This weekend Bandai Namco Entertainment announced that it has acquired ILCA and formed a new studio called Bandai Namco Aces, which would focus on the development of Ace Combat games. It is already confirmed that the new team is developing a new installment in the series of Ace Combatfollowing the success of Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown that arrived in early 2019.
Last year saw the 25th anniversary of Ace Combat and during this celebration Bandai Namco announced that the next Ace Combat is already in development. At the time it was said that the game would be made in collaboration with ILCA, who helped develop Ace Combat 7 and are now part of Bandai Namco Aces.
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ILCA developed Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Pokémon Shining Pearl, the remakes of the fourth generation of Pokémon, in addition to helping in the development of other Bandai Namco projects such as Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm and Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown, as well as other games like Dragon Quest XI and Square Enix’s NieR: Automata.
Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown was developed by Bandai Namco’s Project Aces in collaboration with ILCA, who worked on the game’s cutscenes and scenarios. About the new installment, at the moment the only thing that is known is that it is a new generation experience that is being developed with Unreal Engine 5.
It is possible that the Bandai Namco Aces team is working on a new installment of Ace Combat, but there is also a possibility that they are working on a remake, since since the release of Ace Combat 7 fans have asked for remakes of Ace Combat 4, Ace Combat 5 and Ace Combat Zero with this same graphics engine.