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Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown Finally Releases 25th Anniversary DLC

For fans of the Ace Combat series, it’s time to zip up that flight suit and strap into the cockpit as Project ACES just released new DLC for Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown for Xbox One, PS4 and PC.

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Dubbed the “25th Anniversary DLC – Original Aircraft Series,” this DLC – which celebrates 25 years since the release of the first game in the series, Air Combat – was released on Oct. 28, almost two months after Project ACES dropped a teaser trailer in late August. It retails for $12.49 USD and features a bevy of content that is sure to please longtime fans: three airplanes, 12 skins, 20 emblems and a new difficulty level, casual. 

The three aircraft featured are from previous Ace Combat games: the XFA-27 from Ace Combat 2, the CFA-44 from Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation and the ASF-X Shinden II from Ace Combat: Assault Horizon. Players can also purchase each airplane separately for $4.99 USD and each has its own assortment of weaponry to go along with the seven skins to choose from. Lastly, it’s also important to note that all three are original aircraft created for the series, hence the name of the DLC. 

Additionally, 12 skins from Ace Combat Zero: The Belkan War for other airplanes return as well. These skins include the “Cipher” skin – the playable character – for the F-15C and other skins from enemy ace squadrons the player inevitably shoots down throughout their playthrough. 

Rounding out the DLC are 20 new emblems for players to adorn their aircraft with. There are two “Nugget” – a chicken with various flight gear and mascot of the series – emblems celebrating 25 years, five emblems from squadrons in Ace Combat 7, and the remaining 13 are from squadrons from previous Ace Combat games. 

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Finally, a new difficulty level, Casual, has been included as well. This is for first-time Ace Combat players and is the easiest difficulty setting. Players who have “easy” difficulty progress will retain their progress should they choose to play on the lower difficulty.  In all, this hefty DLC is the first DLC Project ACES released for Ace Combat 7 in almost a year – Nov. 26, 2019 to be precise – when the last of three new campaign missions were released. For fans of the series, this is a sight for sore eyes and will have them rearing to hop back into the cockpit one more time, be it in single-player or in multiplayer.

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