The story of the Armored Core collection has been rebooted a minimum of 3 times in 25 years, however the premise has by no means assorted a lot from some core themes. You’re a mercenary. The world is run by quarreling mega firms. The Earth has been ravaged, or is on the point of a ravaging. Every little thing sucks besides the mechs, that are hella cool.

The three-and-a-half-minute Armored Core 6 “story trailer” Bandai Namco launched at the moment is a thinly disguised excuse to point out its mechs are nonetheless hella cool. It does, and they’re. It is a cinematic, harking back to the frilly sequences that open all of FromSoftware’s Souls video games—not gameplay and even an in-engine cutscene, however a tone-setter for what we’ll be enjoying on August 25.

There are some precise narrative particulars to be gleaned right here—a squad of pilots with numbers slightly than names (617, 619) die whereas assaulting an infinite cannon emplacement. “Effectively, a minimum of you are serving to me clear my stock,” says an unnamed voice. One other pilot, 621, is laid out on a desk, all types of nasty sci-fi medical tools surrounding them. A clone? A take a look at topic? Whoever they’re, that is in all probability who we are, as the tip of the trailer implies 621 would be the pilot we management in AC6.

I am providing you with permission to observe and re-watch the above trailer and never care about any of that, as a result of in between these scraps of dialogue are immaculately animated sequences of mechs firing missiles and gatling weapons, being melted and blasted to bits, and dodging to-and-fro with lateral jets. The somber music that performs as they turn into slag says that I ought to be unhappy, however I do not know how one can watch this footage and be something however giddy. If mechs get a lot cooler than this, I do not know if I can take it.