Ace Combat Join Assault Takes A Hint From Monster Hunter [Update]

By Spencer . January 12, 2010 . 8:29am

imageProject Aces is bringing Ace Combat back to PSPs with Ace Combat Joint Assault. Expect dogfights over Tokyo, London, San Francisco, and other real-world locations in their upcoming game. Players will have a campaign to tackle with adaptive missions. The strategic AI system changes the flow of the mission depending on the player’s choices.


One of the key features in Ace Combat Joint Assault is a four player, cooperative campaign mode a la Monster Hunter Freedom. Want to shoot your friends out of the sky? Ace Combat Joint Assault also has a versus mode for up to eight players.


Namco Bandai Games Europe announced Ace Combat Joint Assault and has it slated this summer.


Update: Namco Bandai Games America sent a different and more informative press release. Ace Combat Joint Assault has 40+ licensed jets, ad-hoc, and infrastructure (read: online) support. The co-op missions put four PSP pilots into two player teams and on maps with different goals. Mission objectives change depending on how each side completes their goals. The only thing the North American announcement doesn’t give us is a time frame beyond sometime this year.

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  • shion16

    monster hunter mania!!!!

  • Hexen

    cool but i kinda hate that they will use a real world setting rather than their fictional world which has a better storyline

    • ReturnOfSomeDude

      It used to, and then it went all wacky. Plus, seriously, how many times in the AC world can one nation be on the verge of being conquered save for the very last base in the nation when they fight all the way back?

      They were clearly running out of plot ideas a long time ago.

  • Hraesvelgr

    Like the idea, but it must be a real pain trying to play these games on the PSP.

    • neo_firenze

      Ace Combat X wasn’t a pain to play on PSP in the least, so I wouldn’t worry too much. Unless you’re someone who thinks ANY game on PSP is a pain (maybe if it hurts your hands after 2 minutes on any game).

      Namco has been pretty consistent in delivering console quality titles in the portable format. Technically their games are among the most impressive on the system, and I’ve yet to play one where I felt like it was hampered by the mere fact that it’s on the PSP. I’ve long since learned to stop being a skeptic after being blown away by the quality of stuff like Tekken 5/6, Ace Combat X, and the Ridge Racers games.

      • Hraesvelgr

        Well, I do think the PSP is a pain to play in general. The only gaming peripheral that has ever caused hand cramps for me, even. I usually avoid relatively fast games like Ace Combat on it for that reason, though I was/am interested in picking up a copy of X if I can ever find it.

        I don’t doubt that their games for the PSP are quality, as I enjoy many games on the PSP (mostly ports, but still). My only issue is the PSP itself, really.

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