Ace Combat Infinity is free-to-play

Namco Bandai's PlayStation 3-exclusive flight combat game launching this year as free download on PlayStation Network.

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Ace Combat Infinity will be released this year as a free download for the PlayStation 3 on the PlayStation Network, publisher Namco Bandai Games announced today. The game was originally announced last month.

Ace Combat Infinity will feature a "brand new" story campaign and co-op multiplayer, as well as "features that are important" to fans, though these were not specified.

"The Ace Combat franchise has evolved dramatically over the years, but never before have we been able to offer its amazing graphics and tactical action for free," Namco Bandai Games executive Olivier Comte said in a statement.

The game will feature "tons" of free-to-play content, though Namco Bandai did not specify what kinds of items--if any--will be available for purchase within the title.

Ace Combat Infinity is in development at Project Aces. The most recent entry in the series, Ace Combat: Assault Horizon (2011), is available for the PS3, Xbox 360, and PC.

For more on Ace Combat Infinity, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

Discussion

139 comments
collegeboy64
collegeboy64

Just downloaded it on PS Store.  Wow.  Ace Combat is BACK !!!


I LOVED Ace Combat 4 and especially Ace Combat 5, both on the PS2. Great fun, great stories.


Assault Horizon was a total disappointment.  A HAWKS clone, and not a very good one at that.


This new game feels like the old Ace Combats.


I'm happy.

savagejoe444
savagejoe444

Not a fan of F2P games, but I'll give this one a shot.

OtherFabbros
OtherFabbros

Why Namco ???? Why a sh*tting Freetoplay???

SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

I still remember how awesome the first Ace Combat was for the PS1. Me and my friends played the hell out of that in college.

IIBlackknightII
IIBlackknightII

I wasn't expecting f2p to happen, but I guess it depends how turns out in the end... but still looking forward to it... .8)

llsinister84ll
llsinister84ll

woooow this game looks like it's gonna be the best!!!! However I will not go anywhere near it Evan if it gets a perfect 10!!! Note to Namco keep that f2p bullshit on my phone nd keep this fuckin horrible practice away from my god damn console!!!! I buy games at retail to play and enjoy the experience in not gonna keep throwin money at ur stupid game that shoukda been there from the start Namco go fuck yourselves!!!

Centurion-Legio
Centurion-Legio

stonehenge from ace combat 4??? man Ace Combat 4 was incredible. I love it.

Alpha_Wolf30
Alpha_Wolf30

Let me see if I broke this down right.....

That song is from Ace Combat 4. Stonehenge --> Ace Combat 4. Flying fortresses -->  Ace Combat 6 (360 Only version). Saw the PAK Stealth Fighter -- > Ace Combat Assault Horizon. 

OK So they recycled Ace Combat 4 basically with elements from the other Ace Combats. Kind of like an all-in-one special.....

Not sure about this one but will keep an eye on it's progress.

blackace
blackace

What are we going to have to pay for to keep playing this game. Most likely different planes and ammo I bet. You want 100 missiles for your plane, that's $5. You want 25 bombs? $2. You want a new jet to fly? $10. More missions? $10. I guarantee you'll probably end up paying close to $100 or more to keep playing. I'll wait for it to release and see if I'm right or not.

IronBeaver
IronBeaver

*phone hangs up*
"What happened?"
"Namco Bandai just declared war."

ux107
ux107

It will most likely means the focus is on multiplayer, which is too bad, I actually played all Ace Combat 4,5,6, Belkin for the story, even though they follow the same formula, I still find them entertaining, Pass until I hear differently.

jagcivtec
jagcivtec

Just make the game have that gruesome feeling of AC shattered skies and it'll be good.  Bring that Assault Horizon crap back and I'll pass.

hellpolice
hellpolice

This series is looking mire and more like Armored Core in the graphics dept.

hadlee73
hadlee73

The first thing that popped into my head was that it would have a micro transaction in which you had to buy your own jet fuel, lol

epichotcheese
epichotcheese

Just lost all hopes for the game... $0.99 to refill your machine gun ammo. $2.49 for a pack of long range missiles. Oh, here's a 9.99 option to make your plane pink. **** this bullshit.

Zero_Entity
Zero_Entity

I've seen the gameplay teaser trailer and from what lines and footage there are it seems like Ace Combat Infinity will harken back to the pre-AC: Assault Horizon days. Well at least there's lasers and Stonehenge in it. There's also my favourite plane, the Su-47, in it. It will also take place 20 years after meteor impact. 

I'm looking forward to this. It's free so there's little to lose.

chibi-acer
chibi-acer

I'm not a huge fan of free to play games, but not all of them are bad.  Kind of sad how many overly negative comments there when the game's not even out.  Try the game and then make your judgement; it won't cost you anything to try.

PlatinumPaladin
PlatinumPaladin

I'm not a fan of the F2P business practice either, but if this turns out to be the same kind of Ace Combat as Assault Horizon then I'll be happy to have not wasted £50 on it.

If it's like Ace Combat of old then I'll be buying everything, unless it can be unlocked for free in-game.

nurnberg
nurnberg

"Free"-2-play, but with 10$ planes and 5$ skins.  You are fooling no one Sony.

Oozyrat
Oozyrat

Good news for the PSN/Sony

KaSeRRoR
KaSeRRoR

ACE COMBAT Series... BEST AIRPLANE/JET/FIGHTER-JET/BlahBlahBlah Series EVER! Even the first one for PS One is still good! AwEsOmE! Will be downloading!

>=)

philstatUK1
philstatUK1

I've bought pretty much all of the Ace Combat games over the years - F2P means time to move on to something else - I absolutely despise any F2P games, absolutely hate them.

The-Neon-Seal
The-Neon-Seal

Worth a try I suppose. Never played an Ace Combat game before.

k2theswiss
k2theswiss

YIPPY F2P garbage... Wheres the opt out option? 

LesserAngel
LesserAngel

Ugh, oh well. As long as they don't do that stupid token crap like they did with Tekken, I'm willing to at least give the game a chance.

Verenti
Verenti

@Alpha_Wolf30 You can't say "PAK" is AC AH, no more than you can call the "S-37" as Ace Combat 4. Sure, it played a role in the story, but these games always put in prototype planes. I mean PAK-FA means "Prospective Airborne Complex of Frontline Aviation." It's not made up by Project Aces at all.

 But Ace Combat was constantly recycling elements from other games. Stonehenge required you to fly under a certain altitude. Hrimfaxi required you to fly above a certain altitude. Ace Combat Zero and 6 had weapons with large area effects. Zero also was the first to introduce the flying fortress, but many games also include a level where you have to fly through a tunnel or structure. (3,4,5 at least).

 Ace Combat was not a game known for its originality.

laylax
laylax

I bet there'll be a 'repair timer' and some sort of purchase able token to skip the timer. And maybe they'll even sell jet fuel lol

GOGOHeadray
GOGOHeadray

@blackace Bingo; this game will be pay to win to the extreme. You want that auto heat seeking homing missile that little johnny just shot you down with that will be 10 bucks for five please.

WTF1555
WTF1555

@Zero_Entity Unfortunately Namco bet everybody did like because that , we have Assault horizon and Assault for 3ds (Ace combat 2 remake).

GOGOHeadray
GOGOHeadray

@PlatinumPaladin Just saw the trailer its pretty much the same as Assault horizon. It looks to take place in the real world...

maskflash
maskflash

@philstatUK1 whoa, a little racist towards F2P arent we? not all of them are bad you know...

collegeboy64
collegeboy64

@Coren_Larken @collegeboy64  I found it with only two or three days left in the beta, so I didn't get to play it much.  I guess I don't really have an answer for you. Like I said, this game felt like the old AC series, so I will probably give it a try and see if this free-to-play concept is good or bad.


My main hope is for online coop where me and a friend or 2 or 3 can fly together and shoot down the bad guys.  The online coop in the beta consisted of you and 3 friends trying to shoot down more bad guys than 4 other people flying together.  You don't fight against the other team directly.  You fight to kill more bad guys than they do.  I don't want to have to get 8 people to play in order to have a match.

Redsyrup
Redsyrup

@philstatUK1 @maskflash I totally agree. I hate being nickel and dimmed to death. I'd rather pay for level sets like the old PC Gaming Shareware days.

3v1LR0n1N
3v1LR0n1N

@philstatUK1@maskflashoh and "ruin the gaming industry"? uhhh no not really if anything it's helping the gaming industry.how? well think of it this way this F2P acecombat game as a "kickstarter" for the next big acecombat game

3v1LR0n1N
3v1LR0n1N

@philstatUK1 @maskflash I disagree there is always room for free to play, as long as the paid content that is available is reasonable... yes there are the occasional bad ones, but there are plenty worth downloading... like planetside 2 or if you are into MMORPGs starwars the old republic, world of warcraft (sort of), the lord of the rings online, and many MANY more