It has been for quite some time supposed that FromSoftware is developing a new Armored Core game. Presently, a ResetErathread from the end of the week created by one Red Liquorice shows a snippet of text reportedly contained within a purchaser review around a new installment in the mecha shooter series. It shows that Souls creator Hidetaka Miyazaki is in charge, with the game offering "a massive and three-dimensional map" with "an array of challenging enemies and carefully crafted situations that are worth taking on again and again."
According to Liquorice, the "supervisor fight looked quite Soulsy," writing in a subsequent post how "the player character in a white mech went in near the bigger robot chief and fought with like an energy or laser sword, this looked Souls-style." By their own admission, Red Liquorice has never played an Armored Core game but said how "the vastness of the architecture" also reminded them of Dark Souls.
"The overview listed a choice of titles for the game, so I surmise that hasn't been decided on yet," they continued. "Most of them were Armored Core: [Something], including just 'Armored Core' and both AC:6, AC:VI, and other subtitles I can't recall. A portion of the choices didn't include AC in the name at all."
The thread has now been updated with screenshots, though they've been partially darkened in an attempt to hide information identifying Liquorice. Most of them are still fairly easy to parse—mechs flying and shooting through blanketed landscapes, a couple of threatening-looking foe mechs and plenty of bullets and explosions. According to the leaker, the overview also had two gameplay videos that were about 30 seconds each, one showing off a supervisor battle and another showing some more gameplay around the aforementioned cold area. I've asked for further confirmation of the screenshots and videos and will update if I hear back.
To the relief of some Armored Core fans, the screenshots make it look nearer to the classic style rather than one that leans heavily into Soulslike territory, which has turned into FromSoftware's bread and butter. Though the screenshots have everyone pretty advertised up at this point, it's still worth taking things with a pinch of salt. With Elden Ring still more than a month away, there's a decent chance we won't get any official announcements for a while.