Redfall is a vampire-hunting shooter game developed by Arkane Austin and published by Bethesda Softworks. It was released in May 2023 for Windows PC and Xbox Series X|S. The game is set in a fictional island town of Redfall, Massachusetts, where a mysterious cult has unleashed a horde of bloodthirsty vampires. Players can choose from four different heroes, each with their own abilities and weapons, and team up with other players or play solo to fight the undead menace.
What’s new in the update?
On Friday, October 6, 2023, Arkane Austin announced the second game update for Redfall, which brings a number of improvements and additions to the game. The most notable feature is the performance mode on Xbox Series X|S, which allows console players to enjoy the game at a higher frame rate of 60 frames per second (FPS). This mode was promised before the game’s launch, but was delayed due to technical issues.
The update also adds stealth takedowns, which let players sneak up on unsuspecting enemies and eliminate them quietly. This adds a new layer of strategy and challenge to the game, as players can choose to avoid direct confrontation and use the environment to their advantage. Additionally, the update introduces more enemies in the open world, some changes to controller settings, improvements to screen narration, and various bug fixes and stability enhancements.
How to access the performance mode?
To enable the performance mode on Xbox Series X|S, players need to go to the game’s settings menu and select the display option. There, they can toggle between quality mode and performance mode. Quality mode offers higher resolution and graphical fidelity, while performance mode prioritizes smoother gameplay and responsiveness. Players can switch between the modes at any time during the game.
How has the update been received?
The update has been welcomed by many fans of Redfall, who have been waiting for the performance mode since the game’s release. Some players have reported that the game feels more fluid and responsive with the higher frame rate, and that the stealth takedowns are satisfying and fun. Others have praised Arkane Austin for listening to the feedback and addressing some of the issues that plagued the game at launch.
However, some players have also expressed their disappointment with the game’s overall state, saying that it still suffers from bugs, glitches, and poor optimization. Some have also criticized the game’s lack of content, variety, and replay value, saying that it does not live up to the expectations set by Arkane’s previous titles such as Dishonored and Prey. Some have even questioned the game’s popularity and relevance, citing its low player count on Steam and its mixed reviews from critics and users.
What’s next for Redfall?
Despite the mixed reception, Arkane Austin has assured that it is committed to supporting and improving Redfall in the future. The developer has already revealed that two new DLC characters are in the works, which will add more diversity and options to the game’s roster. The developer has also promised to deliver more updates and patches that will address some of the remaining issues and enhance the game’s quality and performance.
Redfall is available now for Windows PC and Xbox Series X|S. It is also included in Xbox Game Pass, which offers access to over 100 games for a monthly subscription fee.