Embark Studio’s upcoming free-to-play shooter, ARC Raiders, has been delayed to 2023

As long as it's good, the delay is worthwhile.

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Free to Play Shooter, Arc Raiders, Has Been Delayed

Who’s Embark Studios? What’s ARC Raiders? Why is it delayed until 2023?

All will be revealed!

Embark Studios is a Stockholm-based indie game development studio that was founded back in November 2018 by six industry experts, and although as a team they haven’t had any previously released titles, ARC Raiders is looking like it’s going to be a doozy.

Originally announced in December 2021 at the Game Awards, ARC Raiders has stirred up quite a bit of excitement among the gaming community. This is in spite of the fact that we haven’t received much in terms of trailers, gameplay clips, or any other general announcement from the developers. It’s a free-to-play co-op third-person shooter, set in an environment writhing with ARC, a malevolent cacophony of mechanical robot aliens! You, the player, are a raider who must defend their homeland from this impending, invading, orbital threat. It looks like it’s drawing heavy inspiration from Destiny or Borderlands titles, although we’ll just have to wait and see if Embark Studios will live up to their ‘innovative’ promises and deliver something truly new.

Unfortunately, bringing that innovation seems to be taking its toll, as the game, originally set to release this year (2022), has officially been delayed to 2023 now. To announce this, the development team had opted for a quick-to-the-point statement, rather than a long list of reasons for the delay.

Essentially, it boils down to a single sentence:

“ARC Raiders is an ambitious game, and we will be using this extra time to expand the experience and allow it to reach its fullest potential.”

Hey, if that’s what it takes to get the job done well, we would always rather see a game delayed than rushed. Especially in the free-to-play shooter space, which is in such desperate need of something new and interesting to save it.


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