Redfall: Release Date, Gameplay, Trailer and More
Arkane has been on a roll ever since they burst into the mainstream with 2012’s Dishonored, and since then they've continued to develop titles that break the AAA mold creatively. Redfall looks to follow suit, after the reveal at E3 2021 showcased the co-op open world first-person-shooter. Centred around small-town America, it involves taking on a small army of vampires, and we've got everything you need to know about the Redfall release date, gameplay, trailers, and more. Interestingly, this is also the first Arkane game to release since the Bethesda acquisition.
Redfall Release Date
On May 12, Bethesda released a tweet confirming that Redfall had been pushed back to the first half of 2023, giving it a six-month release window. Initially, the game had a release window in the summer of 2022, but it seems the developers wanted to spend more time ironing out the experience. We're still yet to see actual gameplay of Redfall, so it's unknown how far along the game is and whether this is a bad sign on its progress. We'll make sure to update this guide once we get an official release date, so check back regularly.
The only trailer we’ve seen so far debuted at the Xbox conference during E3 2021, and was a cinematic trailer that highlighted the general premise of the game and the playable characters. In it we see the four characters investigating some cult activity in the town, before being caught and forced into a fight with vampires and their seemingly human soldiers. There’s a comedic tone that brings some levity to the seriousness and horror of the vampires that is shown through the characters' banter, reminiscent of Left 4 Dead and the more recent Back 4 Blood.
We also see some of the unique abilities the characters possess, such as Layla who uses telekinesis to aid her allies mobility, and Remi who has a little robot that can incapacitate enemies. It's just a cinematic trailer, but gives us a clue as to what the Redfall gameplay will entail.
Redfall Gameplay and Story
Redfall takes place in a small town in the state of Massachusetts that has been shut off from the world and drowned in endless darkness, after a failed experiment caused a legion of bioengineered vampires to invade. The player will choose from four playable characters all with unique abilities: cryptozoologist Devinder Crousley, telekinetic student Layla Ellison, combat engineer Remi de la Rosa, and supernatural sharpshooter Jacob Boyer. The game can be played fully in single-player or in co-operative modes with up to three friends.
There were some leaks recently via Imgur (though now deleted) that showed some playtest pictures and while it looks a little rough around the edges, it does show that Redfall development appears to be coming along nicely. There's no telling how old the screenshots in question are though, one of which you can see above, showcasing a beach with a lighthouse and a glimpse of the UI.
The leaks also showed us some new aspects like the coloured loot in the inventory screen and levels, suggesting the game will have some RPG elements. We also know the game will be open world - to what degree is still unknown - so it could be similar to Deathloop and Dishonored with different areas or one big seamless world. Redfall co-director, Ricardo Bare, also stated that the title will “still focus on deep worldbuilding and inventive game mechanics,” meaning it should continue Arkane’s tradition of innovative design in the AAA space.
As Arkane is now a part of the Xbox family due to the aforementioned Bethesda buyout, the title will be an Xbox Series X|S console exclusive. With that said, it will be released on PC at the same time as part of Xbox’s continued support of the platform, and it will also be a day one title on Xbox Game Pass. Result.
Stay tuned on GGRecon for more Redfall news and guides, along with our eventual review when the game launches.