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Deadlock (Video Game)

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Updated May 22, 2024 at 05:22PM EDT by Philipp.

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Deadlock, previously known as Neon Prime and Citadel, is a project name for an upcoming hero-based third-person shooter game rumored to be in development at Valve. Leaked online in mid-May 2024, the video game became a subject of viral subject of discussions on social media and gaming forums.


On October 26th, 2022, gaming industry insider Tyler McVicker reported on a rumor that game publisher and developer Valve was working on Neon Prime, a new video game at that time thought to be adjacent to DoTA.[1][2]

On May 16th, 2024, industry insider @gabefollower reported that the next Valve game, previously known as Neon Prime and Citadel, is a competitive third-person hero-based shooter Deadlock. According to the report, the game features usable abilities and items, tower defense mechanics, and is set in a steampunk fantasy setting. The post (shown below) garnered over 1,000 reposts and 11,000 likes on X[3] in one day.

Gabe Follower @gabefollower Deadlock. Next Valve game. Previously known as Neon Prime, Citadel. Competitive third person hero-based shooter. 6 vs 6 battling on huge map with 4 lanes. Usable abilities and items. Tower defense mechanics. Fantasy setting mixed with steampunk. Magicians, weird creatures and robots. Fast travel using floating rails, similar to Bioshock Infinite. • 10:16 AM May 16, 2024 1.5M Views

On the same day, several threads about the game were made on 4chan's /v/[4][5] board (example shown below, left). In one thread, several screenshots, allegedly from the ongoing alpha test of the game, were shared (example shown below, right).

DEADLOCK! BY VALVE 65KiB, 1280x720, maxresdefault.jpg View Same Google ImgOps SauceNAO Valve's Deadlock Information Anonymous Thu 16 May 2024 15:47:15 No.676635393 View Original Report [571/98/1] Quoted By: >>676635637 >>676635829 >>676635874 >>676636009 >>676636153 >>676636205 >>676636602 >>676636607 >>676637759 >>676638046 >>676638227 >>676638578 >>676638610 >>676640062 >>676640981 >>676641798 >>676642030 >>676642647 >>676643254 >>676643629 >>676644890 >>676644904 >>676648443 >>676649860 >>676651637 >>676651876 >>676652029 >>676652329 >>676653021 >>676653080 >>676654224 >>676655025 >>676655749 >>676656981 >>676657550 >>676659278 >>676660419 >>676661081 >>676662565 >>676663457 >Currently in Closed Alpha with hundreds of people playing. This initially included friends and family members of Valve employees, but invites have been spread more widely. >Competitive YouTubers have also been invited to play but they are under NDA >More of the game should be leaked soon >Announcement is likely imminent >It's a PC Exclusive. Most of the colours used in the game visual style is pink. File Edit View Help *6.5m/s © 0% 0 £2.0 O 625 1625 400 S SOULS TO NEXT о 1:15 0 25 63 Testing Tools Hold Alt Lane Challenge Last Hits: 0 Orbs Secured; O Orbs Denied: O 漫画 MATCH: 0 CLIENT FPS:158 PING: Oms SERVER CPU: 37% (peak: 43%)

Also on May 16th, insider Tyler McVicker uploaded a YouTube[6] video about the leak that garnered over 65,000 views in one day (shown below).

On May 16th, 2024, @gabefollower shared more previously leaked screenshots from the game in a post that received over 920 reposts and 6,300 likes on X[7] in one day (shown below).

Gabe Follower @gabefollower Since testers started sharing Deadlock screenshots all over the place, here's ones I can verify, featuring one of the heroes called Grey Talon. 51 625 Testing Tools Lane Challenge Last Hits: Obs Secured Os Dersed: 0 GREY TALON® Delivers long range skill-shots cunning predator, Grey Talon uses a combination of deadly accuracy, traps, and clever positioning to bring down the toughest of opponents. Hero Sandbox Get Started Overview Basic Controls Gaining Power Special Moves Introduction Lanes Walkers Base MORE YORK ST • • 11:33 PM May 16, 2024 868.6K Views Lanes There are four lanes, each with a transit line that players can ride to move quickly. Get Started E SONS MORE ESC Back Overview Basic Controls Gaining Power Special Moves Introduction Lanes Troopers Guardians Walkers Base لياليا E Red Cross Red Crest Lanes There are four lanes, each with a transit line that players can ride to move quickly. YORK ST

On May 22nd, 2024, a gameplay clip of Deadlock, leaked by a friend of Team Fortress 2 YouTuber Uncle Dane,[8] was widely circulated online (shown below).[9]

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