According to Namco Bandai, Armored Core V went gold this week, just in time for its release which happens to be next week. While Japan has had access to this new installment for some time, North America is only now getting it on March 20, 2012, followed by a European release on March 23.
The publisher is also talking pre-order bonuses for Armored Core V. Amazon is offering the "Recon Pack," while GameStop has the "Heavy Assault Pack." Nothing special, but additional parts and weapons can't hurt.
With all the recent talk about mech games, many of which are also coming out this year, I'll gladly devote a handful of late-night gaming sessions to pimping out my Armored Core. I need to get this mech lust out of my system.