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Armored Core returns this summer with Fires of Rubicon

Bandai Namco’s iconic mech-battling series returns at long last with Armored Core VI: Fires of Rubicon. Look for it this summer.


It’s been a while since we’ve seen an entry in the Armored Core. If you remember, AC5 landed in 2012, so we’re talking about a decade-plus drought. But as you can see above, that gap comes to an end this summer, with the release of the just-announced Armored Core VI: Fires of Rubicon.

The newest game in the series will once again come from Dark Souls developer FromSoftware. But this is no “Soulslike”, as Armored Core still sounds like Armored Core, and will include “mech action, including fast-paced battles, in-depth customization, and thrilling boss fights”.

Here’s your first look:

A mysterious new substance called “Coral” was discovered on the remote planet, Rubicon 3. As an energy source, this substance was expected to dramatically advance humanity’s technological and communications capabilities. Instead, it caused a catastrophe that engulfed the planet and the surrounding stars in flames and storms, forming a Burning Star System. Almost half a century later, Coral has resurfaced on Rubicon 3, a planet now contaminated and sealed off by the catastrophe. Extra-terrestrial corporations and resistance groups fight over control of the substance. The player infiltrates Rubicon as an independent mercenary and finds themselves in a struggle over the substance with the corporations and other factions.

Bandai Namco press release

Expect to see much more from Armored Core VI: Fires of Rubicon as we head towards its August 25th, 2023 launch. Look for it on Xbox and PlayStation platforms (yep, last-gen too), as well as the PC (via Steam). Pre-orders are open right now, including for that Collector’s Edition seen at the close of the trailer above.

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Jason's been knee deep in videogames since he was but a lad. Cutting his teeth on the pixely glory that was the Atari 2600, he's been hack'n'slashing and shoot'em'uping ever since. Mainly an FPS and action guy, Jason enjoys the occasional well crafted title from every genre.

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