Ace Combat: Assault Horizon Preview

Ace Combat: Assault Horizon Preview

  • By: CM Boots-Faubert
  • Posted 20th Jul 2011

Ace Combat Assault Horizon

Ace Combat: Assault Horizon is the 14th game in the Ace/Air Combat series, and the 9th console title in the series (there were two arcade titles and 4 handheld/mobile titles) published by Namco Bandai, and is being developed by the studio Project Aces.

Ace Combat is a hybrid arcade and flight simulation video game series that emphasizes fast-paced action and dramatic plots, having established itself as one of the most successful flight simulation franchises for console gaming. The series of games mostly takes place in the same fictional world, and save for a few exceptions included continuity between titles in the form of story continuation or the return of characters from game to game. A major feature in the series is the ability to fly aircraft that is based upon real world military and prototype craft, some of which are equipped with fantastical weapons.

The game series jumps from platform to platform, starting as a stand-up arcade game, then moving to the PlayStation console, the PlayStation 2, and finally the Xbox 360, while the portable games in the series appeared first on the Game Boy Advanced and then moved to the PSP and finally to iOS on the iPhone. A 15th title is planned for the series, called Ace Combat 3D , and will appear exclusively on the Nintendo 3DS sometime after 2011.

In addition to being a rare genre for console gaming, the series is well known for its dramatic soundtracks, many of which showcased the talents of the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, Trinity Boys Choir, and Bulgarian Symphony Orchestra.

The events of Assault Horizon take place in 2015, where Lt. Colonel William Bishop -- Commander of the Warwolf Squadron -- is given a mission to halt the progress of a rebel insurgency on the African continent. The Warwolf's join with the 108th NATO Task Force, which is commanded by General Pierre La Pointe, for a joint-effort to stop ex-Russian Air Force Colonel Andrei "Akula" Markov, who is now a mercenary and is flying in support of the rebel forces, having introduced a new super-weapon (called the "Trinity") to the conflict.

Action in the game takes place in East Africa, the Middle East, and in Florida, while some sections take place in unidentified areas of the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.

The game contains four squadrons flying a variety of aircraft -- all of which are part of the 108th Task Force under NATO, and allied with the player, opposing the squadron commanded by Colonel Markov -- and they are:

(1st Sqdrn) Warwolf Squadron: (the player's squadron) Equipped with the F-15E Strike Eagle, F-16 Fighting Falcon, F-22 Raptor, and F-35B Lightning II.

(2nd Sqdrn) Razor Squadron: Equipped with the B-1B Lancer, and B-2 Spirit bombers (presumed to be a Strategic Air Group rather than a Tactical Air Group).

(3rd Sqdrn) Nomad Squadron: Equipped with MH-60 Black Hawk, the Nomad Squadron is a US Army unit attached to NATO.

(4th Sqdrn) Shooter Squadron: Equipped with AH-64D Apache Longbow helo's, they are also a US Army unit attached to NATO.

The opposition consists only of a single enemy squadron -- Colonel Markov's Squadron -- that is equipped with Sukhoi Su-33 (NATO reporting name: Flanker-D) all-weather carrier-based air defense fighter, and the Sukhoi Su-35 (NATO reporting name: Flanker-E) single-seat, twin-engined multi-role fighter.

In addition to the above, it is rumored that the game will include a US Air Force AC-130U fire support gunship -- call sign: 'Spooky 01' -- that players will be able to play.