Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown showed up at E3 2017, fresh off of its delay into 2018, with a brand new trailer that forgot one of the most important elements of the series; the planes!
Bandai Namco’s trailer this year is very plot heavy, dealing with those who work behind the scenes of the war rather than the fighter jets who partake in it from the skies.
Ace Combat has traditionally done a marvelous job setting up drama to give your dog fights much-needed context. The last game in the series to truly hit a home run was Ace Combat 5: The Unsung War, which released nearly a decade and a half ago.
A few missteps over the years has left it up to Ace Combat 7 to get the series back up into the sky high expectations that fans have for the series. I wish I could say a plane the size of a football field soaring through the skies would be enough, but it’s really not. Ace Combat’s tales are wonderfully anti-war and have sparked millions of imaginations over the years. Goofy, ironic fun is not enough to make Ace Combat 7 work.
Ace Combat 7: Unknown Skies will be released for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC in 2018.