Armored Core 5 Slips Into 2011

By Spencer . November 5, 2010 . 3:45am

imageIt’s been awhile since we’ve heard about Armored Core 5 and the first news we get is the game has been delayed. Famitsu reports From Software pushed the mecha fighting game’s release from sometime this year to 2011.


Details about Armored Core 5 will be released early next year. Armored Core 5 is in development for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

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  • Exkaiser

    It’s a bit disheartening, but I kind of expected it.

    Can’t wait for that info, though.

  • What is this series? I do not think Ive ever even heard of it before. Is it good?

    • MrRobbyM

      “What is this series”

      Wha…what? It’s been around since PS1 era.

      • Exkaiser

        Shh, he doesn’t play PS1 games.

    • Wikipedia is your friend.

      • I hate doing that because then I get spoilered. The last time I did it to look into something I never heard of, someone had placed a major storyline spoiler right at the top of the page :(

        • What does it matter if you get spoiled or not? You don’t even know what the series is about. Chances are you won’t even understand the spoilers anyway.

          • It isnt a chance worth taking. What if I am aligned with the game and truly want it and that I want to experience the past games? Then my experience of enjoying the past games is ruined since I would know have this spoiler replaying in my mind. I would be unable to enjoy the past games, if I wanted to check them out.

          • Because you’d have no idea what’s going on and besides a few details you wouldn’t understand any of it anyway.

        • The general page dedicated to Armored Core is pretty much spoiler free,go take a look.

    • SolidusSnake

      You don’t even need to wikipedia, just do a freakin google search and you will quickly learn that it is about customizing giant robots and having them clobber each other. Do you enjoy parading your ignorance around?

      • That was a little harsh.

        • Truly it was, but then again, I always get harsh comments from around here, so its just the norm :(

        • SolidusSnake

          I try not to be a super asshole, but this user kinda brings it upon himself.

    • Yusaku_Matsuda70s

      I think this your question is legitimate if you genuinely want to hear the opinions of the people around here/ some player opinions in regards to this series.

      Here’s my take on it: If you like spending hours on end customizing your mecha to perfection before jumping into action, you’ll have a blast. If you like detailed, varied environments, you won’t find them here. If you like straightforward gameplay that’s easy to learn but not particularly intense, this is up your alley. Finally, if you enjoy deep, engrossing science fiction stories, you’ll be disappointed.

      • Exkaiser

        Hey, man, Armored Core is plenty intense when you’re being Pulverized.

        • Yusaku_Matsuda70s

          Hahaha I can’t argue there. :)

      • I found the stories to be deep and engrossing, actually.

        • Yusaku_Matsuda70s

          Really? Maybe I wasn’t paying close attention, but despite an intriguing over-arching plot and back story, I always found the narrative themselves to be rather under-referenced, and told in a such a mundane manner it’s hard for me to invest much.

  • Code

    I’m really hoping this one kills the redundant boosting/jump hoovering, and is maybe a bit more grounded then Armored Core For Answer, maan it made me so sick when I played it, had to literally return it hours later omo’ There’s so few good action/mecha games now a days, nothing can quiet fulfill my customization niche.

    • Yusaku_Matsuda70s

      If only the gameplay was anywhere as deep as the customization. Not Steel Battalion controller deep, but deep dish pizza deep. Also, less repetition in missions would be nice… Can’t tell if this one’s more grounded though, judging by the teaser.

    • Exkaiser

      How about Metal Max 3!

      …Oh wait, it didn’t get localized.

      • Code

        I think me and you Exkaiser may be the only two people here who manage to some how bring up Metal Max on a regular bases, lol >w<' Seriously though god I wish it was out T_T'

  • Sad news, however if it was intended to bring it to this side of the planet, it was inevitable :( . I kinda like AC FA and i still play it when i can, however they seriously need to reduce the speed, all those lightweights ac´s that people keep using are just annoying (and i love to use tanks ._. )

  • Yusaku_Matsuda70s

    I don’t mind. Though unless it’s simultaneous release then we’re not getting this for a while. I do hope it’s good. I like what I’ve seen and heard so far: smaller mecha, more detailed levels/ varied terrain, changed mission structure, more militaristic mecha designs, grittier visuals…The last mecha game that I’ve enjoyed was Z.O.E 2nd Runner, and that was a while ago… Lots of people say that, but that’s because most mecha action games are just shallow, repetitive slash-and-shoots without an engaging story.

    • Code

      rar, ZOE2 <3 It'll always hold a special place in my heart! It might not have customization, but it was still an absolutely marvelous game.

    • Exkaiser

      I feel bad, being the only mecha fan who didn’t find ZOE to be exceptional. Maybe it’s because, to me, they felt so similar to ACE, which is itself kind of bland.

      My favorite part of it was less the gameplay and more the Inhert. I wish Kaneko would do more mech designs, they’re always so great.

      • Yusaku_Matsuda70s

        Nah don’t feel bad. I found the first game to be subpar in many ways. Though now I’m interested on what mecha game you do enjoy (or if you don’t enjoy mecha games in general).

        For me it wasn’t so much 2nd Runner’s gameplay was exceptional, it was how polished and well presented the whole thing was. It had (what I thought) was good voice acting, dialogue that varied from hilarity to serious drama, storytelling that was well integrated into the gameplay, and like you said, the unique mecha designs of Kaneko (as well as attractive environments). Oh, and ZOMG ZERO SHIFT COMBAT. 8)

        • Exkaiser

          I find that there aren’t really too many mecha games I’d call exceptional… The genre always felt pretty slim to me. While I’m a big fan of SRW, they’re usually far to simple to be great strategy games, though Z and GC are really quite good. Gundam vs Gundam Next+ was a really good fighter, even for a non-Gundam fan. I’ve been a fan of Armored Core since the PSX, but I wish there was more mission variety. Front Mission is good in general as an SRPG series. I’m a fan of Medarot as well. Armored Warriors, Cyberbots, and Kikaioh are all great fighting games, too…

          But the game that sums up fighting robot games first and foremost for me is Virtual-On. The feel of the dual-sticks, the cockpit arcade seats, the intense pace… Ah, now I wish there was an arcade with a V-On cabinet around here. After that, Gotcha Force is probably my second-favorite mecha game. That game was surprisingly great.

          • Yusaku_Matsuda70s

            Oh dood, Kikaioh aka Tech Romancer!? God I love that game to death. Somehow being tributes to certain mecha makes the whole thing even better than if they were the officially licensed mecha for me. Story mode is so much campy fun. Makes me wish I still had a Dreamcast… Cyberbots is cool too but the mechas aren’t as exciting. Never tried Armored Warriors. What about Gundam Battle Assault (2)?I like SRW but that’s case where I want the games with all the different licensed mechas, not just the OG ones. But I know… license cluster**** in America makes it impossible. I enjoyed the first few Armored Cores, but after 3 I got tired of it so I stopped. Tried 4 for a bit but decided I needed a more drastic change… Maybe 5 will do it.Virtual-On is something special, really did feel like I was piloting a mecha. Too bad only works for arcades though. I’ve only had the chance to try it a few times in life lol. Have you tried Custom Robo?

          • Exkaiser

            Ah, my wish is for Exkaiser to show up in a future SRW, but I’m really not sure yet if it’s possible for the old Braves to show up, despite all the Eldorans being in. While I’m a fan of Banpresto Originals and I like OG, it is a shame we can’t get the vast majority of the franchise over here. Well, I suppose we can count on some of them getting fan translations in the future, but…

            Oh, Custom Robo is pretty fun- though I’ve only played the Gamecube game, not the N64 or DS iterations. It’s got a similar concept with Medarot, but makes it into an action game (Medarot’s action games weren’t really that great), it’s pretty fun! Speaking of which, have you been keeping an eye on The Little Battlers/Danball Senki? It looks to be in the same vein, and I’m liking the mech designs so far (Too bad I don’t have any money for the kits…).

            I can’t blame you for stopping after AC3, since the games are pretty samey, but at the same time AC3-Last Raven is my favorite section of the series. Well, maybe not Nine Breaker, but I don’t think that one has any fans.

            Yeah, I play VO-OT on the 360 sometimes, but it’s just not the same… maybe if I had the dual stick controller it’d be better? Still a fun game on a regular controller, but it feels a bit watered down.

  • Exand

    Considering how poor Front Mission Evolved was, hopefully the delay is From Software working out issues in the game.

    • neo_firenze

      Considering that From Software had no involvement with Front Mission Evolved (Double Helix developed it for Square-Enix), I don’t see why you think it is a useful comparison just because they’re both mech games. Much better to look at AC4 and For Answer, which both turned out just fine and give me faith that From will come through with a solid game for AC5.

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