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Redfall: Everything we know so far

Redfall artwork
(Image credit: Arkane)

You could think of Redfall as a mix of Back 4 Blood multiplayer action with the powers and quirks of Deathloop, though it also looks like a game to be judged on its own merits as well. 

Redfall will see four players take on a mix of vampires in the seemingly quiet and titular town of Redfall. 

It'll be somewhat exclusive too, coming on Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S and Windows PC, as well as Xbox Game Pass on day one of its launch; sorry, PS5 fans. 

There's not a lot of solid information about Redfall thus far, despite it being slated for a 2022 release. While we expect to get plenty of fresh information in the coming months, for now, here’s everything we currently know about Redfall. 

Redfall release date 

Redfall release date

Redfall is coming summer 2022 (Image credit: Bethesda)

Redfall has been dated for summer 2022 release. That would suggest the game will likely arrive at some point between June and September, assuming it doesn’t hit any development roadblocks and require a delay.  

Curiously, the name Redfall has been known for a while due to a trademark dispute in 2019. It was assumed at the time that Redfall was the subtitle for The Elder Scrolls 6, but it turns out it actually refers to Arkane’s new shooter. 

This would suggest the game is actually fairly far into its development cycle. Hopefully, that means that Arkane is pretty confident about hitting that summer 2022 release window. 

Redfall trailer

Redfall was announced via a 5-minute cinematic trailer. Unfortunately, there’s no game footage within the video, but it does do a good job of setting the mood and introducing Redfall’s snarky cast of characters. 

Redfall gameplay 

Redfall

Redfall gameplay has yet to be revealed (Image credit: Bethesda)

According to Arkane, Redfall will be an first-person “open-world co-op shooter." Aside from that and the idea that players will be pitted against hordes of vampires, and equipped with a load of guns and powers to slay them, we've not seen Redfall in action. 

The game world itself is described as “ever-changing” and as a setting that will “react to your choices and actions." This could give the game a large amount of replayability as your actions/choices could have dramatic consequences. 

However, a quartet of seemingly leaked screenshots and photos of the game in action were surfaced recently. It's tricky to tell how nice the game looks given the fidelity of the shots, but we get a glimpse of the Redfall location and a first-perosn view. Expect to see proper game play at a Microsoft and Bethesda showcase, likely at a virtual E3 this year.  

Alleged leaked Redfall photos

(Image credit: @marlisjun on Twitter)

Additional gameplay details have surfaced thanks to a Reddit leak which even includes a range of unreleased screenshots from the game that show off the loadout screen and something called the "Loot Zoo." 

Furthermore, loot is grouped in one of five rarity tiers, high-end weapons are level-gated and there will be an item shop — it all definitely sounds like a looter-shooter to us. 

Redfall leaked image

(Image credit: RagnarokTyr)

Other elements observed in the leak include weapon information, such as a beam rifle that shoots UV rays, the existence of six playable characters (we've only seen four officially), and that the open world will be seamless with various side missions to compete alongside the main quest. 

While it's been confirmed by Arkane that Redfall will be played from a first-person perspective, images from this leak suggest third-person could be an option as well. However, there is also the chance these screenshots were taken in a development mode rather than during actual gameplay. Considering Arkane's first-person pedigree it seems pretty likely that Redfall will be skipping a third-person mode.

While the information contained within this leak is certainly intriguing, it should all be taken with a grain of salt. The leak does look legitimate but it could be a convincing fake or ultimately be information and screenshots taken from an older version of the game that has since been reworked. 

Redfall characters 

Redfall characters

Redfall looks to have four primary playable characters (Image credit: Bethesda)

Redfall’s trailer introduces us to four playable heroes: Devinder Crousley, Layla Ellison, Jacob Boyer, and Remi De La Rosa. Each character will have their own personality and their own abilities on the battlefield.

These unique powers include Remi being able to control a robot companion, and Layla having telekinetic powers. It seems that each character will play substantially different from the rest, and finding out which one suits your playstyle will be a big part of the fun. 

We’ve also got a look at the various villains of Redfall. These include uber-powerful vampires, but also a human cult that worships the creatures of the night. Our heroic foursome will have to do battle with both in order to survive till dawn. 

The Redfall website fills in some of the blanks when it comes to the game’s setting as well. Redfall is set in a world where a science experiment gone wrong accidentally created vampires. These creatures are continuing to evolve as well, so expect multiple classes of bloodsuckers hunting you down. 

These former humans have managed to isolate the island and have blocked out the sun leading to never-ending darkness in a small Massachusetts town. It’ll be up to you, and your co-op companions, to prevent the titular Redfall from being bled dry. 

Redfall Xbox and PC exclusivity 

In 2020, Microsoft purchased ZeniMax, Bethesda’s parent company. Arkane is one of Bethesda’s studios, so the developer is now also owned by Microsoft. 

While Arkane’s next game, Deathloop, is actually a timed PS5 exclusive (that exclusivity deal was signed before Microsoft’s acquisition), Redfall will not be coming to Sony’s latest games console. 

Redfall is confirmed to be exclusive to Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, and PC.

Redfall outlook 

Redfall screenshot

Redfall will be full of vampires (Image credit: Bethesda)

There’s definitely not a shortage of co-op shooters in the pipeline, but Redfall looks like it could stand out. 

Thanks to its quirky characters and its fairly refreshing enemy types, Redfall has an awful lot going for it. Arkane is among the industry’s most beloved developers, so with its pedigree, it’s fair to say that expectations for Redfall are high.

Hopefully over the next twelve months, as we get closer to Redfall’s summer release date, we see plenty more of this upcoming game.  

Rory Mellon

Rory is a Deals Editor at Tom’s Guide based in the UK. He covers a wide range of topics but with a particular focus on deals, gaming and streaming. When he’s not scouring retailers for PS5 restock or writing hot takes on the latest gaming hardware and streaming shows, he can be found attending music festivals and being thoroughly disappointed by his terrible football team.  

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