Those looking to finally hop into a jet and blast off in Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown will have to wait a little longer. The Ace Combat Franchise Director – Kazutoki Kono – announced in an open letter to fans of the game that the will be pushed back to 2018.
In the letter, Kono wrote:
“The Project ACES team and I have been working hard on ACE COMBAT 7 and we’re determined to achieve the vision we have set for the game. To reach that vision, we have decided to move the launch of ACE COMBAT 7 to 2018.
“We would have loved to launch ACE COMBAT 7 at the end of 2017 as we originally intended, but doing so would compromise our goal for the game. We take our art very seriously and that means we have instead chosen to devote additional time and effort to perfect and optimize this newest chapter of the ACE COMBAT saga. The combination of the Unreal 4 Engine and the power of current generation consoles and PC hardware have literally opened the “skies of opportunity” to us to develop the best ACE COMBAT experience to-date. At no other time in ACE COMBAT’s 20+ year history has gaming technology allowed us to deliver the minute details of flight combat – such as cloud cover and air currents – or give players a new way to experience dogfights and attack sorties through hardware such as the new PlayStation VR.”
That being said, Kono also stated that it won’t be long until we hear more news about the game. The game will be at E3 2017 (which is less then a month away) where they will showcase a new demo featuring one of the non-VR missions for the first time ever.
Ace Combat 7 is a return to the StrangeReal world seen in Ace Combat 4, 5 and The Belkan War, which has definitely raised some hype among Ace Combat fans. The last game in the series was Ace Combat: Assault Horizon in 2011, which received mixed reviews with most reviewers criticising that the game felt too close to Call of Duty.