The lights are on
Namco Bandai has announced that the next entry in its high-flying arcade-style dogfighting series Ace Combat is going free-to-play. Ace Combat Infinity will be out this fall exclusively on PlayStation 3.
The title takes place in the near future and the campaign mode pits players against the series' trademark super weapons. A cooperative multiplayer mode and 4-on-4 competitive play are both included. There is no detail yet about which elements will be monetized.
free to play? no thak u, it will not be good...
Hmm, I'll have to give it a download then.
Cool move on their part!Should help raise brand awareness!
If they have any sense, they'll go about aircraft unlocks in a manner similar to AC5: that is, you start with 1-2 basic aircraft, with others unlocking for purchase at various ranks. On top of this, each of those has an XP bar (think FF7 materia, PoE gems) which, when filled, unlocks one of the variants for purchase. For example:
*F-14A Tomcat: achieve rank X
*F-14B Bombcat: earn 47450 XP with the F-14A
*F-14D Super Tomcat: earn 56250 XP with the F-14B
Note that purchases of aircraft and special weapons (each plane having 2-3) would, as has been the case for the series, be executed with the ingame currency.
As for real cash, what I can see that getting you would be color schemes (they've already done this with 6 and AH) other than those unlockable within the game... and it's not like there's any shortage of them when you consider that all the previous games can be mined for this purpose).
oh how I love Ace Combat!
hope they remove the DFM...just old AC is damn fine by me