Those worried that FromSoftware might be delaying its next game, Armored Core 6: Fires of Rubicon, will be pleased with the game’s latest update. The Armored Core 6 has been officially rated by the Korea Rating Board. While a game getting a rating in South Korea doesn’t always indicate an imminent launch or release, historically, it’s a positive sign. Official Armored Core 6: Rubicon Fire news may be imminent.
Armored Core is a FromSoftware franchise with a history longer than the studio’s Dark Souls-style role-playing games. The first Armored Core was released in 1997, and since then there have been more than 10 sequels, spinoffs, and expansions. Announced at The Game Awards 2022, Armored Core 6 will be the series’ first release in 10 years. It’s also made by FromSoftware, which almost reinvented itself after its success with Dark Souls, Sekiro : Shadows Die Twice, and Bloodborne.
When Armored Core 6 was announced last December, it gave a tentative release window of 2023. FromSoftware is known for often experiencing massive delays, however, many fans worry that 2023 will be an optimistic window. The Korean Video Game Rating Board has now revived hopes of a 2023 Armored Core 6 release date. It gave the Armored Core 6 a score of 12+, perhaps indicating that the game is in development and should have a comfortable release window of 2023.
Unfortunately, the 12+ rating doesn’t convey much additional information about the Armored Core 6. The rating was earned for what the board described as “mild violence” resulting from various weapons-based attacks and explosions. For those expecting Dark Souls-like violence or brutality, this rating suggests that’s not the case.
Another interesting detail is the brief synopsis for Armored Core 6. It is mentioned that the protagonist of Armored Core 6 is a mercenary named 621 Raven. Raven is a term used a lot throughout the Armored Core franchise. They are mercenaries and pilots of armored core mechs. The term is also not used in recent Armored Core releases, perhaps indicating that Armored Core 6 will return to some of Armored Core’s original ideas.
It may only be a matter of time before FromSoftware shares more information about its Armored Core 6 plans. Some rumors suggest that Armored Core 6 is planned for release between September and October. If that’s the case, there could be a big reveal soon. The Summer Games Fest event in June or Gamescom 2023 in August are great opportunities to showcase games. Don’t be surprised if an announcement is made before then, though.
Armored Core 6 will release on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S in 2023.