Namco Bandai’s second game, to be published in partnership with From Software, is Amored Core V. Like Dark Souls, it’s been a while since we heard details on the game, so let’s get caught up before we admire the screens Namco sent out to the press.
Armored Core V is primarily focused on online multiplayer battles. The game emphasizes forming teams with other players and trying to capture enemy bases. From Software are adding a range of improvements to Armored Core V’s online multiplayer feature set. For instance, it’s possible for someone to log into the game in the middle of an ongoing multiplayer game and chat with his teammates while he waits for the match to end.
While teamplay is the core focus of Armored Core V, singleplayer mode is available, too. However, the game’s multiplayer focus can be felt here as well — the online game extends over into ACV’s solo mode. Even if all players of a team go offline, the battle will continue in singleplayer mode.
The goal, From say, is to create an online multiplayer experience that’s easy to participate in. Goals are set in a step-wise fashion, and there are no weapons that are too over-powered in the game. More important than skill is the ability to cooperate, allot jobs and form a strategy.
Armored Core V will also feature an increase in the number of parts to upgrade your mechs with that you get at the start of the game. While Japan gets Armored Core V this year, Namco Bandai are publishing it in the U.S and Europe in early 2012.