Bandai Namco’s upcoming flight sim Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown has been delayed to 2018.
Ace Combat franchise director Kazutoki Kono announced the delay in a personal letter addressed to fans, saying that he and his development team Project ACES need more time to realize the vision they have for the project.
“We would have loved to launch Ace Combat 7 at the end of 2017 as we originally intended, but doing so would compromise our goal for the game,” Kono explained. “We take our art very seriously and that means we have instead chosen to devote additional time and effort to perfect and optimize this newest chapter of the Ace Combat saga.”
Thanks to the power current generation hardware and Unreal Engine 4, the “skies of opportunity” have been opened to the Project ACES team, Kono said. He also noted how today’s technology has allowed them to “deliver the minute details of flight combat – such as cloud cover and air currents – or give players a new way to experience dogfights and attack sorties through hardware such as the new PlayStation VR.”