The free-to-play multiplayer shooter Arc Raiders will be released in 2023, a year later than previously communicated. Embark Studios is responsible for the game, a studio founded by Patrick Söderlund. Söderlund was previously CEO at EA and DICE.
With the delay wil Embark Studios ‘increase the experience’ in order to reach the ‘full potential’ of the game. A specific release date has not yet been announced. In a more extensive statement Söderlund explains that the delay has to do with another game Embark Studios is working on, Project Discovery.
Project Discovery is a team-based first person shooter, about which not much is known yet. The development of this game would have been faster than expected, allowing Project Discovery and Arc Raiders to be finished around the same time. “For a young, relatively small studio like Embark Studios, releasing two games in a short space of time would put a strain on our teams and resources,” as these teams and resources are split between the two projects.
That’s why Embark Studios chose to release Project Discovery first, presumably this year. Arc Raiders will therefore be released next year. With the extra time, the game maker wants to work on a new pvp mode and implement it in Arc Raiders. It was already known that the third person shooter would get a pve mode. In that pve mode, gamers play as humans fighting against aliens who want to take over Earth. The game will be released for Xbox Series consoles, PlayStation 5, and PC. Embark Studios wants to announce more about Project Discovery ‘soon’.
Söderlund was responsible for the development of all of the company’s games at EA. Before that, he headed Battlefield creator DICE. He left EA . in 2018 to found his own studio Embark Studioswith an investment from the Korean Nexon.