Bandai Namco has been ramping up the promotional material for Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown this week, ahead of the videogame’s official launch on Friday. The latest comes by way of the PlayStation Blog, with a new behind the scenes video discussing the virtual reality (VR) mode for PlayStation VR.
Ace Combat brand director Kazutoki Kono reveals in the video that the team had always wanted to do an Ace Combat videogame in VR, with its implementation becoming a natural part of the process for the current instalment. One thing Kono-san wanted to ensure however was that every part of the title experience by VR players was viewed from the eye of the pilot – so no third-person sequences – which is possibly why there’s a VR mode, rather than the entire title being VR compatible as in other PlayStation VR experiences.
For the first time, it has now been revealed what the VR mode will entail, with the PlayStation Blog explaining: “The PS VR campaign features a dedicated single player mode that’s totally different from the main story campaign. Your mission starts in the year 2014, five years prior to the events of Ace Combat 7. You play as the legendary Mobius 1 fighting against the insurgency of Free Erusea. To say anymore would be spoiling things, but expect some callbacks to Ace Combat 4.”
The standard Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown story is about a conflict between the Kingdom of Erusea and the Osean Federation, which has escalated after the Osean Federation builds a giant space elevator in Erusea.
If you’ve been keeping up with the Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown coverage a few days ago PlayStation Underground released a video showcasing the VR mode in action, while last week saw the reveal of a PvP multiplayer mode which will pit up to eight players together in a battle for the skies. Unfortunately multiplayer won’t support PlayStation VR.
For that extra immersive edge don’t forget that Thrustmaster has launched the T.Flight Hotas Ace Combat 7 Skies Unknown Edition, available at a suggested retail price of £74.99 GBP.
Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown will be available from 18th January, 2019 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One and 1st February for PC. Check out the new behind the scenes video below, and for any further updates ahead of launch, keep reading VRFocus.