FromSoftware is one of the biggest and best developers on the planet right now, and so it can be easy to forget the studio’s more humble beginnings. Franchises like King’s Field feel like a lifetime ago, and even Armored Core – a series upon which renowned auteur Hidetaka Miyazaki made his directorial debut – isn’t exactly a household name. It’s interesting, then, that at The Game Awards, the studio revealed it will be returning to the mecha franchise for its follow-up to Elden Ring.
The last Armored Core game, Armored Core V, launched on the PS3 in 2012 and focused largely upon online play. It was critically panned, but released right at the very beginning of the Soulsborne explosion, with Dark Souls deploying six months prior. Since then we’ve seen games like Bloodborne and Elden Ring establish an entire new genre, so will Armored Core VI: Fires of Rubicon adopt the same format as FromSoftware’s more recent hits?
“No, we've not been making a conscious effort to try to direct it towards more Soulsborne type gameplay,” Miyazaki told IGN. “First of all, let me just make that clear. The essential direction of [Armored Core 6] was to go back and take a good look at the core concept of Armored Core and what made that series special.”