Developer Arkane has commented on changes its vampire game Redfall went through once Microsoft bought studio owner ZeniMax. Speaking to IGN France (via IGN), director Harvey Smith gave some insight on the “huge sea change” for Redfall after Microsoft’s acquisition, including the decision to exclude the PlayStation 5 in the game’s development.
“They said, ‘No PlayStation 5. Now we’re gonna do Game Pass, Xbox, and PC,’ ” Smith said.
Microsoft announced its buyout of ZeniMax back in September of 2020, completing the acquisition in March 2021. Some suggest Arkane was working on a PS5 edition of Redfall, which was cancelled after the buyout, but Smith didn’t admit this outright.
Development on Redfall began before the COVID-19 pandemic, prior to Microsoft’s purchase of ZeniMax. It is entirely possible a PS5 edition of Redfall was in the works, however, it has yet to be confirmed.
Some are saying this makes Microsoft look bad, especially amid its proposed acquisition of Activision Blizzard. It shows Microsoft took a formerly multiplatform game developer and assigned them to a single console platform. This could sway the minds of regulators, who are currently having issue with allowing this merger to through.
Smith said that Microsoft buying thee studio allowed Arkane to focus on fewer platforms and that Redfall coming to Game Pass is a big deal, as it expands the game’s potential audience.