Do You Need an Internet Connection to Play Redfall?


Bethesda's upcoming vampire-themed FPS, Redfall, is set to release this May, but players have questions over the game's need for an internet connection.

Developed by Arkane Austin, Redfall is an open-world, co-op FPS set in the fictional island town of Redfall, Massachusetts. Under threat from a legion of vampires, players assume the role of different heroes, each with their own creative abilities to take down the vampiric enemies.

Players can tackle Redfall in multiplayer or through its single-player options. Given these two choices, it raises the question: do you need an internet connection to play Redfall, even in single-player?

Do You Need an Internet Connection to Play Redfall in Single Player?

Understandably, an internet connection is required for those who want to play Redfall in multiplayer. But, according to Bethesda's dedicated FAQ page for Redfall, the game will require a persistent online connection in both single-player and co-op.

The FAQ doesn't specify why an internet connection is needed even when playing solo, but the reason is likely due to copyright protection and DRM checks. In addition to an online connection, Redfall will also require players to have a account. These steps are often employed to increase the difficulty of pirating copies and to limit the amount of game data that can be manipulated.

Always-On DRM has often faced criticism, particularly around the topic of video game preservation as it can make a game unplayable should a game's servers be taken offline.

Redfall is set to launch on May 2, 2023 on Xbox Series X|S and PC. It will also be available with Game Pass on Xbox Series X|S, PC and cloud.