During QuakeCon, Arkane Austin shared new details and footage about the upcoming open world co-op vampire slaying game Redfall. The video contrasts concept art, development footage, and gameplay with a commentary panel featuring Redfall’s core creative team.
Studio head Harvey Smith begins the video by claiming that Redfall is an extension of studio Arkane’s signature style in both co-op and open-world modes, although the video emphasizes that people who want to play alone will be well served. Redfall aspires to have a lived-in feel, with patrol routes that change with day-night cycles, weather systems including fog and rain, and random spawn points. Art director Karen Segars emphasizes the game’s scary tone rather than horrific. “There’s no jump scare…” she says, “but there’s always that edge, there could be anything just around the corner.” Players may even encounter strange cult structures or vampiric pocket dimensions, lending an uncanny bent to the game’s mundane setting.
As far as plot goes, Redfall is an explosive sci-fi take on Salem’s Lot. It starts with a tech start-up, Aevum Laboratories, buying property in the titular city and researching life extension. They end up turning into vampires. With this otherworldly extension of their earthly power, they take over the city. To unleash Redfall, players will have to battle vampire gods and underbosses, “bootlicker cultists” and other supernatural creatures.
Players will be able to choose from four heroes, featured in previous marketing material. The video focuses on two of the four heroes: Jacob Boyer can become invisible and specializes in long-range weapons like sniper rifles. Devinder Crousely uses various gadgets and area of effect abilities to fight off the vampiric hordes. Each character has a unique skill tree and is not easily mappable to predefined roles like “tank” or “healer”. If you’re playing co-op, many abilities also provide usable benefits to your allies.
Weapons come in a range from high-tech safety rifles to homemade stake-throwers to family heirlooms passed down. You can also petrify vampires with UV light and add spikes to regular weapons like a bayonet.
In 2021, Redfall was announced with a cinematic trailer and a 2022 release date. The game, along with Starfall, was delayed until 2023. If you’re looking for more information on the upcoming title, check out Jordan Ramée’s interview with the developers and learn everything we know about the cooperative shooter we know so far.
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