SAN JOSE, Calif., (Oct. 11, 2011) – Today NAMCO BANDAI Games America, Inc. is proud to announce that ACE COMBAT® ASSAULT HORIZON is now available in stores across North America for Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system for the suggested retail price of $59.99. Developed by the Project Aces team at NAMCO BANDAI Games Inc. in Japan, ACE COMBAT ASSAULT HORIZON brings a new intensity to the franchise, escalating combat to the next level with aircraft that are literally torn apart, spewing oil and debris across the sky. Players will engage in intense single player and online multiplayer combat over real world locations, dodging skyscrapers and turning enemies into fiery supersonic debris.
The ACE COMBAT development team, renowned for their uncompromising standards and continual dedication to excellence, has reinvented the ACE COMBAT franchise, and with it, the action shooting genre. ACE COMBAT ASSAULT HORIZON introduces a revolutionary close-range assault system that delivers high-speed acrobatics and one-on-one encounters to make dogfights more tense and exciting. Players will engage in combat across the globe, dodging skyscrapers, and turning their enemies into fiery supersonic debris in both single player and online multiplayer.
“This was a chance for us to take the franchise in a completely new direction, and that is exactly what we have accomplished with ACE COMBAT ASSAULT HORIZON,” said Kazutoki Kono, Producer and Executive Director at Project Aces, NAMCO BANDAI Games Inc. “We’re excited for both long-time fans and newcomers alike to experience the greatest masterpiece of the ACE COMBAT franchise.”
Featuring a story written by New York Times' bestselling military author, Jim DeFelice, writer of “Leopards Kill” and “Threat Level Black,” ACE COMBAT ASSAULT HORIZON puts players in the shoes of a top gun pilot in an international task force. The engaging war drama will span real-world locations, such as Dubai and Russia, and incorporate new categories of aircrafts, including super-sonic jets and the introduction of the attack helicopter, door gunner and more.
While supplies last, fans who purchase ACE COMBAT ASSAULT HORIZON at participating retailers beginning today will receive three free multiplayer skills to enhance the online combat experience. Also from day one, all players will be able to download the fantastic winning entry to the recent Facebook Skin Design Contest, Death Rider by Chi-Chun Liu, as a playable skin for the F15-C fighter.
With the team at Project Aces now hard at work on the game’s downloadable content, premium DLC is scheduled post-launch featuring a brand new fictional aircraft, the ASF-X Shinden II, CFA-44 Nosferatu, as well as Su-37 Terminator, Tornado GR.4, AV-8B Harrier II Plus, YF-23 Black Widow II, F-15S/MTD and KA-50 Hokum. Loads more premium DLC content, including skins and maps, such as Tokyo and Hawaii, is lined up for release over the months ahead to keep the skies alive with fire.
Rated “T” for Teen by the ESRB, ACE COMBAT ASSAULT HORIZON for Xbox 360 and PlayStation®3 system has been approved for landing and is now available in stores across North America. Stay in radio contact at www.acecombat.com and join the ranks at www.facebook.com/AceCombat.
Fans of the franchise are also in store for a more familiar ACE COMBAT experience with the release of ACE COMBAT ASSAULT HORIZON Legacy for the Nintendo 3DS coming November 15, 2011.
About NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc.
NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc., part of NAMCO BANDAI Holdings Inc., is a leading global publisher and developer of interactive content — including all major video game consoles, iOS, mobile and online. The company is known for creating and publishing many of the industry’s top video game franchises, including PAC-MAN®, Tekken®, SOULCALIBUR®, NARUTO™, NARUTO SHIPPUDEN™, Dragon Ball®, GALAGA®, RIDGE RACER® and ACE COMBAT®. More information about the company and its products can be found at www.namcobandaigames.com or www.facebook.com/namco.