MAJ ARC Raiders: the ambitious free-to-play TPS of DICE alumni postponed to make way for another game

Even before the revelation of his first project, Embark Studios attracted the attention of the industry, whether thanks to its director Patrick Söderlund who came from DICElike a good part of the team, or concept art of an enticing science fiction universe. The announcement ofRCAF Raiders to Game Awards 2021 did not at all scald the curious.

We were indeed able to discover an ambitious GST cooperative in free-to-play putting us face to face with an alien robotic threat, in wide open environments where we will experience explosive games. The experience wants to offer a different approach to online games by infusing its own mechanics and dynamics, and we can’t wait to see how Embark plans to do so.

However, it will be necessary to be more patient than announced to see the concrete. A launch (in Early Access ?) was planned for 2022 on PC via Steam and theEpic Games StorePS5 and Xbox Series X|S, but as the year progresses and no news of the project has been given, ARC Raiders has just been confirmed to be delayed to 2023.

We have made the decision to postpone ARC Raiders to 2023.

ARC Raiders is an ambitious game, and we will use this extra time to expand the experience and allow it to reach its full potential.

We’ll give more details as we start testing the game more thoroughly with players.

The excitement around ARC Raiders since its reveal has been so encouraging to us, and we really appreciate your support.

Never mind, RCAF Raiders won’t be the first project of its kind to be postponed: let’s at least hope that this additional development time allows Embark to achieve its goals.

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Update : in a note, Embark declared via its director Patrick Söderlund that this postponement was mainly due to the development of another title, ProjectDiscoverya FPS in teams that he wants out before RCAF Raiders.

As you may know, Embark has several projects in development. Beyond ARC Raiders, we’re also working on a team-based first-person shooter: codenamed Project Discovery. We shared a little teaser with some first images of the project late last year. We have a number of super talented people with extensive FPS experience here at Embark, and the development of Project Discovery has progressed faster than we ever imagined, especially over the last few months.

So much so that we started to face the prospect of being able to release two games simultaneously. For a young, relatively small studio like ours, releasing two games in a short period of time would have strained our teams and resources, many of which are split between the two projects. So, we’ve decided to let Project Discovery be our studio’s first game to hit the market, pushing ARC Raiders to release in 2023. It’s a move that will also allow us to expand and refine the ARC Raiders experience. .

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