Xseed Takes To The Skies With Sky Crawlers: Innocent Aces

By Ishaan . July 3, 2009 . 11:27am


Xseed announced that they’re going to be publishing Sky Crawlers: Innocent Aces in the U.S. this holiday season. Sky Crawlers originated as a series of novels, which were adapted into an anime movie directed by Mamoru Oshii. Innocent Aces takes place in the same universe as the movie but follows its own original storyline.


The basic premise is this: the game is set in an alternate reality where the world is at peace. Yet, humanity still craves the excitement of war and for this purpose, the government organizes large scale wars between large corporations for people to fight in, and for the media to cover. It’s a little Battle Royale-esque in its setting. Here’s a blurb from the press release about the story.


After decades of constant war and fighting, the world has finally come to a lasting peace. But with war being an integral part of their lives for so long, the citizens of the world are desperate for a solution to solve this newfound peaceful life of calm and tranquility.


To ease this tension and to appease its citizens, the government has started pursuing a new round of wars. These new campaigns are not a power struggle between hostile countries, but rather sponsored events between private corporations with military-trained personnel contracted by each side to do their biding for them. It is the battles fought by these war contracted corporations such as Rostock and Lautern and the constant media reports on them that satisfy and replace the basic human instinct to fight using the war as a show.


The latest rookie pilot to join the Sky Crawlers, codenamed “Lynx,” is working his way up the ranks and becomes involved in a secret new military project with the goal of making pilots immortal. Join Lynx on his journey to conquer the skies while unraveling the mystery behind the military’s covert new project.


Since Xseed’s relationship with Namco Bandai seems to be improving steadily, I wonder if there’s any chance of them picking up a few Tales games in the future? Tales of Innocence, I’m looking at you.


< Spencer’s note: I can confirm Sky Crawlers: Innocent Aces is the mystery Wii game Xseed has been hinting at. >


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  • MadMirko


  • I enjoyed the anime so I wouldn’t mind playing the game. Thanks for the heads up!

    Also if you don’t mind, could you ask them in a future interview about other Namco series? As in if they are able to do it (not bugging them, I don’t wanna feel spoiled here) This seems more interesting than their relationship with Marvelous.

    • Trust me, we have a lot of questions for XSEED that we’ve been tossing around for months now. In fact, there’s an e-mail chain between Spencer and I with like, 20-30 XSEED questions in it.

      There’s a place and time for everything though. As much as we would have loved to ask all those questions at E3, it just wasn’t possible under the circumstances. We’ll definitely be bugging XSEED in the future though, so stay tuned. I’m just as curious about their relationship with Namco as you are. ;p

      • Lovely. I will look forward to that very much. ^__^

        • Wait! Don’t look *too* forward to it. We asked Xseed some of those questions about their relationship with Namco Bandai in the previous interview and we couldn’t get a comment. Sorry :(

          • ah, well… let’s try this again:

            I’ll look forward to any questions that are answered. Thanks. ^__^

  • Aoshi00

    I wasn’t very interested in the anime as it was directed by Oshii Mamoru (just like Patlabor I only liked the OVA/TV series but not the movies, too much boring talky politics and conspiracy theories), but I’m somewhat interested in this game.

    It’s cool when I think about how the radio communication would come from the remote speaker, but it would probably be cooler if the game has better graphics (PS3/360) since the Blu-ray movie was filled w/ CG dog fights?

    • Strike_Man

      “since the Blu-ray movie was filled w/ CG dog fights”

      It’s a little hard to tell based on the wording of your post, but did you get a chance to see the film yet? If not, it is quite different from the way Sony advertised it in the US, and much more like Oshii’s other works than the action-oriented trailers implied.

      The game may be action-packed, but don’t expect the movie to be.

      • Aoshi00

        I haven’t seen the movie actually other than the Sony trailer, and it was from there I found out Oshii is the director (I never was a fan of his movies adapted from other manga/anime). I assumed it was very action oriented just like Otomo’s Steamboy or like the recent Macross TV series where they showcased lots of mecha in CG, guess like all US trailers they packed all the action in the 2 mins.

        I like the premise described here, but I’ve just checked out the site for the Wii game, unfortunately I’m fond of neither the character design nor the voice cast.. (Hagu from Honey & Clover voicing the main female lead, maybe she’s better now that she’s older…). Wonder if the gameplay is similar to Ace Combat since it’s made by the same people.

  • Volcynika

    As long as this doesn’t mess up the release schedule for other games!

    I want my Little King’s Story :(

  • Is it usual for games to be out for a loong time in Japan but then suddenly come stateside suddenly? If not, then ToI has little hope =|

    On another note, I love love love the premise of this game. Definitely a want! =D

  • jarrodand

    Excellent pickup! I have to wonder if there’s any remote chance now that XSEED could move into more established Namco stuff? Tales of Hearts and Radiant Mythology 2 would be nice…

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