To those worried about the state of the Armored Core franchise, From Software would like you all to know that it has no intention of letting the series end in its current state.
This news comes via Twitter following the 20th anniversary livestream from earlier today which focused on the company’s most well-known series prior to the inception of the Souls franchise.
“Thank you for watching the Armored Core 20th Anniversary Music Special Broascast! There is nothing we can announce now, but we don’t intend to end the AC series as it is, so we’d be happy if you could wait a little longer. Even going forward, thanks for supporting From Software!”
Following its initial announcement, many had assumed the stream would be used to announce the continuation of the series — especially since the Souls series is seemingly over and done with. However, those who had such expectations were shocked to soon learn that there would be no such announcements on the stream, with it being focused on the music of the series up to the latest game Armored Core: Verdict Day.
This news was particularly unfortunate because it was the second time in just as many years that From Software would raise everyone’s hopes before dashing them spectacularly. The first time this occurred was in Sept. 2016 when President Hidetaka Miyazaki revealed that a new Armored Core game was in the works, only for the studio to immediately backtrack as soon as the news broke claiming in a press release that Miyazaki didn’t actually make any such admission.
As such, despite the enjoyable livestream, hope for the series was at an all-time low until From Software took to Twitter to confirm the intention to continue the series. That wasn’t the only news the studio had in store for fans, however, as it also revealed there will be a new Armored Core theme for the PS4 which will arrive tomorrow.
“The Armored Core 20th Anniversary PS4 theme will be delivered tomorrow, December 5th. Please download it! Even from now on, From Software will continue to push forward with development. Thank you for your support!”
Though the announcement of a new game would have been ideal, hearing that the series will eventually pick up again where it left off in 2013 is still great to hear. That said, it would be wise to not get too excited about it. Right now, Director and Producer Toshifumi Nabeshima is working on Left Alive by Square Enix, so chances are that any serious news about a new Armored Core installment is still a long ways off.