From Software pushes latest customization-heavy mech shooter to January 2012 to incorporate beta feedback; Western release TBA.
From Software saw a surge in popularity in the West in 2009 thanks to the breakout success of Demon's Souls, which GameSpot named Game of the Year. With Demon's Souls' anticipated follow-up Dark Souls due to hit the West in October, From Software has delayed the latest release of its long-running mech franchise from October to January 2012 in Japan.
In a statement posted to its official website, From Software said that it decided to push Armored Core V after receiving feedback during its Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 beta-testing phase.
Namco Bandai, which is publishing the game in North America and Europe, did not indicate whether this delay would impact Armored Core V's release in those regions. From the onset, Armored Core V had been announced for release in the West next year. Namco Bandai had not returned a request for comment as of press time.
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.
For more information, check out GameSpot's previous coverage of Armored Core V.
i almost forgot how good japs make trailers :) ... last AC game i really played was AC3 ps2, energy weapons all the way XD
Last I played For Answer, and man it had some crazy difficulty spikes with godly opponents. I hope they sort out stuff like this in this one, since I've been playing Armored Core from its PS1 days. I remember buying a Playstation Magazine, putting in the demo disc, playing the demo, and then bought it once I had the money. Good times...
I hope that this isnt a withdrawel notice, they dont make it clear what the beta tests showed up. If the western beta testers have put a western fps slant on there reports then that could be the reason that the devs have thought that may be the game wont work with western markets. I wish devs would just have the confidence to let the markets decide for themselves. Testers arent always right, just possibly biased. Unless of course the beta tests threw up ghastly bugs. That would be a different reason altogether.
Sad to hear it is delayed, but. take as much time as you need to properly fine tune game mechanics. Just, make sure that the Karasawa and Moonlight are kept totally broken, as they should be.
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