Arkane’s upcoming vampire-slaying co-op FPS romp redfall (opens in new tab) came to the Xbox and Bethesda showcase with a hefty new gameplay video and release date. The deep dive video was all about Redfall’s open-world activities, player skills, and vampire neighborhood lords. The launch date is not too far away May 2.
Arkane paid a bit of an ode to its “greatest setting ever,” the island town of Redfall that stretches from the downtown shops to a forest and boardwalk. There are also ‘home base’ locations that act as safe houses for your squad to resupply and pick up missions from survivors – a fire station in the case of the new video. You stomp your way to wipe out vampires by breaking into everything from lighthouses to breweries to suburban townhouses in the city. Beyond that, “psychic spaces” across the island will draw you into reality-bending vampire dens and other pockets with less-than-real space to clean up.
My obsessive map clearing ears perked up when Arkane started talking about systematically getting rid of vampires in the neighborhoods of Redfall by exploring safehouses and working your way up to fight the area’s leech-in-chief called the ‘underboss’. which has its own special abilities.
There’s a whopping 11 minutes of new footage to browse for those curious about specific character abilities, vampire abilities, and customizable bayonet-style vampire batons that you can attach to your guns.
Redfall will now officially launch on May 2, 2023 Steamthe Epic store, and Game Pass. Or at least that’s what Bethesda has announced, even though both store pages currently say May 1st. I’ll blame the time zones until we hear otherwise.