Ace Combat: Assault Horizon taking flight Oct. 11

Namco Bandai's fighter jet series arriving for 360, PS3 this fall with storyline penned by <i>Leopards Kill</i> writer Jim DeFelice.

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Namco Bandai isn't waiting until next month's Electronic Entertainment Expo to provide front-page updates for some of its biggest upcoming titles. As part of its deluge of announcements today, the publisher confirmed that it will release Ace Combat: Assault Horizon on October 11 in North America and October 14 in Europe.

Assault Horizon will have its fair share of flaming wreckage.

The first new console installment in Namco Bandai's arcade fighter-jet series since 2007's Xbox 360-exclusive Ace Combat 6, Assault Horizon is being positioned as a "reinvention" of the action shooter genre. The game's single-player mode features a storyline by New York Times best-selling author Jim DeFelice (Leopards Kill, Threat Level Black), offering conflict in real-world locales that range from Dubai to Russia. It also introduces a variety of aircraft to the franchise, such as supersonic jets and attack helicopters.

In both single-player and online multiplayer, players will find effect-heavy graphics, with Namco Bandai giving the example of skyscraper windows that shatter and jets that tear apart. The publisher also said that the development team has introduced a new close-range dogfighting system that emphasizes one-on-one encounters.

For more on Ace Combat: Assault Horizon, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

Discussion

39 comments
opinions2
opinions2

Well, it wasn't nice knowing you Hawx I just hope they haven't done too much with the formula for the AC series.

106473
106473

Intense is not even close to describing AC.

davidrogue9
davidrogue9

I love the Ace Combat series and it has been too long since the last one, cant wait

Promised_Trini
Promised_Trini

@Gazz_mann It's time they stepped out of the fictional world...This game will do well no matter where it is set...Plus this game has fighter jets just like Hawx which makes me like both game series..Cause I've liked fighter jets from a very young age and still do...So I can't wait for this game...

raahsnavj
raahsnavj

I think this is the only game I'm anticipating for this year.

Gazz_mann
Gazz_mann

WHY!!!! Its just another hawks! every remnent of the awesome fanchise of ace combat is gone now.. America's vs Russians how original! God Damn it!! I am dissapointed!

panda_fu
panda_fu

Ace combat:Assault Horizon better than Ace Combat 4 please....Not hard, just be so.

pszone
pszone

Not my type of game but i know its going to be the best one in the series could go in the top 3 in the chart

1stormbringer77
1stormbringer77

I've played & owned all of the Ace Combat games, those Blazing Angels, IL 2 Sturmovik & pretty much ALL the games that involve air-to-air/air-to-ground games & I doubt I'll ever stop doing that.But if Namco Bandai doesn't get their heads out of the gutter I'll just have to go elsewhere.AC6 was very disappointing since it's like an arcade style & I'm not looking forward to that.They took almost all the planes out of it and the realism isn't there.Do they really want to lose more fans?

1stormbringer77
1stormbringer77

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razgriz_101
razgriz_101

pre-ordered the CE and it comes out a few days before my 20th woo :D cant wait definately will be off work considering its bout the time of my b-day :P

Pete5506
Pete5506

More money I will be spending this fall

ZedX-14Pilot
ZedX-14Pilot

Trying to decide whether to get this for PS3 or 360???? I have owned every other game in the series, and can't wait for this one. They should do an HD collection for this series.

simon1812
simon1812

many good games will be released before the years is over.

darrenfps
darrenfps

Im a huge fan of this series. Can't wait !!

plm3d_basic
plm3d_basic

Please let there be a pc version. My joystick is collecting dust.

berto64
berto64

WOO pure awesomeness this fall8)

JtheGrind
JtheGrind

Kick the tires and light the fires!

Quipfeedo
Quipfeedo

I don't know. I loved Unsung War with a fiery passion for it's abundance of planes and awesome story, but I lost a little respect for Ace Combat when AC6 was released. They lacked in depth of story and took out 80% of the planes while taking on a more arcade game-play style. It's moving towards a more Arcade-style game, which isn't bad for some people, but I tend to like the realism. By the looks of this trailer, I'd think that Namco is still moving in that direction. Pretty sure they're gonna lose a fan.

Lagguz
Lagguz

Ace combat + Armored core + Dark souls... October is the month of WIN.

ryandfa
ryandfa

cant wait, going to do my first pre order on this!!

datniccah187
datniccah187

Sweetiness been waiting for a while now.

ppg4all
ppg4all

hell yeah hell yeah hell yeah hell yeah

crazedvole
crazedvole

It's about $&*@^(!&@ time they set a release date. The way things are going that should be about a week *before* the PSN network is back online

SigNificenT
SigNificenT

Wow. Great timing Namco. Too bad I'll be in fing School and won't have time to play games. Was hoping for this to come out in the Summer. Guess i was hoping for the impossible. G'd dam it.

SDBusDriver1979
SDBusDriver1979

It gives me a redwood in my khakis just thinking about it.

dre256x
dre256x

Yes.. at least they have sense and not releasing it in the crowded November month...

issa3703
issa3703

October my best, day to play aircrafts :D

Solidsnake13_2
Solidsnake13_2

best news I've heard all year. So can't wait to fly the high skies again on a Playstation system again

cameio
cameio

WOOOW i need to save money i want to buy this, Dark souls, Uncharted 3 and many more at day one :)