Ace Combat: Assault Horizon
Ace Combat: Assault Horizon Director Talks About Rebooting the Franchise
Written Monday, September 13, 2010 By Dan Webb
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The word "reboot" when I was growing up used to be something you did to your computer when it wasn't working properly. It was either that or throw it out the window in true rock star fashion.

Fast forward 10 years - yes, I'm slightly underreporting that figure, so sue me! - and the word "reboot" now means something entirely different. Now, to "reboot" means something you say about a franchise that has been around for years and needs to get with the times.

I'd call it modernisation. They call it a reboot.

Okay, so I'm cheating a little and Ace Combat: Assault Horizon's Director, Kazutoki Kono, actually calls the upcoming sequel a rebirth of the franchise... but that didn't work as well for the intro. You say tom-ay-toe, I say tom-ahh-toe. Just watch the damn video will ya'?

Before you watch it though... it's funny what Kono says, because his words mirror the words of HAWX 2's Creative Director when we caught up with him last month... and we all know how that turned out. Especially the part about long distance combat.

Ace Combat: Assault Horizon is rebooting next year.


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Comment #1 by Alun56
Monday, September 13, 2010 @ 12:37:03 PM
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awesome! had all these on ps2 - played them to death!

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Comment #2 by Nakatomi_Uk
Monday, September 13, 2010 @ 01:10:55 PM
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I also remember playing the games on PS2 in fact my friend has them all in new condition he only ever played them once when he bought them.

Ace Combat Distant Thunder was my fav the planes looked awesome for a PS2 title the sequels dropped the plane graphics a bit but still good story and gameplay. I can't believe they p***** off to XBOX 360 thou and didn't release a PS3 game, jesus its been years since the Playstation console got a A.C game excluding PSP.

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Comment #3 by Sole
Monday, September 13, 2010 @ 01:13:19 PM
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I love the Ace Combat series. And though I really like the 'steel carnage' idea, I am a bit concerned about the story. AC04, 5 and Zero had great stories and the fictional setting allowed for superweapons and superplanes. Moving the franchise to a real world environment, I hope it doesn't sacrifice the things I love in order to slap on a weak Tom Clancy-esque story. We have HAWX for that. (don't get me wrong, I like HAWX)

Time will tell and I'm confident they can pull it off. Let's just hope this rebirth doesn't turn out to be a bastard child.

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Comment #4 by Alun56
Monday, September 13, 2010 @ 01:20:21 PM
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I realy liked the real stuff about the franchise - but when it got to super planes that fly sideways and invisible stuff it was fun but frustrating. Most fun I had with a plane was Sturmovik tho. though the online grinding stop me getting the platinum on that.

Is hawx worth a look? really don't like the other Tom Clancy stuff.

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Comment #5 by Donkey-er
Monday, September 13, 2010 @ 02:17:43 PM
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saw an trailer a from last weeks store update, man it looks amazing! definitly an lesser know jewel!

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Comment #6 by Micha
Monday, September 13, 2010 @ 05:06:48 PM
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"High-speedo destructiono" I like this fella he speaks my kind of language

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Comment #7 by Catscan93
Monday, September 13, 2010 @ 05:08:01 PM
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Love Ace Combat, but this sounds too close to what they did with HAWX 2, which turned out fucking awful because of the closer combat.

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Comment #8 by drkrZEN
Monday, September 13, 2010 @ 08:20:29 PM
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Ace Combat really doesn't need a reboot... it just needs to not suck.

Ace Combat to AC2, Electrosphere, Shattered Skies and even The Unsung War (a personal favorite) all have been great titles. The Belkan War was alright and Skies of Deception good, then we got Ace Combat 6 which was abysmal compared to the rest of the series.

The first HAWX filled the gap for me, with not having a console jet sim, and really reminded me of why Shattered and Unsung were so great. Although I'm hearing bad things about HAWX2, unfortunately.

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Comment #9 by kdrcraig
Tuesday, September 14, 2010 @ 07:11:35 AM
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I love quite a few of the ones for PS2. Hopefully they can get back to that good story telling.

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Comment #10 by Blessorship
Tuesday, September 14, 2010 @ 09:30:18 AM
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More like compositie carnage. Who uses steel to built aircrafts these days?! I hope they arent designing the jets from those little models on the table either, those are like $5 models. Anyways, not trying to hate, I'm sure I will like this game. Hopefully it can be as good, or better then HAWX 2. (Which in my opinion, is a freakin' awesome game)

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Comment #11 by Dhughes60
Wednesday, September 15, 2010 @ 10:23:20 PM
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i liked the ace combat series i want to play this new reboot

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Project Aces
Namco Bandai


US October 11, 2011
Europe October 14, 2011
Japan October 13, 2011

Resolution: 480p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1
Players: 1
Online Players : 2-16
ESRB: Teen
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