Similar to Armored Core games, the player controls a quick flying mech. The mechs can carry a wide variety of weapons and destroy both the enemies and environment. It has some customization for mobility and durability and mechs can be unlocked by playing through the game.
The game was originally announced during E3 2018 as a mech action game with the intent of acting as a spiritual successor of the Armored Core series. A demo of the game was made available after a Nintendo Direct broadcasted on February 13, 2019 during which the release window of the game was narrowed down to summer 2019.
DAEMON X MACHINA got "mixed or average" reviews on Metacritic, receiving a metascore of 68/100 based on 67 critic reviews. IGN scores the game with a 6.5/10, citing "Like a mech without a pilot, Daemon X Machina is a beautiful shell with not enough to fill it.". On whatoplay.com, this game holds a playscore of 7.80 based on 51 critics.