Armored Core is a popular video game series that has won over gamers all over the world with its fast-paced mecha battles and many ways to customize your character. Fans of the series have been eagerly waiting for the sixth installment, which promises to have even more intense action and thrilling gameplay.
Even though fans are excited, the official release date for Armored Core 6 has not yet been announced. This has left fans eagerly speculating about when they will be able to play the latest game in this long-running series.
Armored Core 6 Release Date
In addition to showcasing a trailer and announcing that Armored Core VI: Fires of Rubicon will be released in 2023 on Xbox Series X, PS5, and PC, FromSoftware made the official announcement during The Game Awards 2022. Bandai Namco will be the game’s publisher.
Since there hasn’t been an Armored Core game in over ten years, the announcement at The Game Awards is noteworthy. Armored Core V, which was released by the creators back in 2012 for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, was the most recent title to be made available.
The official Twitter account of Fromsoftware posted the following tweet:
We are pleased to announce that “ARMORED CORE VI FIRES OF RUBICON”, the latest entry in the Armored Core series, is coming in 2023. We look forward to sharing more info at a later date. pic.twitter.com/0Gx5na0Ibe
— FROMSOFTWARE (@fromsoftware_pr) December 9, 2022
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Armored Core 6 Gameplay
Players choose missions in single-player to fight enemies and earn credits. In missions, the player travels through levels constructed on various types of terrain, from desert bases to space stations. The player must constantly be on the lookout for enemies because the levels are so wide open.
Guns, rocket launchers, lasers, missiles, and swords are the main weapon types in this shooter, and they can all be customized at will using player purchases. Mission failure still costs the player money in the form of ammo and repair costs, which are deducted from mission rewards.
The player is in charge of getting their own weapons and AC components, and they must do so with the cash they earn from missions. The pay rises as the player completes missions, but picking one mission over another can lock down others, leading to a branching path through the plot that can differ noticeably on subsequent play sessions. The game has a split-screen or PlayStation Link Cable two-player versus mode.
Will Armored Core 6 Have ‘Soulslike’ Combat?
Hidetaka Miyazaki of FromSoftware confirmed a few intriguing details about the game’s development in an exclusive interview with IGN after its initial reveal. One thing Miyazaki said about the Fires of Rubicon is that it won’t “just be a sci-fi Soulslike,” which might be a relief for people who have trouble with soulsborne-style games.
Miyazaki continued by saying that the studio has “not been making a conscious effort to try to direct [Armored Core VI] towards more Soulsborne type gameplay.” Despite this, it sounds like the boss fights and in-game gameplay will retain a strong sense of the Soulsborne games’ essence. “Boss battles are the highlight of the game in this title,” director Masaru Yamamura said in a statement to IGN.
“As is customary for FromSoftware, the essence of the battles is obviously provided, in which the player reads the enemy’s moves and then plays games with them. In this game, both the adversary and your own machine attack with vigor and aggression. As we create the game, we want players to enjoy both the distinctive elements of AC, such as how to assemble the right parts to take on the toughest foes, as well as the dynamic and intense boss battles that only mechas can provide.”