Arkane Austin has a lot of experience open-ended gameplay design, but when it came to designing Redfall’s open world, the famous studio behind Prey had a unique problem — Redfall’s open world was actually a bit too open.
In a new interview with IGN, Redfall designer Harvey Smith talked about designing the Massachusetts town in which Arkane’s new supernatural shooter is set, describing it as “very open.” Redfall is an on-foot game he says, and the team has worked to make sure that the setting’s design fits within that dynamic.
But at first, Redfall was “too open,” Smith says.
“It was like there was not enough blocking you or channeling you, but it’s very, very open rooftops and alleys and streets of this small town, Redfall, Massachusetts, which is like a fishing community, a tourist community — quaint, historic, New England stuff with this stealthy takeover by vampires. But the one thing that we do in terms of that gating pretty heavily is we divided the world into two districts. District One is the first half of the missions, and it’s the downtown part of Redfall, while District Two is more rural. It’s farms, lighthouses, churches, things like that.”