Despite being one of the biggest stinkers of 2023 so far, Xbox has allegedly not given up on Arkane’s vampire-hunting co-op game Redfall. Following the release of Starfield, Xbox isn’t giving up on its less critically beloved exclusive.
Bethesda’s head of communications Pete Hines revealed that Redfall is still going to be fixed and updated well into the future. While the title launched as a genuinely insulting Xbox exclusive, the title’s place in Xbox Game Pass means it needs to be fixed.
Speaking to GamesIndustry, Hines explained that the longevity of Game Pass games gives Arkane more of an incentive and more of a responsibility to fix Redfall instead of just moving on. While the studio is working on an immersive sim game more in-line with the studio’s thoroughly amazing Prey, Redfall’s revival is still on the table.
Hines explained that Redfall’s revival will be in the same vein as The Elder Scrolls Online and Fallout 76. While both of those games launched in abysmal, even hated, states, they’ve since been improved to the point of being more than playable.
“Redfall is no different for us,” Hines said. “Okay, we didn't get the start we wanted, but it's still a fun game… and we're going to keep working on it. We're going to do 60fps. We're going to get it to be a good game because we know, as a first-party studio, Game Pass lives forever. There will be people ten years from now who are going to join Game Pass, and Redfall will be there.”
While all eyes are pinned on Bethesda’s sci-fi space exploration RPG Starfield, Xbox fans and gamers worldwide have not forgotten the travesty that is Redfall. With Xbox’s exclusive state already in a rough state prior to Redfall’s launch, the game did more damage to the company than expected.
Nevertheless, Xbox is seemingly in a good position at the time of writing. On top of Starfield, the console brand is launching the long-anticipated Forza Motorsport later this year, with Fable, Avowed, Perfect Dark and more in the works.