Following the success of the Dark Souls board game, From Software has decided to take another of their famous IPs from the digital world, Armored Core, and bring it into the real world, in board game form.
While this news may annoy members of the gaming community who have been patiently waiting for a new Armored Core videogame for what feels like forever, the crowd who enjoys this type of thing may have something to look forward to.
The gameplay itself sounds a little confusing, however, with no dice or turns; rather, players will engage in combat in “real-time” as they would a competitive multiplayer videogame.
According to the Kickstarter page:
“Armored Core™ RTS is a real time strategy board game where all players pilot mechs, fire weapons, activate equipment and direct support troops simultaneously. This new system captures the speed of the video games in a smooth, accurate and action-packed flow that's compressed into a series of 20-minute missions.”
How does this work you might be asking yourself?
Well, each Armored Core RTS “mission” takes 20-minutes and the campaigns can allegedly last a week. Players move their mechs through a cityscape that offers two levels of battle, and focuses on line of sight attacks.
“Within a mission, players might compete to mine resources with their support units, destroy the opponents' forward base, carry salvage to drop zones, activate up-link points and more.”
In true Armored Core fashion, resources and technology gained through victory can be used to customize your mech. Each model has swappable parts that allow you to replace and upgrade damaged equipment, as well as customizing your weapon loadout, legs, arms and so on. Like the videogame, certain weapons will have recharge rates and energy costs, as well as the option to focus on long-range attacks or up close and personal Gundam-eqsue melee battles.
Basically what we all love about Armored Core but in miniature form.
The model designs have been sculpted by a team led by Sergey Kolesnik and Galen Tingle and use licensed material from Armored Core V.
The Kickstarter for Armored Core RTS has already soared past the initial goal of $75,000, and at the time of this article is currently sitting at a cushy $152,000. For $79 pledge-backers will receive the “core set” which includes 8 mech models, 12 resource collectors, 10 buildings, 4 LED bases and damage dishes, 24 mech-boards, 50 jumbo gems, 100 damage blocks, 100+ weapon, booster and equipment cards and the 27x33” game board.
For more info and how to pledge Armored Core RTS, visit the Kickstarter page.