Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown Will Have a “Battle Royale” Mode

Bandai Namco has dropped a care package of details today for the multiplayer modes in the arcade flight sim,  Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown, coming to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on January 18 — with the PC version launching on February 1.

There will be two online modes, one is Battle Royale and the other is Team Deathmatch. If you’re thinking that you’ll be parachuting out of a plane and having a wild pilots-only battle in the Battle Royale mode, that’s not the case (which I’m happy about).

The Battle Royale mode will be an 8-player plain and simple deathmatch where players will get points by damaging or shooting down others. Team Deathmatch is basically the Battle Royale mode, as the mode will also have an 8-player limit, but the mode splits players into teams. The player in Battle Royale or team in Team Deathmatch with the highest score or reaches a specific score wins.

During matches, players with the highest scores will get star marks — showing that they are the blazing hot superstar jetfighter. Players will be able to get up to three-star marks. Shooting down starred players with star marks will get you more points — and of course, the glorious satisfaction of taking down a skilled player.

The weather effects from the single-player campaign, like furious lightning, pouring rain, and strong wind gusts, will be in both multiplayer modes that’ll stir things up a bit. Heavy rain will obscure your view and lightning will distort your HUD, which will make matches a little more challenging.

Also, like in the campaign mode, you’ll be able to customize your plane loadouts, equip unique parts, and make your plane stylish thanks to cosmetic skins and emblems planes in multiplayer. Some parts will be exclusive to multiplayer.

Take a look at the multiplayer modes in action and the customization options with screenshots below:

Author’s Take: I remember playing Ace Combat 4 for hours and hours, and never getting bored. It looks like Ace Combat 7 will be going back to the series roots, and the addition of simple yet fun multiplayer is a nice feature to have, so my excitement level is soaring and flying right now. 

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Brad Crespo

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