It seems the project was doomed way before release.
Redfall's downfall will be remembered as one of the biggest flops of this year, but it might not have turned out that way if some changes had been made way back when Xbox acquired ZeniMax.
According to a new Bloomberg report, the team working on Redfall saw a chance with the acquisition to turn the game around. Allegedly, there was hope that Xbox would order that the game be cancelled, or rebooted as a single-player project.
However, Xbox chose to be hands-off with the game's development, which led to ZeniMax continuing to operate as it had before. With directorial problems, and 70% of the Prey team leaving Arkane, Redfall didn't really stand much of a chance, despite somewhat of a promising concept.