Armored Core V confirmed for the West

Namco Bandai extends From Software publishing partnership to mech combat franchise, due on 360, PS3 in 2012.

Yesterday, reports emerged out of Japan that Namco Bandai and From Software were on the verge of parting the curtain on Dark Souls, the follow-up to GameSpot's 2009 Game of the Year, Demon's Souls. However, that won't be the only game the two companies are partnering on.

These mechs? These are the tiny ones.

As part of an event in San Francisco today, Namco Bandai announced that it would also be publishing the next installment in From Software's other major franchise, Armored Core V. As with Dark Souls, Namco Bandai will handle publishing duties for the game in North America and Europe only, while From Software will self-publish in Japan. The Namco Bandai-published version will be available on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 in 2012.

Previously announced for Japan, Armored Core V maintains the franchise's focus on high-octane mech combat and comprehensive customization options. From Software has focused on delivering more content this time around by incorporating new environments and enhancing the game's offline mode. Online modes will also be available, ones that will emphasis large-scale, team-based battles.

Armored Core V will also make a substantive break from previous installments in the franchise by offering smaller-scale mechs. The change, in theory, will shift the focus to more tactical gameplay, as opposed to brute-force attacks.

GameSpot will have in-depth previews on both Armored Core V and Dark Souls soon.

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killlo
killlo

AC5 hell yeah! I fell in love with AC2 and have been playing most of the major AC games :)

Ravens_Pride
Ravens_Pride

man they keep pushing it back this is really pissing me off, its been far to long for AC5 if this isnt the greatest game i ever played im done with AC.

Seryll
Seryll

Been playing since the original and have purchased all but a handful, such as the Formula Front, Last Raven, and Silent Line, which I still plan on buying sometime. While I agree the best was AC2 and ACAA, I disagree with the fact that AC4 brought the series to a halt, I think it was really good. Maybe it didn't make as much as an advancement as AC2 did from AC1, MoA etc, but it was definately a solid game, and I'm definately going to try out AC5. As for people talking about ACs being rip offs of Gundams, show me a Gundam video game that was ever like Armored Core. Ever.

MrHanky35
MrHanky35

@RPG_Fan_I_Am Agreed, AC 2 was/is to me the best mech game ever. I do have some fond memories of multi player on it to

RPG_Fan_I_Am
RPG_Fan_I_Am

@MrHanky35 in that case sir, I respectfully accept your argument. I still like old school AC better, AC2-3 to me were the best ones, and I found multiplayer to work fine on them. so to each their own.

Twin-Blade
Twin-Blade

Never played an Armored Core game before, but I bought a PSP a few years ago with Formula Front in mind, but could never find it (didn't buy online back then) & I ended up selling my PSP. I thought the mech shown for many of the AC4 trailers looked awesome but Gamespot's score put me off, despite thinking it looked really good. Anyway, after some of the amazing games I've loved in the past few years that scored low here, such as NIER, I decided to order AC: For Answer yesterday, & the next day I see the AC5 confirmation. I hope the franchise is as cool as it looks.

X-RS
X-RS

im looking forward to it :) though i dont see why there cant be a mech game that has high speed combat. very curious to how this and steel battalion will compare....

evilkenshin1
evilkenshin1

lets hope unlike with 4 they don't remove access to the patch server for australia again, towards the end only japan had access to the patch's.

brian_13un
brian_13un

I used to wonder why Namco Bandai don't port to PC while other Japanese Devs do it like Capcom, Arc System Works, Square Enix and many more......

leviathanwing
leviathanwing

ac has been horrible ever since we started playing as gundams... zipping about going pew, pew... zipping about some more. get back to your roots like AC3 and AC2:AA and make it more tactical instead of twitch and itll be a better day for us all.

MrHanky35
MrHanky35

@RPG_Fan_I_Am First, let me start off saying i have liked the armored core series since AC2, although there have been some resent cores that have been pretty bad, but not my point. CH gave you a tone more to customize then AC ever has, and the multiplayer was actually really fun before everybody mastered the howitzers with slash damage, that made it get old. (The com tower idea was also very cool). AC multiplayer is terrible, with special mention to that being AC4. what makes AC better for me is the story and the very short but fun battles (like all the Arenas, where you go up in rank, some of those (~75%) are really fun). CHs "story"..Campaign, was terrible. but building the mechs and having yours not look ANYTHING like everybody elses was awesome. AC hasnt really ever done anything close, you just plan its construction and go through the Section tabs and it builds it for you. but thats just my opinion, itd be an awesome idea to incorporate full customization in AC

thedarkwolf666
thedarkwolf666

AC 4 was terrible. Pre-built blueprints instead of the customization that made the series famous? No thanks. That's almost as bad as what was done to Command and Conquer 4.

Arab-man666
Arab-man666

This series turned really cheapy- or perhaps it just didn't move forward with the times. I don't know why, but a lot of legendary titles form the east (Dynasty Warriors, ACE, Armored Core, Tenchu) seem to suffer from some serious lag in both game-play and graphical enhancements. The thing is, they're still quite fun- but we keep raising our bar to match everyone else- and they get caught in the dust. Kind of sad.

yaba
yaba

Used to like the Armored Core series. I think it lost it's way, but maybe there is hope.

TrueIori
TrueIori

loved 4 and skip on :The answer -_-.... so I guess it time to get back up on my mech skill... can't wait.

MJ12-Conspiracy
MJ12-Conspiracy

Armored Core used to be cool now it's a joke....let's just hope this one is as good as Silent Line at least....

minion715
minion715

i was decived by IV the videos look good but game play was to slow and limted but that was 4 i dont know what 5 is like. however, nothing beats ZONE OF THE ENDERS because it is realy fast and capable of seziures because its so fast and i like that

RPG_Fan_I_Am
RPG_Fan_I_Am

@inaka_rob lmfao Chromehounds.... really? You obviously fail to realize the point in Armored Core. The reason it takes you 30 minutes to set up a Mech suit is because they provide people with the ability to completely customize their Mech suit. just picking the best stuff doesn't give you the best Mech suit either, you have to think do you want Speed? Attack? Defense? Energy? Cooling? all of which take up specs on each otheres things. for instance more cooling and energy make you slower.... This game is simply amazing, its only downfall is its starting to repeat its self and they aren't adding much of anything new to it.

howie1926
howie1926

Sweet...I deff won't be buying this but I will be renting it

subyman
subyman

I loved the first one, but every one after that was lackluster.

inaka_rob
inaka_rob

Armored core series is HORRID. Armored core 4 was the WORST game I bought in the last year, if not 2 or 3 years. my iphone or ds has better graphics than that game. and gameplay. what game play. it takes 10 minutes to set up your mech and the mission are 30 to 90 seconds long. terrible game!!!! there has not been a good mech game since 360 launch!!!!! chromehounds.

Quietpower09
Quietpower09

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Yasviele
Yasviele

I'm looking forward for this !

s_h_a_d_o
s_h_a_d_o

@doomsoth I'm with you on that, but I think it's retreated into a Mech limbo unfortunately .. still, fingers crossed.

Savior4Life
Savior4Life

The last one was way too frustrating with a ridiculous difficulty. I'll pass this time.....

doomsoth
doomsoth

I'll wait for the new Mechwarrior, if it ever comes out, but thanks.

CarlitosWay
CarlitosWay

@Ranma_X_basic Wow man. You surprised me with that comment. I was JUST talking about ZOE with some friends, and we were discussing how awesome a next gen ZOE would be bloody awesome.

Barighm
Barighm

Yay. I was worried AC4 flopped and we would never see this again. Hopefully Namco will give From a little more free reign, because, as Demon's Souls proved, they can be innovative when they want to be, and Armored Core seriously needs some fresh ideas. I stopped playing them simply because every titles was the same-later installments used remakes of missions from earlier games!-and I didn't see why I should get another game.

Ranma_X_basic
Ranma_X_basic

I like my fair share of Mech games but one i'd like to see on Next gen consoles is Zone of the Enders since the previous two games were a blast to play.

The-Techspert
The-Techspert

Mixed feelings, I used to like Armored Core but it kind of got convoluted...I havent even played the "For Answer" that I bought over the summer.

Novemberfreeze
Novemberfreeze

this is exciting! 2 games that i really look forward to!

Sha-Ruze
Sha-Ruze

Demon Souls was highly impressive and quite the challenging surprise for me. From Software hasn't let me down yet so I'm looking forward to Dark Souls. As far as the Armored Core series goes, I love it for the customization and action it offers. The story on the other hand never felt engaging in any of the games, but I suppose that was never the initial focus of the series. Still looking forward to the next game though. The mech customization is practically a game in its own right.

Roger_Smith
Roger_Smith

Idk, the mechs look 'chibi' now. Needs more info.

boctober
boctober

Nice! Always look forward to more Armored Core games. This series is by far the best for mech combat and customization games.

Lifeshifter
Lifeshifter

Awesome!!! Cant wait for the new Armored Core