"We've implemented online modes up to now, but for this game, there's no 'mode'," said producer Toshifumi Nabeshima. "Instead, the system lets you smoothly join online play at any time." Teams will battle over territories and try to gain footholds.
It will be necessary to lay out defensive units on your land when team members aren't logged on to protect it. "So the stronger teams are going to need both people who're good at action games and members with a decent grasp of the game's strategic elements."
Teams can reportedly scale to any size, but online matches take place with five members on each side. Four will pilot the robots, and one will serve as the "operator" with a strategic map and the ability to send voice commands. The game has also kept the other features from its original announcement, like Over Weapons, but is emphasizing them less.
Nabeshima says he hopes this re-envisioning will serve as a treat to fans and a way to expand the Armored Core audience. Joystiq reports that Namco Bandai will be bringing the game out in the US and Europe in early 2012.