What you need to know
- Armored Core is a series of mecha, third-person shooters developed by FromSoftware.
- The sixth major game in the Armored Core series has been supposedly leaked via screenshots seen online.
The game developer FromSoftware is best known for brutal action-adventure games with dark fantasy settings, such as Dark Souls, Demon Souls, Bloodborne, and the upcoming Elden Ring. What some people may not know is that FromSoftware is also responsible for creating the Armored Core franchise.
Armored Core is a series of third-person shooters set in a post-apocalyptic future where you are contracted by corporations to pilot giant mechas and wage war for their benefit. These games feature fast-paced gameplay where you pilot an array of customizable mechs and charge into battle against armies of enemy mechs and warships. This series started in 1997 on the PlayStation, and its last major entry was Armored Core: Verdict Day for the Xbox 360 in 2013. There hasn't been a single Armored Core since, but that may soon change.
Armored Core: Verdict Day, the last major game in the Armored series was released in 2013 for the Xbox 360.
Today, screenshots of what is likely to be Armored Core 6 have leaked onto the internet on ResetEra (via VGC). There is also a synopsis on the news post that states the premise is said to involve corporations, mercenaries, cultists, and the government fighting over an alien substance that could change human society as they know it. The synopsis also states the game will retain the series' trademark mecha customization, large maps to explore, and three-dimensional mecha gameplay that mixes gunplay and close-range melee.
If this turns out to be true, it would be joyous news for Armored Core fans and mecha games in general. Could this new entry in the Armored Core series take elements and gameplay mechanics from FromSoftware's Dark Souls games? Or will this game take a drastic turn during development, and become an entirely different game altogether, much like how Sekiro was originally conceived as a sequel to the Tenchu series? We will keep you posted for future updates on this story as it develops.
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Alexander Cope is a gaming veteran of 30-plus years, primarily covering PC and Xbox games here on Windows Central. Gaming since the 8-bit era, Alexander's expertise revolves around gaming guides and news, with a particular focus on Japanese titles from the likes of Elden Ring to Final Fantasy. Alexander is always on deck to help our readers conquer the industry's most difficult games — when he can pry himself away from Monster Hunter that is!