2017 marks the 20th anniversary of the launch of Armored Core, which originally released on July 10th, 2019 with the first game on PlayStation. Yet, the year is almost at its end with no news on when we’ll get a new game.
Tomorrow, a 20th-anniversary livestream titled Armored Core Suite 02 will be hosted on Nico Nico, with several members of the From Software sound team in attendance, including Composer Kota Hoshino.
The livestream will focus on the music of the series up to the latest game Armored Core: Verdict Day. It will air tomorrow, December 4th, at 7:30 PM Japan Time.
Yet, if you’re hoping for last-minute news about a new game for the series, you better keep your expectations in check. In a rather peculiar move, From Software announced officially that there won’t be info about new games or sequels during the stream.
Back in 2016, From Software President Hidetaka Miyazaki told DualShockers and several other western media during a round-table interview that the studio was working on a new Armored Core game. Yet, they immediately backtracked as soon as the news came out, claiming that Miyazaki-san actually did not admit that an Armored Core game was currently in development, and his statement should simply be interpreted as the mention of the will to continue to work on the series in the future, but nothing has been decided. That being said, we heard what we heard, and we weren’t the only ones.
Since its inception, the Armored Core series has been one of the most active mecha video game series in Japan until the PS3 generation, that saw a decline in performance with Armored Core V and Armored Core: Verdict Day, triggering a long hiatus since 2013 that continues to this day.
At the moment, Director and Producer Toshifumi Nabeshima is working on Left Alive by Square Enix.