Redfall is launching on Xbox consoles with Quality mode only:— Redfall (@playRedfall) April 12, 2023
Xbox Series X: 4K 30 FPS
Xbox Series S: 1440p 30 FPS
60 FPS Performance mode will be added via game update at a later date. pic.twitter.com/NLaGsMbwdW
Redfall has had an interesting last few months leading up to its release. It's creative director Harvey Smith, flippantly revealed that a PS5 version was canned when developer Arkane Studios was part of Microsoft's purchase of Bethesda Softworks. Microsoft was quick to correct the record that Smith misspoke whereas Sony pounced on his statements and included it in their rebuttal against the CMA which approved Microsoft's proposed buy-out of Activision-Blizzard.
This week, the game has been beset by two developments that definitely dampen my enthusiasm for it. First, The Xbox Series X and Series S will only release with a Quality mode. This means the game will be capped at 30 FPS until a 60 FPS Performance mode is added to the game after its launch. The press release that revealed this did clarify that the Series X will be able to maintain 30FPS at 4K and the Series S version at 1440p, however the news is a big "WOOF" regardless.
If you're looking at that and saying to yourself "Well, that sounds like a good reason to buy the PC version!" be aware that yesterday it was announced the PC version will use the highly controversial anti-cheat system Denuvo. For those unaware, Denuvo is well known for its high CPU usage and growing evidence that its constant use of read and write kernels may reduce the lifespan of SSDs. It also has the habit of going offline from time to time, thus causing the games that use it to become unplayable.
AND it's worth pointing out that the game is releasing between Star Wars Jedi: Survivor and The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom! While Denuvo on PC and the consoles versions being capped at 30 FPS is not great, it's more of a "GOD, please dig UP!" situation than deciding factors for most people. While Reddit always celebrates when a game removes Denuvo, I would estimate that the number of people who actually mount protests or modify their game purchases when they hear a game they want has Denuvo is scant. That's usually the case with multiplayer-focused games with a Game Pass release. However, maybe I'm speaking for myself on that. What does everyone else think?