‘Ace Combat 7’ Is No Longer Exclusive To PS4
In a move that’s not overly surprising considering the current climate of console game sales, Ace Combat 7 is no longer a PS4 exclusive and is now planned to be released on both Xbox One and PC.
Admittedly, the PS4 version may still be a timed exclusive, as we don’t know the release date for the game, but it’s clear that there will be exclusive content for the PS4 version due to its support of PlayStation VR.
Having Ace Combat 7 go multi-platform is not something that should be overlooked though. Console game sales over the last holiday season took a big hit and it seems that functionally standardized big budget releases are no longer viable in the long term.
The frustrating aspect to all this is that console hardware sales have never been better and the market is indeed growing. The issue is that game budgets have far exceeded what the market can support and have been that way for a while.
Thankfully, games like Ace Combat are relatively straightforward in terms of team size and development time. While aircraft licenses are an obvious additional expense, making an arcade oriented flight game is logistically simpler than an open world action one.
The fact that Ace Combat 7 is going multiplatform shows that publishers need all the game sales they can get at the moment.
In addition to this news, there’s a new and interesting interview with Kazutoki Kono, the producer for many of the Ace Combat games, over at GameSpot. In it he talks about taking Ace Combat 7 back to its roots and avoiding the real world setting from more recent installments.
Personally, I am just holding out for HORI to announce that they will be making a new flight stick for Ace Combat 7. The last one HORI made for Ace Combat 6 was all kinds of epic.
Ace Combat 7 is released on PS4, Xbox One and PC sometime later this year. The PS4 version will also have PlayStation VR support.