Ace Combat: Infinity teased by Namco Bandai

Namco Bandai launches teaser site for Ace Combat: Infinity as publisher files for trademark in Europe

A new Ace Combat game looks set to be imminently announced by publisher Namco Bandai.

As reported by Gematsu, Namco Bandai has launched a teaser site for the next title from series developer Project Aces. "That day our sky fe||, the heavens split to create new skies.” Part of the message was also previously teased on the Ace Combat Facebook page.

NeoGAF user miladesn has also spotted a European trademark filing from Namco Bandai for Ace Combat: Infinity.

The last title in the arcade flight sim was Ace Combat Assault Horizon, which was released in 2011. GameSpot awarded the game a score of 5.5 at the time.

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razgriz_101
razgriz_101

reboot strangereal and im all over this like a dog in heat.

rolla020980
rolla020980

I hope they get rid of the stupid Japanese kiddie style back story. I won't hold my breath being that it is Namco.

AC typically had the best gameplay of any flying game (except AC5/6, which had unrealistically difficult enemies), but I can't stand the cutscenes.   

Oh, and how about adding online coop to the campaign missions? Create your own squadron?

minion715
minion715

ooooo!!!!! I was just starting a new game of AC4 and it starts by saying how he remembers when "the stars fell from the sky's" maybe its a sequel to the AC4 that would be amazing

minion715
minion715

I hope they put back missions similar to the ones from AC4 such as "Stonehenge" or like "Megalith" or like in AC5 "White Bird". I hope they also have a better story than "Assault Horizon" because I felt like there was no real character development; the game was good it had a more dynamic gameplay but the story was dry and predictable. I do think AC5 had the best story and the best characters I felt I was part of the team and the same goes for AC4 and it was very inspiring to me to the point were I almost went for aerospace engineering. But "Assault Horizon" was good but cant fill the shoes of AC4 and AC5.

CRYO_HAWK
CRYO_HAWK

Assault Horizon wasnt that bad I hope they go back to alternate realities/fantasy instead 

GOGOHeadray
GOGOHeadray

We need the fantasy setting brought back for AC.

sonic1210
sonic1210

no rock,no ace combat,period.

V-Nine
V-Nine

... Please take place back in Strangereal!!!!!! ....

CrushedGear
CrushedGear

I only came here because of the catchy quote only to return disappointed!!

gokuss4z
gokuss4z

Please be like ace combat zero that one was the best to me.

LoganDaDestroya
LoganDaDestroya

I hope it's more like the old ones, the nerw dogfighting system looked cool, but I found using it all the time got old really fast. The simplicity of the previous combat model was one of the things that made the games so replayable, wheras I got bored of single mission in AH to the point I never wanted to go through them again.

The "II" there is likely significant, may be an AH2... however with that tagline it's entirely possible they may try to reboot Strangereal through a Ulysses asteroid style event with the real world, which could be fairly interesting...

dainZ
dainZ

Something tells me the letters II in fell is a roman number 2, as in they're hinting us it's Assault Horizon II..

NoOoOo

7rooper
7rooper

Seems Im the second person here that thinks that AH wasn't that bad...I do like the more serious world setting and real plane likeness tha Assault Horizon offers since I've always liked aircraft simulation and AH was the closest thing in a console. The only problem I found is with the controls with didnt allow you to roll the plane freely . Thankfully this option could be disabled lster in the options menu. The helicopters missions were just awful and AC series must focus in fixedbwing fighters only

CROAT_56
CROAT_56

I don't know after they raped the fans on DLC cost in ACAH I'm not sure about this. If it goes back to strangereal I might check it out but they should go back to having a ton of aircraft choices like in ac4

reanor2
reanor2

I liked AC:AH and new dogfighting system...

Everiez
Everiez

Please do it right this time. Back then you alienated entire AC fans who own PS console only. Next, you came back and slap all fans with that train wreck called AC:AH.

brxricano
brxricano

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Yea, thats the version in my head for the time being. Its a long wait.

Veladus
Veladus

Oh God, God yes.  Shut up and take my money, Namco.

Also folks, think about the tagline for a moment.  The day our sky fell?  It sounds to me like they're referring to the  Ulysses asteroid.  Which would mean we're going back to Strangereal.  I reiterate: Oh God, God yes.

EggEmperor
EggEmperor

Re-release Shattered Skies alongside this in 1080p on next-gen consoles and PC with native textures and I will finally be able to die happily.

PETERAKO
PETERAKO

 I fall down on my knees, begging that its not the crap assault horizon was.

assault horizon tried to be CoD with aircraft. no one forgets the meaningless rail shooting segments that dragged on and on and the new feature to tail opponents that was a nice idea, but with bad execution(forced for boss fights and scripted some times).

also I hated the real world setting. The imaginary conflicts and lands that played out in AC were its strength and they took it away. bring these back and be more carefull with gameplay this time.

TheSargeGuy
TheSargeGuy

just don't do assault horizon all over again.

Riverwolf007
Riverwolf007

as long as it is like ace combat 6 and not anything like that last one then fine.

beardface21
beardface21

I have a feeling we may see a return to some space based missions.  Didn't AC3 have some missions in space?

llsinister84ll
llsinister84ll

omg hopefully they go back to the games like they did on ps2 those games were epic I played them on all difficulty levels they were just that good!!! I didn't Evan bother to get ac horizon.

Adavanter
Adavanter

I loved the series. Shattered Skies was the best and they've been slowly declining ever since... culminating in the worst in the series with Assault Horizons. Their reboot pretty much destroyed anything that was left of the series greatness.

That being said... if they go back to their roots... I'd still love an Ace Combat game. Just none of that scripted rollercoaster crap from Horizons... oh and awful, awful, awful plot. 

Gazz_mann
Gazz_mann

This is excellent news, But i Hope they go back to the world of Ace Combat 4/5/Zero and 6. I didnt like to games that were brought out over the last 2-4 years. 

I loved being Mobius 1, Demons of Razgriz, Demon Lord and of course Garuda Team, Being Revered and Admired by both ally and enemy, hearing the calls and chants of pride your allies shout over the radio, Feeling Emotional connected to you Squad in AC 5, Choppers Death is one of the most emotions events in my gaming life, AC5 Was so Emotional draining, The Loss of Bartel, The Rescue of Nagese, Song the Admiral Sings as the Aircraft carrier sinks, the Emotional Speech given by the president for a call to drop arms and Help the Demons of Razgriz, the Chanting of the Military as you destroy the Solg. 

Going up against  amazing Boss's, Defeating Stone henge, Excalibur, Solo Wing, Yellow 13, Arc Bird, The Scinfixi Subs and Chandelier. All of this Backed By an Epic Soundtrack that flowed with the speed of the Missions. These are all the Things i came to love in the Ace Combat Series. 

Now with the Latest installment of Terrible, real word situations - Assault Horizon was an Insult to this Amazing Franchise. I hope that they have learned their lesson and leave this over used real world stuff to COD and HAWX.


Rayzakk
Rayzakk

Wish we could get more simulator type games where you actually have to take off and land.  PC used to be littered with those type of games.  I can remember an old ps2 game named Dropship that was fun.  You bring your ship in to fast and your a pile of smoking wreckage.

rolla020980
rolla020980

Whoops, got my numbers wrong. I was thinking of AH. 5/6 were good, although 6 had some overpowered enemies.

SoulChar1zard
SoulChar1zard

@minion715 From what I saw in the trailers, it doesn't look like that Ace Combat world like in 4, 5, zero and, 6. It looks like the world that they used in Ace Combat AH, and Joint Assault.

Fastphase1
Fastphase1

@7rooper You can roll the aircraft if you select "Orginal" from the control options.

TM-Mordred
TM-Mordred

@7rooper Though I never played AH, I must say that i really liked the vastly improved graphics and sense of speed, as well as all of the destruction and damage mechanics. however, if the on-rails and helicopter sequences and the real world setting were dropped, Infinity would be the perfect crowd pleaser for AC fans.

fisk0
fisk0

@7rooper I didn't think it was all that bad either, though I can understand many points of criticism against it. The AC-130 and helicopter missions were really, really bad and the campaign over all was incredibly generic, but the multiplayer was downright fantastic. The Capital Conquest mode is probably the most fun I've had playing online in a decade. But I hope they've scrapped the generic Tom Clancy setting this time around. Personally I really hope for a new game in the style of Ace Combat 3, air combat in a future cyberpunk setting. Getting that vibe from some of the teaser images.

10Sly10
10Sly10

@7rooper You can count me as the third person here who doesn't think AH was as bad as the rest of the AC community is making it out to be. At least, definitely not a 5.5 in my book. More like a 7.5.

razgriz_101
razgriz_101

@sephirothsfan02 

negative AC6 was a fantastic game, it's not as good as the 0/5 saga but its still a goddamn good ace combat game just a shame the online was underpopulated and the plane choice was a bit thin on the ground :(

Veladus
Veladus

@Everiez Let's hope so.  The reason AC6 was a 360 exclusive is because the PS3 wasn't out yet.  The 360 was out a full year before the PS3 and they just didn't want to wait for the PS3.  Naturally, it did very poorly since AC's fanbase is traditionally PS users.  It's HUGE in Japan, and the 360 is a joke in Japan.

So Namco did the stupid thing and decided the poor sales were actually because the series was stale and "you always need to be evolving in this business."  Yes.  The company still milking Pac-Man said that.  Hence, we got CoD with planes.  Fortunately, the fans have *not* been quiet with their feedback about this, so there's a very good chance we're returning to AC's roots.  Though it worries me that it isn't called Ace Combat 7.

10Sly10
10Sly10

@gameremag-ana After releasing AH on the PC, I don't think they're going to start alienating PC users from the Ace Combat series again. This next release might be PS3/Xbox 360/PC. If it's not, they'd be making a huge mistake.

Adavanter
Adavanter

@EggEmperor I wouldn't mind a full remake. Next gen models for everything. Keep the same cutscenes though. Just HD them.AC:4 really was the masterpiece of the series.

They've been trying to recapture the magic of that plotline ever since. To mixed results. Still nothing was as horrible as AC:AH. Worst plot, worst gameplay.

179107199999
179107199999

@PETERAKO Its funny though.On the PSP there was Joint strike Assault which took place in the real world and was better than the trash known as ASSualt Horizion. I'm not too upbeat about this because I'm a  Namco fan and so far as of late Soulcalibur v was a disappointment to me because it tried to be like Street Fighter.It no longer was original.Tekken Tournament 2 wasn't a real Tekken game because of the "touch of death" juggles. roughly 2 juggles the game ends and LOL at Tekken Revolution. Namco/bandai is a company now just trying to ride what they feel is popular (assault horizion being like battlefied with Jets that heal!!!)

Adavanter
Adavanter

@PETERAKO This. As long as it's NOTHING like AC:AH will be in for a far better game.

10Sly10
10Sly10

@beardface21 Just one. Had to destroy a couple of satellites and that was it, if I remember correctly.

currere
currere

@rolla020980 I really liked those enemy ace squadrons, when you encountered them the tension rose and you also had to think defensively rather than just mowing down enemies like in rest of the game. It added challenge, something the games were missing in other areas. I loved AC5 and AC:Zero, and it still pisses me off That AC6 were an xbox exclusive, it's the only exclusive title there i really want to play.