Ace Combat Winging Back To Sony?
Ace Combat was one of many former exclusive franchises for Sony platforms, but one of very few that actually switched exclusivity rather than simply going multiplatform.
Fans of the series who also happened to be Sony loyalists were annoyed when they learned the newest AC iteration would actually be exclusive to the Xbox 360. This also happened with another of Namco's popular franchises; Katamari Damacy. However, now that we've learned about Katamari Damacy Tribute, it would stand to reason that Ace Combat might also return to Sony. As reported by PS3Center, a Japanese job listing may have indirectly confirmed the existence of a new Ace Combat for the PlayStation 3; the job is for an artist who "can create textures and models for fighter planes for a future PS3 project." Now, they could be talking about a port of an existing AC game that's already on the 360, but we'd like to think they're describing a future installment in the long-running series. The first Ace Combat appeared on the original PlayStation way back in 1996, so you can imagine how irritated it made the fans when Namco decided to suddenly switch teams a few years ago. We do understand the decision to some extent - the user base for the PS3 wasn't there and it would've been a costly project - but even so...
If Namco decides to offer a confirmation some time soon, we'll be sure to let you know. We'd love to be able to write the headline, "Ace Combat Returns To Sony!"
3/26/2009 Ben Dutka