Sky Crawlers: Innocent Aces Flying To Australia?

By Ishaan . May 6, 2009 . 6:13am While Namco Bandai seem perfectly happy to deprive us non-Japanese folk of some of their better games (hello there, Tales of Innocence), apparently those down in the land of Oz are worthy of their attention. Case in point: a listing for Sky Crawlers: Innocent Aces priced at $69.95 AUD has popped up on the websites of several Australian retailers.

While the boxart for the listing is the original Japanese, it could be a placeholder. The interesting part, though, is that Atari is listed as the publisher. Atari publishes Namco Bandai developed games such as Tales of Vesperia in PAL territories.

The game is unique in how it uses the Wii remote and Nunchuk for flight control. Instead of using analog control for movement, Project Aces designed the game so you direct your plane using the Nunchuk’s tilt features with the Wii remote acting as the throttle (by tilting it forward and backward). The game also features Classic Controller support for traditionalists.

Sky Crawlers is based on the anime film by Production I.G. of the same name, which in turn is based on a series of five novels by Hiroshi Mori. The film is directed by Mamoru Oshii (Ghost in the Shell) and is being distributed in North America by Sony Pictures. Despite being based on the movie, the game features an original story. It’s said that Oshii playtested a pre-release version of the game himself!

Whether or not Atari or Namco Bandai have plans to publish the game in the U.S. is anybody’s guess, but we’d love to check this one out, even if it means importing it at a high price.

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  • jarrodand

    Atari brought out Smash Court 3 in the US too… maybe they can get their hands on the various Wii games Hometek passes over here too (Sky Crawlers, Fragile, Taiko, etc)?

  • MadMirko

    Wouldn’t mind some sky crawling. Not a fan of the average arcade dogfighter, but it seems this one has a rich background to draw upon.

  • memoryofwater

    The control scheme sounds interesting, but I’m a bit nervous about the “original story,” this being associated with an Oshii project and video games, generally, not being renowned for subtlety in storytelling. Still, it’s something I’ve been following and keeping my fingers crossed for.

    Also, as a fan of Oshii’s films, I’m getting pretty impatient waiting for Sky Crawlers’ US release. It’s one of the most intriguing projects he’s worked on since Angel’s Egg.

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