A new entry in the Armored Core series from Elden Ring developer FromSoftware was reportedly revealed through a survey of consumers.
ResetERAs red liquorice announced that they recently completed a consumer survey on “a new Armored Core game with description, screenshots and two 30-second videos of gameplay – the first a boss fight and the second more in-world gameplay, a snow area”.
They couldn’t share screenshots as they all have “unique ID watermark”, but they did share an image of the text description of this supposedly unannounced game.
“Melange, an unknown substance that could dramatically advance human society,” says the game’s description. “In the past, the substance on the planet Bashtar caused a cosmic catastrophe that engulfed the surrounding star systems, and eventually its existence was lost. Decades later, the melange reaction was confirmed again on the planet Bashtar. “
“In the search for the unknown substance that should be lost, various speculations begin to swirl. Different parties interfere; the government, corporations, cultists and unknown mercenaries … the protagonist is one of them.”
The game is described as a “TPS (Third Person Shooter) mecha-action title that lets you move around an overwhelmingly scaled map that depicts a unique science fiction world with dynamic mech action.” It is also said that the aforementioned science fiction world was created by Hidetaka Miyazaki himself.
Miyazaki, who is the director of Dark Souls games, the upcoming Elden Ring, and even Armored Core 4 and Armored Core: For Answer, actually began his career as a game planner on Armored Core: Last Raven in 2004.
The description also teases a “vast field that represents a complex world”; Fight long and short range with cannons, blades and shields; and a high level of customization that allows players to customize their mechs to suit their play style.
Red Licorice continued to say that the boss fight they saw was “pretty soulful” and that the brief glimpse into the gameplay hinted at the possibility of co-op.
They also claim that the poll listed some options for a possible name for this project.
“Most of them were Armored Core: [Something] including just ‘Armored Core’ and AC: 6, AC: VI and other subtitles that I can’t remember, some of the choices had no AC in the name at all, “said Red Liquorice.
Finally, they shared a brief description of what they apparently saw in the video, and what that first boss fight looked like.
“The boss had a domed head and was taller than the player, but not huge,” said Red Liquorice. “If I had to guess I would say this was like an Asylum or Taurus demon style early boss, obviously total speculation, but it didn’t seem great or particularly impressive as an encounter. Boss had an on-screen life bar (iirc at the top of the screen) – very simple, but more red LED style, futuristic as you might expect, square edges on the life bars instead of straight rectangles. “
Obviously, it’s important to take caution with this news, but FromSoftware previously stated that it has no intention of ending the Armored Core series. In 2018, Miyazaki even hinted that a new entry was in development.
With Elden Ring slated to release on February 25, 2022, it can’t be long before we find out if FromSoftware actually plans to return to Armored Core for the next game.
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Until then, be sure to check out our hands-on preview of Elden Ring and our review of the latest Armored Core game, Armored Core: Verdict Day from 2013.
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