As the Armored Core V community dwindles away, one of the promised online features finally makes its debut.
Disheartened players of Armored Core V had some good news waiting for them when they logged into the game this morning: the long-awaited arrival of multiplayer bosses. According to the in-game announcement, the bosses will be available from 9:00 AM PDT on Friday, April 26, through 2 AM PDT on Monday, April 30. The multiplayer bosses have been present on Japan’s server for some time now, but have yet to be seen on European or US servers. This missing feature is one of many frustrations for fans of the game, who are still left to wonder when patches to catch up with the Japanese version will be released. PixlBit has contacted Namco Bandai for comment on these issues, but has yet to receive a response, and no official press releases have been issued about the online bosses or patches.
A select few will go nuts for this game that most people will hate.
Armored Core V has its faults. Whether it's the limp story mode or the user-hating menu system, its design is sure to scare away most. However, gamers who love to decipher complex systems and are willing to invest the time will find an experience that's incredibly engaging. Armored Core V doesn’t shy away from its inscrutable nature, which will drive the compulsive number-crunching freaks to get that much more obsessed with figuring it all out. Throw in the blitzkrieg, large scale mech battles, and you have a mixture that appeals to a very specific type of gamer – and they are going to need a professional intervention to pull them away.
Another retooling of the Armored Core franchise might have enough new ideas to draw in players who have resisted all of these years.
If you dream of controlling fully customized, walking machines of death around a battlefield, you are probably Japanese. If you actually aren’t Japanese and this concept has some appeal to you, then you are part of the niche of Western gamers that Armored Core V is courting. Even though mech piloting sounds like a lot of fun to almost everyone, most of us in the West just don’t get around to doing it in our spare time. All indications are that we should clear our schedules to try out Armored Core V.
Rich Bantegui, Community Manager for Namco Bandai Games America, showcases the variety of options for weapons and mech customization, and also the bosses that players will be confronting.