Armored Core 6 isn’t a small facet undertaking for FromSoftware. That will have appeared apparent from the game’s bombastic trailers, however with out famed studio head Hidetaka Miyazaki serving as director and with that massive Elden Ring DLC additionally within the works, it is much less apparent precisely how FromSoftware splits its time and sources. Throughout a current interview with Armored Core 6’s director and producer, I requested how massive the studio is now and the way the groups are damaged down.

“We do not count on gamers to learn by way of the entire workers listing on the finish of each game and examine who’s who,” joked producer Yasunori Ogura. “To offer a broad picture, we’ve nearly 400 workers at FromSoftware, and about 300 of these are growth workers. That pool of growth workers is shifted round, moved between initiatives as wanted, relying on the present scenario with a undertaking and the present interval of growth.”

Ogura is a FromSoftware lifer—his earliest game credit score on Mobygames is as a member of the publicity workers on Shadow Tower: Abyss in 2003, and he is since labored in PR and advertising on greater than two dozen From video games, all the best way up by way of Elden Ring. Armored Core 6 is Ogura’s first producing function, and he defined that the game has a big workers behind it—in comparison with previous Armored Cores, at the very least.

“At peak instances, you’d have as much as 200, 230 builders engaged on Armored Core 6,” he mentioned. “This was just like Elden Ring as properly. On the peak interval of that undertaking, you’d have the same variety of workers engaged on it concurrently. So workers is moved round fluidly as and when wanted.” 

For comparability’s sake, Armored Core 5, launched in 2012, had solely about 80 inner dev workers. A decade later, 200ish devs looks as if fairly sensible progress. What’s extra stunning is {that a} game of Elden Ring’s scale was made with a staff of the identical dimension.

Ubisoft has lately mentioned it has about 2,000 builders engaged on Murderer’s Creed and plans to extend that quantity to 2,800—although that is throughout a number of video games. Hell, even Baldur’s Gate 3 developer Larian Studios has lately outgrown FromSoftware, passing 400 workers to understand its ambitions for the brand new RPG. FromSoftware’s growth staff stays unusually small contemplating the video games it produces.

With Armored Core 6 solely a month away from launch, it appears seemingly that the majority of these builders who had been on the staff at its peak have now moved over to Elden Ring growth Shadow of the Erdtree—or maybe one thing new altogether.