Redfall, the latest vampire-slaying action game from Dishonored developer Arkane, recently dropped media previews showing off various sections of gameplay from each of the four playable characters. An FAQ on the game published last month revealed that players will need to always be connected to the internet before playing, whether it’s single-player or co-op. After some swift backlash from the community regarding the news, Arkane says it’s now working on removing the always online requirement for solo play.
According to Michael Huber from Easy Allies, when media outlets were allowed to play a 90-minute preview of Redfall recently, Arkane openly stated that the demo was a single-player experience since it allowed for greater immersion than co-op gameplay. This suggests that Arkane is well aware of the game’s multiplayer pitfalls but also wants Redfall to be seen and played as a worthy solo adventure too like its previous works.
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In a recent interview with Eurogamer, Redfall director Harvey Smith told the publication that Arkane was looking into removing the always online restriction for single-player, which will allow solo players to experience the game offline. Smith elaborated:
“There are two ways developers could react to that, right? They could say: ‘Oh, my God, you’re always online. If you get on your Steam, and it’s not online, you freak out. If you get on your Xbox, and you can’t get the latest patch, or see what your friends are doing, you freak out. You want to be always online!’”
Smith added that the response lacked empathy as the reality of the situation is not everyone has access to a constant online connection elsewhere in the world:
“But that response, I think, lacks empathy. There are people who live in places where there are outages or their broadband is shitty, or they’re competing with their family members, because their mum’s streaming a movie or their brother’s on another device. And so I think it is a legitimate critique. We do take it with a lot of empathy. We listen. And we have already started work to address this in the future.”
Smith stated that he can’t promise anything but assured players that Arkane was looking into the feedback. Hopefully we’ll have some good news ahead of the game’s launch in a few weeks.
Redfall releases on 2 May 2023 for Xbox Series X/S and PC.