Armored Core is back and it’s arriving this August as Armored Core 6: Fires of Rubicon.
If you’re scratching your head, don’t worry, the series has been away for a while. The last Armored Core game was released in 2012, for the Xbox 360 and PS4. The game’s servers are gone and the game, Armored Core 5: Verdict Day, is not backwards compatible. So Armored Core 6 is definitely a big deal.
Armored Core 6: Fires of Rubicon (or Armored Core VI since developer FromSoftware is going with roman numerals) is coming this August. It was announced back in December of 2022 but we’ve now got actual details about the gameplay.
The Armored Core games put you in a big stompy robot, which is always good start. Though the mechs are less stompy and more manoeuvrable than those in the MechWarrior games. According to this PlayStation Blog post, you’ll be able to “..zip around across ground and air, reacting at lightning-fast speeds to attacks.”
However, it won’t be quire as fast-paced as Armored Core 4. It will instead, be more along the lines of Armored Core 3 or 5. You’ll also be able to give your mech a custom paint job. We’ll certainly be curious as to whether FromSoftware will have to police these paint jobs.
Despite the title, there are over ten Armored Core games already. That said, aside from one PlayStation VR title, FromSoftware have been putting out nothing but Souls games for quite some time. And, speaking on the Xbox Blog, the company certainly recognises that.
The game’s director, Masaru Yamamura, states:
“We believe we can offer that same underlying mech action goodness, as well as a more advanced game experience to both Armored Core fans and fans of our more recent [FromSoftware] titles.”
Yes, Armored Core has a big following. But there’ll also be many, many people who only know From Software as the Elden Ring/Dark Souls people. Can they really sell Armored Core VI to a whole new audience?
You can find out this August 25th when it hits the Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5 and PC.