At the PlayStation Experience taking place this weekend, Bandai Namco shared the trailer for its upcoming Ace Combat 7 game during the opening keynote. The Ace Combat franchise is arguably the most well-known flight combat simulator series and this latest entry is the first for the new generation of video game consoles. It brings a new level of visual fidelity in Unreal Engine 4 to the series, but will also deliver a well-known brand to the PlayStation VR ecosystem when it releases.
Ace Combat 7 was announced at the previous PlayStation Experience in 2015 and things have been mostly quiet since then. The original trailer shows us an unfolding conflict where a pilot was watching a battle from what looked like a space elevator before leaping off into a long drop before the clip ended. This time around the trailer gives a glimpse at the overarching conflict that Ace Combat 7 will be built upon. A kingdom declares war on a federation and it looks like you’ll be controlling a young woman pilot that is/was a prisoner. The narrative for the Ace Combat games is one of its most cherished elements, so fans will be on the lookout for the story’s reveal hopefully in the near future.
PlayStation VR owners will likely be excited to get into another game that involves a major brand, though we do not know to what extent the VR features will go. Hopefully, the developers will be able to provide an experience that doesn’t induce nausea considering the fast pace and constant change of direction involved in flight combat. If you’re at the PlayStation Experience event, the game is playable on the exhibition floor at booth #3400 with VR implementation. Check out our coverage of the new PS VR exclusive Starblood Arena and an update on Resident Evil 7 in VR. Stay tuned for more updates on PSX.