More Armored Core could be on the way
It is safe to say that Armored Core 6 is officially a hit, and this new title has taken the series to new heights. While the game itself is fantastic,...
It is safe to say that Armored Core 6 is officially a hit, and this new title has taken the series to new heights. While the game itself is fantastic, it would certainly not be as successful if developer FromSoftware had not significantly enhanced its reputation with genre-defining titles such as the Dark Souls series, Bloodborne, and Elden Ring. Thanks to the prestige surrounding FromSoftware, Armored Core 6 has performed exceptionally well, and it seems that this will be a significant advantage for the series in the future.
In an interview with gamesindustry.biz, Arnauld Muller, CEO of Bandai Namco Europe, explained that Armored Core 6 offers an opportunity to truly expand the audience and that he intends to continue developing this franchise and working with FromSoftware on the series in the future. Muller acknowledges that the series is unlikely to achieve the same level of success as Elden Ring, as it is very niche, but notes that it represents significant progress for the franchise.
"That is a significant progress in this franchise," says Muller. "We won't be able to reach the numbers of Elden Ring, but we will surpass what previous Armored Core games have achieved. We have a fantastic game in our hands, the gameplay, the combat system is very loyal to what FromSoftware fans are accustomed to, so we really want to further develop this brand in collaboration with FromSoftware. My expectation is that those who discovered their games through Elden Ring will enjoy Armored Core."
It certainly makes sense for FromSoftware to continue the development of a successful and well-received series like Armored Core, especially now that the company holds a higher position than at the beginning of the franchise. The success of Armored Core 6 undoubtedly prompted decision-makers at FromSoftware to consider including new games from the series in their plans. However, it would be surprising if we had to wait another decade for the next game, given the success of this revival.
It is also nice to see that Muller sets realistic expectations for the series instead of expecting it to achieve the impressive numbers of Elden Ring, a mistake we have often seen in the past. If Bandai Namco is content with having Armored Core as a moderately successful brand, and if FromSoftware continues to work on the series, then the future of Armored Core looks very promising.