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Rumor: Arkane's Redfall Might Get Delayed to Holiday 2022

Rumor: Arkane's Redfall Might Get Delayed to Holiday 2022 - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 16 January 2022 / 1,494 Views

Publisher Bethesda Softworks and Dishonored developer Arkane Austin announced open-world cooperative first-person shooter, Redfall, for the Xbox Series X|S, PC, and Xbox Game Pass at E3 2021 with a Summer 2022 release window. 

YouTubers MrMattyPlays and Lord Cognito during a recent Defining Duke podcast via PureXbox said they have heard Redfall might miss its Summer 2022 release window and get delayed to Holiday 2022. 

"Redfall was the name that was floated, and this wouldn't surprise me when you really look at the lay of the land for this one," said MrMattyPlays. "I think this is one you'll see slip from Summer to Holiday [2022], and based on what we've heard, that would make a lot of sense."

Not much has been heard about Redfall since its initial announcement with a CGI trailer. During the pandemic many games have ended up getting delayed as the work from home has slowed down development on multiple titles. 


A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.


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19 Comments
gtotheunit91 (on 16 January 2022)

They’d be better off delaying to Spring 2023 so as to not go against Starfield.

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VAMatt gtotheunit91 (on 17 January 2022)

Well, what are the chances that Starfield gets delayed? I know there are some good signs pointing to the announced date being realistic. But, big games often get delayed in the best of times. Since Covid hit, I think nearly every AAA game has had a delay (usually more than 1).

Anyway, having Redfall as a backup makes sense. If one of their other big fall games gets delayed, at least they have something to slot in there.

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shikamaru317 VAMatt (on 17 January 2022)

Technically Starfield was already delayed once, just not publicly. Almost every insider had said that the game was aiming for a Holiday 2021 release, then at the last minute they all changed to predicting a 2022 release, which indicated that the 2022 release date was a last minute delay by Xbox/Bethesda leadership shortly before the E3 trailer. Also Todd Howard has said multiple times that he is confident in the 2022 release date and said that they wouldn't have listed a date that they couldn't hit. Considering how long Starfield has been in development for already, I really don't think it will get delayed.

I agree with gto that putting it out in the busy Holiday window close to games like Starfield and CoD Modern Warfare reboot #2 would be a mistake for sure, unfair to to the Arkane devs who will have spent 5 years building it by that point. MS as I see it has 2 options for Redfall, 1. hire a bunch of extra contractors or a support studio to assist them with reaching the original Summer 2022 release window, 2. Delay it to Q1 2023.

Option 2 may sound good on paper, but honestly Xbox already has so many other exclusives which are aiming for 2023 that I don't know if MS can even find a window for Redfall in 2023 where it won't be competing against another Xbox exclusive (Xbox games aiming for 2023 according to rumors and insiders include Contraband, Fable, Avowed, Hellblade 2, Project Mara, Grounded's full release, and Perfect Dark). Considering how busy 2023 already is for Xbox, I think the best bet for Redfall is to push as hard as possible to get it out in like August 2022 when it has little to no competition.

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Otter gtotheunit91 (on 18 January 2022)

Most likely very different games, If one comes November and the other December I think that'd be a pretty nice 1, 2 punch.

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chakkra (on 16 January 2022)

So Starfield, Redfall, and Stalker 2 all coming during the holidays? That would be an awful strategy; they better give them more room.

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trunkswd chakkra (on 16 January 2022)

Stalker 2 isn't by Microsoft, so that isn't up to them. I also don't see Starfield moving from its 11/11/22 release date as Todd Howard has stated - "We were confident about the date when we put that out there. Our main focus is just making the best game that we possibly can. It’s a very, very ambitious game, and we’ve been through this a number of times."

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aTokenYeti trunkswd (on 16 January 2022)

There was also a story out recently that Starfield is feature complete and fully playable as of December 2021 and all that’s left now is polish and QC. I think there will be a massive gameplay reveal at E3 and the chances of it missing it’s launch date is basically 0 at this point

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VAMatt aTokenYeti (on 17 January 2022)

Zero? That sounds awfully optimistic, considering how many delays we've seen in the last two years.

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Brimac19 aTokenYeti (on 17 January 2022)

Don’t believe everything you read & I wouldn’t hold my breath on this one if I were you!!!

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shikamaru317 (on 16 January 2022)

It would be really bad if 3 out of 4 Xbox 2022 AAA exclusives release in the final 2 months of the year. Hopefully Xbox is smart and hires additional contractors or assistance studios or whatever it takes to get Redfall out by September at the latest. It's bad enough that they have no AAA exclusive for Q2, would be even worse if they have no AAA exclusive for Q3 as well.

I'm really glad that 2022 should be the final year where Xbox has a drought of exclusives like this, they have so many 1st party studios and teams plus 2nd party projects in development right now that Xbox should easily have like six 1st/2nd party exclusives per year from 2023 onward, and probably 4 AAA's per year for 1 AAA per quarter.

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aTokenYeti shikamaru317 (on 16 January 2022)

I think if Microsoft was worried they would have bought Sony out of the Deathloop and Ghostwire Tokyo exclusivity deals.

This is actually one of the reasons I believe Microsoft is benefitting the most out of the 3 console manufacturers from the parts shortages. MS first party will be firing on all cylinders right as the shortage is easing up.

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method114 aTokenYeti (on 17 January 2022)

I disagree here a bit. Xbox for years now has been known for having a lack of content. IMO they need to be working on dispelling that ASAP. Not waiting until the console shortages stop and then hoping that people who have sat by and watched them barely release anything of note after all these years will now invest in them because for the past few months they've done well. Meanwhile their competitors are releasing hit after hit GOTY after GOTY consistently.

I bought my 360 because of games that were coming out that were all much better than what Sony was doing at the time. I went to ps4 after that because of Xbox's used game policy and now I've seen that company fall so hard from what they were. I want to see them turn things around quickly and I don't think continuing to have this drought of games is helping them at all.

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zakr1995 shikamaru317 (on 17 January 2022)

hell no, the last thing we need is more rushed games or devs under crunch. its ready when its ready

Microsoft will continue to get third party games into gamepass day 1, the series X will continue to be sold out and life goes on

Imo, it is unhealthy to start rushing and planning game release times, around other game release times, the only thing dictating your release time should be the progress of your game itself.

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shikamaru317 zakr1995 (on 17 January 2022)

Hence why I said get more devs either through contract positions or by contracting out a whole support studio. With more man-power they can avoid crunch on all devs involved. 300 devs can put out the same amount of manhours working 8 hours a day as 200 devs can put out working 12 hours a day.

And while Series X is likely to remain out of stock for 2022, we have reached a point now finally where even in the US Series S is readily available. If they want to keep Series S moving well, especially in weaker markets for Xbox, they need to have exclusives to move it, and right now it's looking like they will have no big exclusives between CrossFire in February and Starfield/Redfall in November. Big Day one gamepass deals for releases between CrossFireX in February and November's Starfield release like Tiny Tina's Wonderlands, LEGO Star Wars, Saints Row, etc. could help compensate somewhat for the lack of exclusives, but the fact remains that Sony will be releasing 4 AAA exclusives (Forspoken, Ghostwire Tokyo, GT7, and God of War Ragnarok if it's September release rumor holds true) during that March-October period where Xbox would have no AAA exclusives.

Gaming is a business, I don't think they can afford to just wait for games to be ready, not when doing so would leave them with no AAA exclusives for more than 6 months of the year. Crunch isn't necessary if you hire more manpower, and MS can use more manpower to get the game out before the end of their original Summer/Q3 release window. There is also the fact that Redfall will flop hard if MS puts it out in the same Holiday window as the much more popular Starfield (not to mention other Holiday games like CoD Modern Warfare reboot 2 and probably Suicide Squad from WB), Arkane deserves better than to see the game they have been working on since 2017 flop because MS chose to release it in the busiest release window of the year, they deserve to release the game a couple of months away from any huge game so that their game can have some limelight, July or August would be perfect because nothing big ever releases in July or August except for yearly Madden in August usually.

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VAMatt zakr1995 (on 17 January 2022)

This ignores the realities of business. These companies don't make games for fun. They make games to generate profits. Scheduling is necessary for that.

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pitzy272 (on 17 January 2022)

Man, the inside scoops lately are really being brought by Colin and his team. Last Stand Media continuing to bring it! (For any who didn’t know? The Defining Duke Xbox podcast with MrMattyPlays and Lord Cognito is a part of Colin Moriarty’s Last Stand Media.)

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Livewitharya (on 17 January 2022)

Starfield alone will help Xbox to sell at least 1 million consoles in 2022s Black friday week and now they are putting 3 or maybe 4 different games AAA exclusives around the same time (Starfield, Redfall, Forza Motorsport and STALKER 2). I think each game will eat on other's player base. What happened to one first party AAA each quarter strategy.

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VAMatt Livewitharya (on 17 January 2022)

Series X would probably sell 1 million consoles this week if MS could bring 1 million of them to market.

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Livewitharya VAMatt (on 18 January 2022)

They just acquired Activision Blizzard so you are not wrong.

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