The head of Arkane Austin has expressed that the response to Redfall's latest update has infused him with renewed vigor

  • 25-06-2024 |
  • Elaina Taylor

Former Arkane Austin studio leader Harvey Smith expressed immense exhilaration upon receiving overwhelmingly positive feedback from players regarding the polished and enhanced ultimate version of Redfall. 

Smith shared that the community's reception had been incredibly gratifying, especially as they experienced the substantial improvements and additions brought by Game Update 4. This major update introduced a range of new features, including an offline mode that allowed players to enjoy the game without needing an internet connection, significantly revamped neighborhood and nest mechanics that added depth and complexity to the game's world, and a much-anticipated option to pause, among other notable enhancements.

Amidst these reflections, Smith also hinted at his bubbling excitement about sharing his future endeavors. His remarks followed the unfortunate shutdown of Arkane Austin, adding a bittersweet note to his optimistic outlook on what lies ahead for him and his career in the gaming industry.

"Receiving thoughts and feedback from those who are actively engaging with the final, polished iteration of Redfall offers such an invigorating jolt of energy," Smith penned in his statement. "The enthusiasm and insights from players are truly inspiring, and I'm eager to discuss in detail what's on the horizon for me and the exciting projects I'm looking forward to tackling next."

In a poignant remark, Smith also mentioned he had reached zero unread messages at the workplace.
"The update really injected fresh vigor into Redfall!" one enthusiast responded. "Eager to witness your next chapter! Hopefully, you can gather some of the team from Austin! Wishing you the best, Harvey!"

"As long as you continue to craft, I'm thrilled, Your Majesty," commented another person.
Early May saw Microsoft make the heavy-hearted declaration about significant reductions and studio shutdowns impacting various studios under the Bethesda umbrella, which included Tango Gameworks, Alpha Dog Games, and the teams behind Redfall and Dishonored, Arkane Austin.

Our heartfelt thanks to everyone who has cherished the endeavors of our Austin studio over the years," the studio expressed at that time. "We are profoundly grateful for the countless moments you have shared with us, immersing yourselves in the creativity and passion that define our work.

Each experience you've had with our creations has not only made them special but has also made them your own. The time, energy, and love you have invested in exploring our worlds have been truly invaluable to us. Your support and engagement have driven our team to continuously strive for excellence, and for that, we cannot thank you enough.