Bandai Namco's development team, Project Aces decided to push back their latest Ace Combat title. The game will, however, be featured at this year's E3, where we'll get a preview of its non-VR missions.
Project Aces, Bandai Namco’s internal development team, announced that Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown won't be ready in time for its planned launch in October this year. The developer decided to delay the game into 2018.
In an open letter to series fans, Ace Combat 7 producer Kazutoki Kono elaborated: "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."
Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown was one of the first games announced for the Sony PlayStation VR. Sony revealed the Ace Combat 7 announcement trailer during the PlayStation Experience event in late 2015. That was more than a year before the PSVR even hit the shelves, and the game was supposed to be a PlayStation exclusive.
We now know that Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown will come out for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox, with only a couple of its missions being exclusive to PSVR.
Ace Combat 7 is supposed to return to the original premise of the franchise, leaving behind the real-world settings of its most recent titles, and going back to "strangereal" universe of the previous instalments.
It was also confirmed by Bandai Namco that Ace Combat 7 will be featured at this year's E3. There, we'll get a sneak peek at some of the game's non-VR missions.
You can read Mr Kazutoki Kono's open letter in full here.