Armored Core 6 Bringing Back Fan Favorite Mode from Past Games

A new announcement from Armored Core 6 developer FromSoftware reveals that the arena mode will return in part six. The developer first revealed late last year that the beloved mech-action franchise was getting its first new installment in more than a decade. While FromSoftware is best known for Dark Souls, the studio’s history with the mech series dates back to the first Armored Core on the PS1 in the late 1990s. Now, fans are learning more about Game 6 ahead of its August release.

A recent update from FromSoftware revealed a ton of new information about the Armored Core 6: Fires of Rubicon. The developer will share some details about the game’s refined combat system, which features the same “smooth, responsive controls” found in the developer’s flagship Souls game. FromSoftware will also reveal the official release date for Armored Core 6, which is scheduled for August 25 across multiple platforms. Now, fans will see the much-loved Arena mode from past entries in the series return to the game.

In other announcements, the massive reveal of Armored Core 6: Fires of Rubicon will confirm the return of the franchise’s arena game mode for its latest entry. Arenas have been a staple of Armored Core since the series’ inception, first debuting on PS1 in 1997 with Armored Core: Project Phantasma. FromSoftware promises intense battles with “a host of specially-customized mechs” in Armored Core 6’s arena mode. According to reports, the mode will feature a “combat proficiency evaluation program” in which simulated mech players will fight throughout the story.

In addition to the Arena details, FromSoftware revealed a ton of other content coming to Armored Core 6 later this year. The game will feature a variety of imposing bosses, from attack helicopters and armored turrets to “unmanned heavy blasters,” promising explosive and fast-paced combat. Armored Core 6 will reportedly follow in the footsteps of its predecessors by focusing on customization, allowing players to equip their AC with different weapons to suit their own personal playstyle.

Armored Core 6 is only four months away, and with rumors swirling about the latest Armored Core in recent months, comes a big reveal for the game. FromSoftware has confirmed that prolific Dark Souls director Hidetaka Miyazaki will not lead the Armored Core 6 team, instead entrusting the role to studio veteran Masaru Yamamura. Rumors also suggested that the latest Armored Core would follow FromSoftware’s recent formula as Soulslike, a theory that was quickly debunked by the developer. Armored Core looks set to make a triumphant return when Armored Core 6 launches in August.

Armored Core 6: Fires of Rubicon is scheduled for release on August 25th for PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S.

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