The Game Awards 2022 saw many announcements for upcoming titles, and the Armored Core VI: Fires of Rubicon announcement was one of the highly anticipated reveals. While the Elden Ring GOTY win was what took center stage, FromSoftware fans were very excited about the official announcement of the next Armored Core entry.
The reveal of a new Armored Core game comes after an incredibly long hiatus, and the next franchise entry finally got a brief trailer at the awards ceremony earlier today.
The trailer showcased giant robots wheeling around in combat, as one would expect from the franchise. However, not much else was revealed by FromSoftware apart from the fact that the expected launch window of the title is in 2023. The exact date is yet to be confirmed, but community speculations place sometime around the latter half of the upcoming year.
Armored Core is one of the most venerable series in the FromSoftware oeuvre and dates all the way back to 1997. Its last entry was released in 2012, right after Dark Souls.
Armored Core VI: Fires of Rubicon is set for a 2023 release window
Armored Core VI: Fires of Rubicon will have a 2023 launch window, which is much sooner than what a lot of community members expected.
In terms of gameplay, the title is said to have fast-paced mech action combat where players will be allowed to assemble and pilot their own mech that will have 3D maneuverability. Players will also be able to take on some of the most difficult challenges in the game where they will need to use dynamic movement, along with the full range of their arsenal, to overwhelm hordes of enemies.
The story will take place on the remote planet of Rubicon 3, where a mysterious substance gets discovered. Although this substance was expected to dramatically advance human technology and communication, it instead engulfed the planet as well as the surrounding stars in flames and storms.
This caused a Burning Star System, and the substance resurfaces again fifty years later, with extra-terrestrial corporations and resistance groups fighting over controlling it.
Players in Armored Core VI: Fires of Rubicon will be required to infiltrate Rubicon 3 as a mercenary, where they will eventually find themselves in a struggle over the substance as well as the extra-terrestrial corporations and factions.
Armored Core VI: Fires of Rubicon is set for a 2023 release window for now and will be developed by Hidetaka Miyazaki as the initial game director, with Masaru Yamamura taking over as director later on.