Redfall Confirms Major Limitation for Launch

Arkane Studios, the developer of the highly anticipated Redfall, has confirmed that its console version will have a notable limitation at launch. The update comes as Xbox and Bethesda ramp up promotions for Redfall’s launch in a few weeks. Although, the lack of some features probably won’t help gamers get excited.

Over the past few months, Redfall has been high-profile on lists of the most anticipated games of 2023, especially after the success of one of Bethesda’s best-performing titles of late, Hi-Fi Rush. The developer has given fans a closer look at what to expect from Redfall, from its origin details to game mechanics and performance. However, players may find the studio’s latest update a bit disappointing, especially those hoping for a console version.

According to Arkane Studios, Redfall on Xbox consoles will only include Quality Mode at launch. That means the Xbox Series X will support 4K 30 FPS, while the Series S will support 1440p 30 FPS. The developer further mentions that a 60 FPS performance mode will be added as an update later, but it’s unclear exactly when that will happen. For many gamers, the announcement may come as a setback, especially considering the studio had already shown off deep-dive Redfall gameplay footage running at 60 FPS two months ago.

Incidentally, this isn’t the first time a high-profile game has been released without a performance mode. Gotham Knights will be capped at 30 FPS on both PS5 and Xbox consoles when it launches back in October 2022. WB Montreal even stated that the game won’t be getting a 60 FPS update at all. Thankfully, at least in the case of Redfall, the developers have confirmed that Performance Mode will be added later.

While the Xbox version of Redfall may be limited, its PC version will come with some interesting features. Most notably, Redfall will include DLSS 3 support at launch, meaning PC gamers will enjoy the latest version of Nvidia’s AI upscaling technology in Bethesda’s upcoming title. DLSS 3 increases both frame rates during gameplay and resolution on low-end GPUs, and helps GeForce RTX users reduce system lag with Nvidia Reflex. Still, the idea that a game as highly anticipated as Redfall won’t include a 60 FPS mode at launch is bad news for many gamers who already had high expectations for the game. Time will tell how much the Xbox console’s lack of performance mode will affect Redfall.

Redfall launches on May 2nd for PC and Xbox Series X/S.

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