Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown will be coming to Xbox One and PC (in addition to PlayStation 4 and PlayStation VR) according to a press release on the game's official website. A new trailer accompanied the press release:
If the header image with fighter jets didn't clue you in, Ace Combat is a series of games that are a hybrid between flight simulators and fighter arcade games. Although this marks the seventh numbered entry in the series, the Project Aces internal development team at Bandai Namco has produced 18 titles under the Ace Combat brand since 1992.
The latest title in the Ace Combat series will serve as a direct sequel to Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation. The previous game ended in peace between two fictional warring factions, so what the content of the story will be is anyone's guess. Notably, the writer of Ace Combat 4 and Ace Combat 5 Sunao Katabuchi is returning to lead the writing of Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown. The trailer suggests that drones will feature in the game as well as the dichotomy between remote and human pilots.
Although it is now officially a multiplatform title, Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown will feature some exclusive VR-only missions for PlayStation VR. There's not yet any word on whether the PC version of the game will have VR support. If it does, it could potentially support any of the headsets on the market as Steam has support integrated for the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and OpenVR systems.
Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown is currently pending a rating from the ESRB, but it has received a PEGI 16 rating in Europe. The title was originally announced at the PlayStation Experience 2015. No official release date has been set other than a general timeframe of releasing sometime in 2017.
What do you think of the Ace Combat series of games? If you're buying Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown, which platform will you be buying it on? Do you think VR support for the game will add to the experience? Let us know in the comments below!