an enemy by sprinting into them) trinkets. Or ‘Rolling In It’, which is a blend of ‘Deep Pockets’ (carry more ammo) and ‘Stab N Grab’ (receive ammo from melee kills). Snag one of these dual-purpose trinkets to free up some space in your gear for new trinket possibilities.”

Colt and Julianna in Deathloop

Great stuff, Anne. Couldn’t have explained it better. And to think that all of this is coming next week! But wait, there’s even more. As an ultimate cherry on top, Deathloop is also adding crossplay support for PvP across PSN, Xbox, Steam, Epic, and the Microsoft Store environments. So make sure to set Cross-Platform Matchmaking to ‘Any’ and you’ll be ruining other people’s stroll through Blackreef in no time.

*I really, really hope you got that DOOM Eternal pun, by the way…