In November 2020, former Electronic Arts chief design officer Patrick Soderlund announced that he was working on a shooter (opens in new tab) at his new studio, Embark. At the Game Awards tonight, that game was properly unveiled as Arc Raiders, a free-to-play co-op third-person PvE shooter set to come out in 2022 that pits squads of humans against endless hordes of murder machines from space.
"We started Embark Studios three years ago with a blank canvas and some big ideas. Today, that canvas is a lot less blank and those ideas are becoming realities,” Soderlund said. "With this reveal, we want to celebrate gameplay and give players more than a hint of how ARC Raiders looks and what it feels like to play. Ultimately for a co-op action game like ARC Raiders, that's what matters the most. We look forward to sharing more about the game in the coming months."
Arc Raiders will prioritize and reward teamwork, as players loot enemies and scavenge ruins for for tools and gadgets that help give them the edge over the relentless mechanized forces of the Arc—essentially killer drones from outer space that drop in to pay humanity a visit from time to time. There isn't much in the way of detail at this point, but I dig the muted, mildly washed-out visual style, which I think is a great fit for the machine enemies of the Arc and the Earth itself, which doesn't appear to be in great shape.
Arc Raiders will be available on PC on Steam, the Epic Games Store, and GeForce Now. More details will be revealed soon. Find out more at arcraiders.com (opens in new tab).