Ace Combat: Assault Horizon trailer reveals October release date, shark-themed nemesis

Namco's drastic re-imagining of its Ace Combat flight series is now officially slated for an October 11 US release date, with the Europe release following on October 14. Gone are the fictional cities and near-space-age tech from earlier Ace games - now it looks to feature real-world locations with comparatively serious storytelling. Even with the harder edge though, I bet there's still a hefty portion of melodrama tucked into this tale penned by military-minded author Jim DeFelice. Also wouldn't be surprised if a world-ending laser beam pops up somewhere too.

Here's the latest trailer out of Namco, called "The Shark." It features an evil ace pilot who's earned the titular nickname.

As a lifelong fan of the Ace series, I'm totally behind this shakeup. Loved Ace 6, but the franchise really did need something new to get people excited again. The zoomed-in attacks are no doubt an effort to make jet combat feel more personal and intense, instead of constantly chasing dots on a radar or specks on the horizon. Based on the trailer, it still reminds me of a similar technique used in the Wii-only Sky Crawlers game... which is from the same developer. Of course, Assault Horizon's approach is ramped up considerably - love all the missile trails and debris flying around the nose of your jet!

We'll probably see more of this during E3 in June. Until then, eyeball some screens or check the gallery for even more.


  • insertdisk - May 12, 2011 5:50 p.m.

    Im interested ill say that much i loved 4 and 5 and wouldn't mind seeing a new idea come to the franchise.
  • Timothy_Lemon - May 12, 2011 11:42 a.m.

    @ magicwalnuts0 thats because you're watching a badly compressed video of in-game. it's not gonna be perfect, same goes for every other video on youtube etc that isnt running HD. AH visuals are guaranteed to be stunning, AC6 was/still is ridiculously beautiful for a 4 year old game. arguably some of the best visuals currently on the 360. @ BicuriousSkunk, did you not read any of this artical? this & batman will be my only purchases this year.
  • JohnDagger - May 12, 2011 8:48 a.m.

    Damnit Elston! You can make any game I have no interest in look like the best thing since flush toilets. I look forward to more info.
  • Corvon - May 12, 2011 6:42 a.m.

    FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUCK YEAH been so long sience the last time i played a good arcade flyer this looks so awesome in so many ways im soo going to buy it for "a friend" than live the rest of the year at his place (no ps3 or xbox for me Q.Q)
  • BicuriousSkunk - May 12, 2011 5:06 a.m.

    It looks like it's taking place in the real world for the first time as far as i know
  • MassSaber - May 12, 2011 3:33 a.m.

    I got into this at AC 6 having bought that game on a whim and to this it still gets played Assault Horizon looks to take all I loved about AC6 and ramp it up to 11!
  • miguel3638 - May 12, 2011 3 a.m.

    I love the Ace Combat series. I've beaten every game since Air Combat first came out on the PSone. I hope this game takes the series to another level.
  • magicwalnuts0 - May 11, 2011 11:39 p.m.

    At first I thought, "no way a console game could look this good." Then I fullscreened and saw the jaggies and shitty textures. Glad to see Ace Combat isn't breaking the mold and putting 300 missiles on a fighter craft.
  • Jbo87 - May 11, 2011 11:12 p.m.

    @FoxdenRacing Fairly sure that's the exact reason they went down this route. By that I mean I read an article that stated exactly that. Oh here it is.
  • jakeythesnake - May 11, 2011 9:33 p.m.

    @FoxdenRacing I would totally like your comment if I could. Seeing as I can't, take it as read that you have a mental +rep from me Sir.
  • FoxdenRacing - May 11, 2011 9:04 p.m.

    I've got a lot more hope for it now than I did at the last trailer, but I'm really hoping they don't go from one extreme to the other. The dogfight mode looks to get rid of a lot of the problems with tracking an opponent, but I hope they haven't leaned on it so heavily the game is now idiot-proof. I'll reserve judgement over going to 'the real world' until I see the story for myself, but I mourn the passing of the fictional nations; with it now trapped in real places with real tech there won't be Aigaions or Chandeliers or any of the truly epic pieces of machinery... I also still hold onto the fear that they've chosen the changes they did to attract the CoD/Gears/MoH crowd, whom won't buy it regardless of what they change. Stay true to your fans, Project Aces...fresh ideas are good, selling us out isn't...mind the line, guys!
  • kingdom - May 11, 2011 8:50 p.m.

    I REALLY hope this turns out well, looks promising, I absolutely loved Ace Combat 2 but I really haven't kept up with it since then =X
  • DannyMB - May 11, 2011 8:28 p.m.

    Yeh, this trailer is seriously lacking kenny loggins.
  • PimplesInYourAsstista - May 11, 2011 8:14 p.m.

    But will the dreaded Razgriz show up?

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