Ex-Dice developers that created a new studio by the name of Embark Studios have decided to delay ARC Raiders, their upcoming free-to-play co-op shooter, from late 2022 to sometime in 2023. This delay will give them more time to “expand” their biggest project while focusing on their secondary game, currently called Discovery, and getting it out first.
The wording from Embark Studios means that the extra time is not needed for polishing. But to enhance the entire experience to reach its full potential. This should be good for both ARC Raiders and fans because a free-to-play title that doesn’t have enough content at launch usually keeps struggling for a very long time.
An update from the team: pic.twitter.com/0J3imUtZP4
— ARC Raiders (@ARCRaidersGame) August 8, 2022
Why Delay ARC Raiders?
The delay doesn’t exactly come as a shock, as ever since its official gameplay reveal in 2021, Embark Studios has not shared any new information regarding the progress of ARC Raiders.
The studio is currently working on multiple titles at the same time. The second project that the company has only teased until now is called Project Discovery. It is a first-person shooter, and the past experience of the studio has allowed them to make quicker progress than it ever thought possible.
Embark is celebrating 3 years! So what have we accomplished? We’ve grown to more than 250 game makers, we’ve got big plans for the future, and a few projects we are just itching to share. To celebrate, we thought we’d share a glimpse of *another* unannounced game in the works. 🎂 pic.twitter.com/TdeZQcuvDs
— Embark Studios (@EmbarkStudios) November 9, 2021
Project Discovery looks very impressive for such a small studio and it being released first makes sense. At first, Embark Studios were considering releasing both games at the same time. But for such a small and relatively new studio, that would have been too difficult mainly because the same teams are shared among both projects. So the decision was made to delay ARC Raiders to 2023.
Finally, the developer also announced that they are working on a PvP mode for ARC Raiders during this time. Embark Studios also confirmed that we would be getting more information about Project Discovery very soon. Apparently, there are some other projects in the works as well, but those have not been revealed thus far.