FromSoftware’s latest game, Armored Core 6, is on the horizon, and fans are eager to know if they’ll be able to engage in explosive mech battles on the Steam Deck.
The good news is that From Software seems to have the Steam Deck firmly in their sights.
Armored Core’s Legacy and Steam Deck’s Potential
Armored Core, a franchise that has been captivating gamers since its debut on the PlayStation 1, has amassed a cult following over the years. The allure of controlling a giant mech and engaging in intense combat with other colossal machines has resonated with players.
Despite the series’ dormancy, the success of From Software’s RPGs has breathed new life into Armored Core. The last game in the series, Armored Core: Verdict Day, was released over a decade ago on the PlayStation 3.
The interest in bringing From Software’s games to the Steam Deck stems from the popularity of both Dark Souls and Elden Ring, which consistently rank among the top twenty games played each month. Elden Ring, in particular, has maintained a strong presence on the list since its launch and the release of the Steam Deck.
Armored Core 6 will be on Steam Deck
FromSoftware has confirmed that Armored Core 6 will indeed be available on the Steam Deck (and hopefully, it will also be available in ASUS ROG Ally as well).
In an interview with Digital Trends, producer Yasunori Ogura stated, “Obviously seeing how well Elden Ring performed on the Steam Deck, we were very happy, and we wanted to at least create that as a baseline going forward for this handheld.”
The game’s mechanics should translate well to the Steam Deck, and if you’ve emulated previous entries, you’ll find the experience to be even more comfortable thanks to the Steam Deck’s back buttons and control remapping.
Better Game Visuals
Moreover, the performance of Armored Core 6 on the Steam Deck is expected to surpass that of Elden Ring. While Elden Ring offers a stable 40FPS on the Steam Deck, reaching higher refresh rates requires compromising the game’s visuals.
However, as Armored Core 6 is not an open-world game, its more confined levels and missions should be easier for the Steam Deck to handle. For starters, I hope it can take on action-packed competitive multiplayer fights.
For your reference, Armored Core 6 is slated for release on August 25th.