The developer of the popular first-person shooter Deathloop has acknowledged that it is in fact connected to its other well-known franchise, Dishonored. Deathloop was initially released in 2021. Fans have been asking developer Arkane Studios about a possible connection between the two properties ever since Deathloop debuted last year. Despite being silent at this period, Arkane has now decided to formally declare that Deathloop and Dishonored are based in the same universe.
Director of Deathloop Dinga Bakaba recently acknowledged on the Xbox Podcast that the game and Dishonored are set in the same universe. According to Bakaba, Dishonored: Death of the Outsider’s events are planned to take place “in one of the futures” in Deathloop. Bakaba added that the Arkane team included multiple Easter eggs within Deathloop to connect it to Dishonored, even if this connection between the two games wasn’t meant to be overtly obvious.
“There are a lot of clues in the game, actually,” Bakaba said of Deathloop’s callbacks to Dishonored. “There are some that are abused. One of them is really spoiler-y, so voila. But there are a lot of small things, and some that were under people’s noses all the time, but people are just figuring out.”
Even if the Dishonored series and Deathloop both take place in the same environment, it doesn’t seem like this connection was always intended. Bakaba went on to clarify that the linkages to Dishonored were introduced into Deathloop throughout the production process rather than being thought of as a spin-off to Dishonored. Fans should be pleased that the studio has at least now validated these long-running rumours, even if we may not see a more direct crossover between Deathloop and Dishonored in the future.