FromSoftware President Hints At New Armored Core Game In Development

The series could be seeing a renaissance soon enough. 

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It's been quite some time since we've seen a new Armored Core game. Some would say it's been too long. The last Armored Core title, in fact, was released in 2013: Armored Core: Verdict Day. Five years is enough time to go between releases, and could even prompt some to say that a franchise is dead or dying. That's not the case, at least according to From Software, and in fact the president himself could possibly have even hinted at a new game that's in development for the series.

During a recent interview with Famitsu, president Hidetaka Miyazaki was asked if any of the three new projects coming from the company (excluding Déraciné) would be a project regarding "those whose bodies are ready for combat." He didn't say no, leading many to believe that one of the games in development by From Software could in fact be a new Armored Core title. That entire thing is a reference to a Japanese meme, of course, and it seems Miyazaki knew exactly what was being asked.

It doesn't come a surprise that a new game could be in development, any way you slice it. From the job listing spotted a while back on a job recruitment site looking for folks to work on a new project from Verdict Day's director Naoyuki Takahashi to From Software assuring fans that the series isn't over, it looks like we just need to have patience and faith. These new developments are certainly a step in the right direction. 

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    June 19, 2018 3:45 PM

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      June 19, 2018 4:14 PM

      Yes, please!

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      June 19, 2018 4:44 PM

      I was thinking the other day that the closest we're going to get to a new Armored Core game is Daemon X Machina on the Nintendo Switch. I'd lose my mind if they offered the ability to play the campaign in co-op.

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        June 19, 2018 4:53 PM

        Daemon X Machina has the mech designer as the Armored Core games. Wonder if he’d do both

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        June 19, 2018 5:40 PM

        That thing looks JUST like an Armored Cire game... but it looks like a latter-day Armored Vire game. Too fast, too furious. I like the PS2 era of Armored Core games. Those were the "thinking man's" Armored Core games.

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          June 19, 2018 6:08 PM

          4 Answer was great too- that was the Otogi of Armored Core, Miyazaki directed too.

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            June 19, 2018 6:42 PM

            Seconded, AC: For Answer was my favorite of the series, had enough juice to have air-to-air combat in bursts without going full space Gundam.

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              June 19, 2018 7:03 PM

              See, maybe I'm an old fuddy duddy but the Air to Air segments in AC were terrible and uh... broke the immersion? Like, the previously-established rulesets had Boost and Overboost associated with an energy meter (like stamina) that you had to carefully manage. It also provided some in-fiction justification like "Oh, my reactor can't just do this all day" because you could certainly upgrade your reactor or booster to get better results.

              But AC 4 opens with OverBoost forever in a schmup like setting (IIRC). Yeah uhhhhhhh no thanks.

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                June 19, 2018 7:06 PM

                Yea fair enough, it changes the series a lot, I just liked the increased maneuverability vs having tons of arena matches reduced to "who flanks the other person faster" and the ponderous turn speed.

                Basically I'm willing to trade increased feeling of mobility for slower tankier combat, at least on console.

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                June 19, 2018 7:12 PM

                The earlier games were better in offering that feeling of being a mech for hire, with the mission structure.

                I love the Miyazaki ACs for the very spare, minimalist style. They’re the zen ACs.

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                  June 19, 2018 7:16 PM

                  This. Basically, I want to feel like I'm in a big mech, with real-feeling limitations. And I want to feel like Spike Spiegal in Cowboy Bebop; just trying to get enough money for that bell peppers and beef.

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                June 19, 2018 7:13 PM

                Scratch all that. I just watched a little bit of the game's tutorial. I think my issue is with how generous boosting and overboosting is in general.

                I coulda swore there was an early game mission with a "bottomless pit" of sorts? idk maybe I should give 4-Answer another shot.

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      June 20, 2018 6:54 AM

      Am I the only one who has never heard of this game series? Not saying it’s bad, but it’s certainly no mega man.

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        June 20, 2018 6:57 AM

        Armored Core has been around for a looooooooooooooong time and has a decently sized cult following.

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          June 20, 2018 8:19 AM

          Yeah it's not dissimilar to Monster Hunter before World in that respect.

          Niche game with a very, very dedicated and loyal fanbase.

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      June 20, 2018 8:21 AM

      Yes! Do it.

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      June 20, 2018 8:24 AM

      Aren't they already working on two other games? FROM is all hot right now but I hope they're not feeling TOO hot

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      June 20, 2018 8:48 AM

      This news gives me an armored core of my own if you know what I mean