Earlier this week Bandai Namco revealed that their upcoming Ace Combat game, Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown would now be launching in 2018 instead of the late 2017 release window it had prior.

The news was accompanied by a personal letter from Ace Combat Franchise Director Kazutoki Kono. In the letter Kono said that the team have been working hard on the game, but make Ace Combat 7 the game they want it to be, they need a little more time.

“We would have loved to launch ACE COMBAT 7 at the end of 2017 as we originally intended, but doing so would compromise our goal for the game. We take our art very seriously and that means we have instead chosen to devote additional time and effort to perfect and optimize this newest chapter of the ACE COMBAT saga,” wrote Kono. “The combination of the Unreal 4 Engine and the power of current generation consoles and PC hardware have literally opened the “skies of opportunity” to us to develop the best ACE COMBAT experience to-date. At no other time in ACE COMBAT’s 20+ year history has gaming technology allowed us to deliver the minute details of flight combat – such as cloud cover and air currents – or give players a new way to experience dogfights and attack sorties through hardware such as the new PlayStation VR.”

The good news is that more information and details are set to come at E3 2017 as well as the months prior. A brand new demo is also set to be revealed showcasing some of the non-VR missions in the game.

“On behalf of the entire Project ACES team, I want to thank you all for your patience and for your continued support,” Kono concluded.

Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown is set to launch in 2018 on Xbox One, PC, and PlayStation 4, as well as offering an experience for PS VR.

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