What The Heck Ever Happened To Armored Core?

GutsDozer

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I was trying to find a decent mech building game the other day and it trips me out that Armored Core is literally not available anywhere. What happened? They just let AC die? anyone have any suggestions for a new game to play in this genre?
 

max 330 mega

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Im so desperate for a game in this genre, im gonna check that out on steam RN.
 

Taiso

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Dark Souls happened.

From Software wasn't really a giant studio and that game was made on a budget and it over delivered in a lot of ways.

Fantasy is a more accessible genre than mecha and DS created a buzzworthy cottage industry revolving around the 'git gud' ethos and it became a phenomenon. From Software then realized that making money while maintaining some degree of artistic integrity is difficult to do as a game dev so they stuck with what worked and allowed them to maintain their princely status amongst the fans.

Also, Armored Core is rather complex as mecha games go, while offering an average game consumer little in the way of extrinsic value.

Non-sequitor: From Software loves Gundam and Berserk. They made a game for Gundam UC and Dark Souls cribs so much from Berserk that it might aa well be an open world game set in that universe post-Eclipse.
 

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The only AC game that I have played extensively is the first one. I think I got to the final boss and got destroyed. It was a good time but the control was pretty bad since it was pre-dual shock.
 

lachlan

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I preferred FM over AC but then I like TRPG's. I reckon 3 was the most enjoyable with 1 and 5 in 2nd and 3rd place.
 

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I was trying to find a decent mech building game the other day and it trips me out that Armored Core is literally not available anywhere. What happened? They just let AC die? anyone have any suggestions for a new game to play in this genre?
I thought they were rumors that from software were making another armored core ? Though that was a few years ago and right now there working on elden ring.
 

jro

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Front Mission is turn based. AC isn’t?
It's 100% action, but it's very deliberate action.

The game is built, largely, around how you build your mech. There are, IIRC, several thousand parts that you can equip your mech with, with strict requirements for weight, power consumption, movement style, DPS, melee vs. projectile, type of projectile, on and on. There are plenty of story missions but there's also usually a one-on-one combat league built into the storyline that tends to have 50 or 100 opponents to fight.

They're generally very difficult, which probably isn't shocking coming from From.

I used to like them quite a lot, played the heck out of a few of them. Very similar to Dark Souls in that they're hard to get into but if you do you get sucked in good.
 

Lagduf

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I’d love a new Armored Core game at this point. Something to really geek out over.
 

BlackaneseNiNjA

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Damn I miss oldschool Armored Core (pre AC: For Answer). I still have my backed-up builds and my copies of Armored Core Nexus and Last Raven.

I even enjoyed the arena focused entries as well such as Master of Arena, Nine Breaker, and Formula Front too.

Armored Core was a fantastic series in the ps1 & 2 era. I wouldn’t mind if they attempted to bring it back.
 
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