Bandai Namco has announced that Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown has moved it’s launch date to 2018 due to, according to franchise director Kazutoki Kono, not quite being able to reach the goals they wanted to for the game yet. In Kono’s letter to fans, he states that Ace Combat 7 is the first time the franchise will reach all platforms, including PSVR version. This seems to imply that compatibility became an issue during development and thus the need to delay the game.
That said, Bandai Namco is proud to present an Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown demo at E3 2017. It won’t be the VR version, which was showcased at Sony’s PSX event last year, but it will be just as action-packed. The press release describes the PSVR version as the “cherry on top” and this new demo will finally show the rest of the sundae, as it were. An apt description for those who like ice cream, to be sure.
As a game generally about flying around in a plane and shooting just about everything that comes within range, there isn’t much to add about the gameplay itself. Until we experience it for ourselves, there isn’t much that can compare to the previous games.
In addition, the VR version might invoke a great deal of vertigo for some players, otherwise known as the motion sickness native to VR. If a racing game managed to do the latter for most, than I cannot imagine what a game that requires you to shoot at the same time will do. A lack of track might be very disorientating for a VR player as well.
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