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Redfall developers were secretly hoping that Microsoft would cancel it

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Redfall fell short of lofty expectations with a lukewarm at best reception when it launched, but a new report has claimed that even some of Arkane’s longest-serving developers were apparently hoping it would be canceled after Microsoft’s acquisition of the studio.

A new report from Bloomberg claims that even the team behind the vampire title had little faith in its success in the game as early as its inception. The report claims that following the September 2020 Microsoft acquisition of Zenimax (Arkane’s parent company) for $7.5 billion, “some staff at Arkane hoped that Microsoft might cancel Redfall or, better yet, let them reboot it as a single-player game”. This wouldn’t happen and Microsoft largely stayed out of the process, and away from Arkane generally. The game, which was originally scheduled to drop on Halloween 2022 would come out in May 2023 in a largely unchanged state from its original concept, and incredibly similar to a 2021 version of the game, too, the report goes on to say. 

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