Redfall Developer Returns to Roots for Next Game

Redfall Developer Returns to Roots for Next Game

Arkane Studios’ Next Game: A Return to Form?

Almost three months after the highly disappointing launch of Redfall, Arkane Studios may be looking to redeem themselves with their next game. Known for their high-quality immersive sims like Dishonored and Prey, Arkane Studios has gained a reputation for creating exceptional gaming experiences. After the success of Arkane Lyon’s Deathloop in 2021, all eyes were on Arkane Austin’s Redfall as their first title under the Xbox banner.

However, Redfall missed the mark due to technical issues and questionable design choices, leaving players disappointed. This shift away from their signature single-player immersive sims to focus on a co-op looter shooter in an open-world setting was reportedly a decision made by Arkane’s parent company, ZeniMax, prior to its acquisition by Xbox. It seems that ZeniMax was aiming for more lucrative multiplayer titles, following the trend of games like Fallout 76 and Wolfenstein: Youngblood.

But now, with Arkane Austin regrouping and moving forward, there are signs that they may be returning to what made them great in the first place. A recent job posting on ZeniMax’s job board for a Lead Technical Engineer at Arkane Austin hinted at a return to single-player action RPGs and immersive sims, the very genres that define Arkane’s past work.

This shift back to their strengths makes sense considering that ZeniMax is now under the financial security of Microsoft’s umbrella. They no longer need their studios to venture into long-tailed multiplayer projects for profit. Instead, they can focus on allowing their studios to excel in what they do best. With this new direction, Arkane Austin may have the opportunity to attract back some of the talent that left after the disappointment of Redfall.

As for Arkane Austin’s next game, whether it will be Dishonored 3, Prey 2, or a completely new IP remains a mystery. Fans of the studio will likely have to wait several years before any concrete information is revealed. In the meantime, it’s worth mentioning that Redfall players on console are still waiting for the promised 60 FPS patch, which was supposed to be released in August. Hopefully, this much-needed performance upgrade will arrive sooner rather than later.

So, while we wait for news on Arkane’s next project, Redfall is available now for PC and Xbox Series X|S. Though it may not have lived up to expectations, it’s always worth giving it a shot and supporting a studio that has given us so many amazing games in the past.

Note: If you want to learn from Redfall’s failure and see it as an opportunity to reflect on the challenges faced by Starfield, be sure to check out our article on the subject.