Bad news for PlayStation VR (PSVR) fans that were looking to take to the skies later this year: Bandai Namco’s Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown has been delayed into 2018.
Franchise director Kazutoki Kono confirmed as much in a letter released today. He reasoned that, while developer Project ACES was aiming to get the game out by the end of 2017, doing so would have meant compromising the team’s goals.
“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,” Kono said. A more concrete time frame for the release beyond 2018 hasn’t been announced.
While Ace Combat 7 is a largely non-VR title, it’s set to include additional modes for PSVR in the PS4 release. These missions offer first-person cockpit action in which players battle it out with AI controlled enemies. The full extent of the VR support hasn’t yet been revealed, but we’re hoping for a significant amount of content, even more so now that the game has been delayed into 2018. It was first announced at the 2015 PlayStation Experience event, and we got our first hands-on with it earlier this year.
Ace Combat 7 will be at E3 this year, though it won’t be showing a VR mission. We’ll keep track of the new release date and keep you updated.