After months of silence Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown finally has a confirmed release date: January 18th, 2019, according to PlayStation Europe on Twitter. While unconfirmed at this time, that likely means a release date of January 17th, 2019 in the US.
We originally went hands-on with Ace Combat 7 on PSVR almost two years ago at this point. While the VR support for the game is only a handful of missions the last we heard, they were an impressive display of how expertly crafted the series’ aerial action felt. If ever there were a game series perfectly suited for VR headsets, this would be it. Hopefully all of this extra development time (it was originally slated for 2017, then delayed to 2018, then hidden in a dark corner only to be let out finally again today) means there are more VR missions than originally planned.
Check out the new trailer for lots of glimpses at the story mode, which includes a ton of characters and voice acting. Frankly, a lot more than I expected for a video game about jet planes:
As far as we can tell there’s no mention of VR at all in that trailer, which is disappointing, but the PSN page still mentioned a “VR Mode” so there isn’t anything to worry about on that front hopefully. Hopefully it ends up being more robust than Gran Turismo Sport’s limited tease, though.
Worth noting is that Ace Combat 7 is reportedly coming to PC as well, but it’s unlikely the VR support will be coming along with it — the VR mode seems to be a partnership between Bandai Namco and Sony directly. But maybe it’s only a timed deal, like Batman Arkham VR or Skyrim VR.
What do you think of the news? Are you planning on playing Ace Combat 7 on PSVR next year? Let us know down in the comments below!