If you’re one of those who have regularly expressed their concerns over the lack of AAA-exclusive games coming to the Xbox platform. While things have been slowly simmering along in the last 12 months with Obsidian Games and Playground Games doing much of the lifting having launched the likes of Grounded, Pentiment, and Forza Horizon 5 respectively. Now the acquisition of Zenimax and Bethesda appears to be starting to bear fruit, as key insiders have begun to reveal some of Bethesda’s plans for at least the first half of 2023 as well as some insight into what Tango Gameworks might be up to in their post-Ghostwire Tokyo era.
It began with @Okami13_ on Twitter, a noted insider who said,
Update on Redfall’s release date.Update on Redfall’s release date.
Have heard that it’s been pushed back internally by about 6 weeks. Currently targeting an early May release.
Unfortunate news but I’m sure it’s for the best.
Since then the ever-reliable Jez Corden of Windows Central has emerged to corroborate the report, outlining the following in an article
Redfall is an upcoming Xbox exclusive from Arkane Studios, creators of Deathloop, Prey, and Dishonored. Microsoft acquired the studio with its big ZeniMax Media acquisition a couple of years back, and Redfall represents the first full Xbox console exclusive from the acquisition.
Redfall will join Starfield as part of Microsoft’s big Xbox and PC gaming console line-up in 2023, with Microsoft previously confirming that Redfall is gunning for the first half of 2023. According to reports and our own sourcing (which I corroborated on my XB2+1 Xbox podcast this past Tuesday), Redfall is targeting an early May 2023 release window — the first week of May to be exact.
If things go to plan, Arkane should see an early May release in 2023 on both Xbox Series X|S consoles and PC platforms. The game will hit the Microsoft Store and Steam, and also drop day one into Xbox Game Pass for good measure.
Since then, a new figure, Eht_Hctins on Reddit has emerged, firstly with the news about Redfall before Corden declared it himself, but also revealed several other details that have yet to have been corroborated, that Starfield may in fact be due before Redfall, the rumoured January Xbox Showcase, that Ghostwire Tokyo will arrive on Xbox in March, a year after its initial PlayStation launch, and one final morsel, saying “But if ghosts aren’t your thing, experience a new flavor of Tango, HiFi Rush, in late 2023.”
There’s plenty for us to devour so hopefully the reported January event is a thing and we can get some answers soon.