Announced today was a new Ace Combat title for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Even though I have long since lost interest in the Ace Combat series, I felt a twinge of excitement as I watched the trailer. If the final product is two-thirds as much fun as the trailer suggests, I will be pleased.
I suppose that I ought not to infer too much from the trailer, which may well not be a fair representation of actual gameplay, but it appears that Namco may be trying to revitalize the series by abandoning any pretense of realism and moving the action to low altitude and close quarters. This would help to impart a sense of speed to the proceedings, which is lacking at higher altitudes. I might describe the action shown in the trailer as Call of Duty: Modern Warfare with fighter jets.
I probably am extrapolating too much from this single video. I would hope, at least, that a new Ace Combat for home consoles means a new soundtrack release.