Namco Bandai wowed us at E3 this year with their trailer for Ace Combat: Assault Horizon. The cinematic style of the game’s trailers make it look more like a summer blockbuster made by Michael Bay than a video game. At this year’s Gamescom conference, Namco is planning to bring more epic footage of their newest title in the long running Ace Combat franchise.

The last big title that had gamers in the pilot’s seat were the H.A.W.X. games by Ubisoft and while they were quality games, they ultimately left gamers hungry for more. After taking a gander at the the last trailer out of E3 it looks as if Assault Horizon is aiming to be the Call of Duty of flight combat games.

Below you’ll see the latest trailer for Ace Combat: Assault Horizon which looks like something you may have have seen in theaters this summer. This trailer is no less epic than the previous ones we’ve seen, emphasizing the new close-up camera angles for different weapon and vehicle types, and it all ends with a battle over a familiar capital city which is reminiscent of another popular game franchise. Check it out!


This trailer is comprised of an amalgam of previous footage with some new scenes put in. It may look familiar but it doesn’t look any less awesome. It also shows off the fact that gamers will be defending major U.S. cities including Washington D.C.

One thing that has to be appreciated is the level of detail that was put into Ace Combat: Assault Horizon’s environments. In many flight combat games, what’s on the ground is an afterthought, and it shows. Gamers will fly low only to experience awful low res textures. Given how low players will be flying and how close the camera will be in the latest Ace Combat, the developers clearly wanted the landscape to be as detailed as possible. As good as the game looks, it feels as if Namco Bandai is distracting us with these pretty graphics.

Up until this point we’ve seen a ton of the story and gameplay, including the new Dogfighting Mode that puts gamers up close and personal with their target, but we haven’t heard much in terms of multiplayer. A game with this type of combat is just begging to be experienced with friends online. The official Ace Combat: Assault Horizon website has a multiplayer section, though it’s currently blocked off with a ‘coming soon’ tag. Hopefully, Namco Bandai will have some multiplayer news in a couple weeks to coincide with this latest trailer at Gamescom.

Ace Combat Assault Horizon is scheduled to launch October 11, 2011 on PS3 and Xbox 360. Are you looking forward to this title this fall? Let us know in the comments.

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