Bandai Namco and Project Aces have published the third lore explanation video for Ace Combat‘s Strangereal world history on the series’ YouTube channel. This episode focuses on Ace Combat Zero: The Belkan War‘s eponymous conflict that broke out in 1995 in the fictional world.
The series mascot Nugget explained the events leading to the war in more detail. Due to its ailing economy, Belka ceded some of its lands to Osea while seeing its former territories Ustio and Gebet declare independence. But after finding out that the ceded territories had plentiful underground resources, the nation invalidated the independence declarations and launched a war to regain control of its territories.
The Belkan War officially ended with a ceasefire after Belka detonated seven nuclear bombs around its northern territories to stop the Allied Forces’ advance. However, a multinational group called A World With No Boundaries staged a massive coup around the end of 1995. Nugget summarized this war as the “What Has the Border Given Us? War.”
At the end of this video, the Nugget revealed that it had wrapped up its plan to publish three episodes of the video series. All three featured titles—Ace Combat 04, 5, and Zero—came out in the 2000s for the PlayStation 2. It is yet to be known whether Project Aces will produce lore videos for other Strangereal titles, such as the Xbox-exclusive Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation and PlayStation Portable’s Ace Combat X: Skies of Deception.
Bandai Namco released Ace Combat Zero: The Belkan War for PlayStation 2 in 2006. While a port of the previous entry Ace Combat 5: The Unsung War was obtainable temporarily on the PlayStation 4, the company has yet to bring this game to current-generation platforms.