Microsoft says it has no intentions of shutting down developer Arkane Austin after the disastrous launch of Redfall last month. Given Arkane’s reputation for delivering mostly solid single-player games in the past, many players expected Redfall to be another knockout hit from the acclaimed studio. Unfortunately, the co-op vampire action game was met with some of the lowest review scores for a AAA release in 2023 and fans feared the worst might happen to Arkane Austin.
Speaking to Axios recently, Xbox Game Studios boss Matt Booty said Microsoft has no intention of shutting down Arkane Austin despite the poor reception of Redfall. Booty stated that the studio is currently hard at work fixing the game as much as possible. “They are hard at work on updates and continued content for Redfall,” said Booty.
In an industry where one major slip-up can often result in most studios closing its doors, it’s good to know that Xbox seems to trust Arkane Austin’s process of updating Redfall and isn’t pulling the trigger.
Redfall received its first major patch last week, delivering “incremental improvements to gameplay, combat, AI, environment, stability, multiplayer, accessibility, UI, and various bug fixes.”
Booty claimed that Redfall was still getting some traction on Xbox Game Pass, stating, “It was a miss, but how much of a miss? I want to support them to be able to keep working to deliver the game they had in mind.”
Booty agreed with previous comments made by Phil Spencer and said that Xbox could’ve done a better job with supporting Arkane during Redfall‘s development. The game was reportedly in development before Xbox acquired Bethesda and ZeniMax, though rumours suggest that some Arkane developers weren’t happy with Redfall and hoped that, due to the acquisition, Xbox would step in and either reboot or cancel the project.
Redfall is currently available on Xbox Series X/S and PC.