The sixth core installment in the FromSoftware Armored Core series, Armored Core 6: Fires of Rubicon, was unveiled at The Game Awards 2022, and it has been confirmed that the game would feature multiplier aspects. Much speculation exists about how the next mech combat game would handle multiplayer.
Still, an IGN interview with FromSoftware’s Masaru Yamamura revealed some intriguing information about the main objective of Armored Core 6.
— IGN (@IGN) December 12, 2022
Many people thought that all upcoming FromSoftware games would heavily incorporate the design aesthetics popularized by the Dark Souls series. Still, both Masaru Yamamura and Hidetaka Miyazaki confirmed that the development team hasn’t made incorporating Souls-like elements into the upcoming Armored Core game their main priority.
According to a tweet, Yamamura served as one of the lead designers behind 2019’s Sekiro: Shadows Dἰe Twice. Miyazaki stated about the new Armored Core title:
“we’ve not been making a conscious effort to try to direct it toward more Soulsborne type gameplay.”
Miyazaki says Armored Core VI will not feature a heavy Soulslike approach.
— Okami Games (@Okami13_) December 12, 2022
Further setting Armored Core 6: Fires of Rubicon apart from earlier games like Dark Souls and Elden Ring is that it is not an open-world game. However, the interview did make it clear that Armored Core 6: Fires of Rubicon would feature a versus mode similar to those from other games in the series.
Although there are fans of the Armored Core series, such a significant departure from the Soulsborne style may be difficult for the developer. Given Elden Ring’s Game of the Year victory, announcing a release from the Dark Souls aesthetic seems particularly strange.
You may also be interested in the following resources relating to Armored Core 6:
- Armored Core VI: Fromsoftware Has Announced Armored Core 6, Fires Of Rubicon For The Playstation 5
- Armored Core 6 Release Date: When It Will Air, What to Expect, and More!
However, FromSoftware has never been known for following trends or creating risk-averse projects. Even if there are still devoted multiplayer communities for older games like Dark Souls and its 2014 sequel, it’s difficult to predict whether or not players who like PvP in the Souls style will be able to adapt to the entirely different gameplay that the future Armored Core title is likely to have.
FromSoftware fans unfamiliar with the venerable mech series have time to familiarize themselves before Armored Core 6: Fires of Rubicon launches sometime in the following year.
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