Embark Studios, a young group of former DICE employees led by former EA director Patrick Söderlund, has delayed its upcoming shooter title, Arc Raiders. Originally, the title was slated to launch this year but will now launch in 2023.
The reason is that the team decided to pivot and focus on launching another team-based shooter codenamed Project Discovery. One blog post written by Söderlund explains that Embark has some projects in development and Discovery progressed so quickly that it seemed to have caught up with Arc Raiders, giving the team the ability to ship two games in the same timeframe. However, doing is more than what a small group can handle.
“For a young, relatively small studio like us, releasing two games in a row in such a short period of time puts a strain on our team and resources, many of which are shared between the two projects. .” Soderlund explains.
“We therefore decided to make Project Discovery the first game from our studio to hit the market, pushing Arc Raiders to a 2023 release. It is a decision that will also allow us to expand and fine-tuning the Arc Raiders experience. “
Aside from being a team-based first-person shooter, very little is known about Project Discovery. The concept art posted above suggests that it is set in the present or possibly the near future. Söderlund promises to reveal more details “very soon”.
Arc Raiders made its debut during the 2021 Game Awards and will be a free-to-play cooperative shooter where players work together to battle machine creatures from space. It will launch for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, and PC.