If you’ve always wanted to play Tom Cruise’s role in Top Gun, you might be thinking seriously about giving the upcoming game ‘Ace Combat 8: Skies Unknown’ a try. The successor of 2019’s Ace Combat 7 is on its way, and all hints indicate that it has some amazing and immersive game magic tricks up its sleeve.
Bandai Namco still remains focused on the gaming business, although the renowned Japanese brand is also busy with creating lots of action figures, such as those from the Dragon Ball franchise.
Bandai Namco is working on Ace Combat 8: Skies Unknown, and judging by the data we have so far, the upcoming game will most probably launch at some point between 2025 and 2028. Surely, it sounds like a lot of time, as perhaps even GTA 6 will launch earlier than that, but the devs still have a lot of work to do to make sure everything is as expected.
Bandai Namco established Project Aces and the Bandai Namco Aces studio
In a new move to accelerate the development of the next Ace Combat flight simulator game, Bandai Namco has established the Bandai Namco Aces studio and the Project Aces. Furthermore, Takuya Iwasaki, who is the President of Bandai Namco Aces, claims that the company’s wish is to incorporate “photorealistic expressions” for the future game. In other words, there’s a lot of work underway for Ace Combat 8: Skies Unknown to be another great flight simulator game, probably the best in its series!
If you’re at least a bit familiar with the Ace Combat flight simulator series of video games, you know the drill when it comes to the most realistic expectations for the Ace Combat 8: Skies Unknown game: flying around jet planes and doing your best to take down the enemy threat. Simple, right?
Ace Combat: A history of more than a quarter of a century
The very first Ace Combat game came out way back in 1995 when gaming, in general, was light-years less impressive compared to nowadays. That title came out as a launch title for the PlayStation console in North America. It was titled Ace Combat for the Japanese market.
The Ace Combat franchise usually emphasizes fast-paced action and dramatic plays using semi-realistic gameplay. Aircraft have flight dynamics controls and could stall while also being able to carry dozens of missiles in the hammerspace.
Most of the installments of the Ace Combat series have their setting in Stragereal, meaning the fictional universe of the series. The Earth present in Strangereal features totally different nations, continents, geography, and history in comparison to the real world where we live. However, it needs to be said that some nations, events, and locations are loosely based on the ones from the real world. At the same time, most aircraft based in the game series are real models with slight alterations.
The previous Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown game was available at launch for PC and the usual consoles, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. That’s because neither of the PlayStation 5 or the Xbox Series X/S consoles were launched at that time, as they both came out in December 2020. Therefore, it’s a pretty safe bet to say that the game’s successor, meaning Ace Combat 8: Skies Unknown, will be available for pretty much the same platforms. However, there might be no support offered anymore for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles. With no disrespect intended for them, but we all have to admit that they’re a bit obsolete for today’s standards when it comes to gaming.
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