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Ace Combat 7 delayed into 2018

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Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown Bandai Namco
Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown

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. 

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Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown

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."

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Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown

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.

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Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown

You can read Mr Kazutoki Kono's open letter in full here.