Digital Hollywood
Aces at Operation: "Digital Hollywood" was a special talk hosted on March 1, 2014 at Digital Hollywood University's Surugadai Campus in Ochanomizu, Tokyo. The talk was centered on Kazutoki Kono, his history with Bandai Namco Games, and presenting Ace Combat Infinity. Keiki Kobayashi was another guest at the event, who briefly discussed his work on the Ace Combat series and played a few songs for the audience.


The first part of the lecture consisted of Kono introducing himself and his work with video games in the past, which goes as far back as Rage Racer, followed by Ace Combat 2, all the way to his production role on Ace Combat Infinity. He revealed that, during development of Ace Combat 5: The Unsung War, he had come up with the idea of creating a "Project Aces" to lead the development of Ace Combat games.[1]

On the subject of Infinity, Kono revealed that the number of participants and feedback entries during the international beta test was more than double what they were expected. He mentioned the following improvements for the game:[1]

After discussing the game, Kono played a video containing the three beta trailers in Japanese. After that, Kono played a slideshow of various Infinity development images, among them the red Aigaion and a portrait of Nagase as well as some goofy shots of the developers themselves.

Kobayashi then took the stage, talking briefly about his role on the series before introducing three other musicians - Yukari Nakamura on violin, Mariko Takei on viola, and Takanori Goto on guitar - who would accompany him on piano to play "ISAF", "Zero" and "The Journey Home" live for the audience. While talking about his music, he noted that the idea for "Zero" came about when looking at "The Unsung War" from the Ace Combat 5: The Unsung War Original Soundtrack and comparing its final mission track to the duel between Cipher and Larry Foulke at the end of Ace Combat Zero: The Belkan War. He felt that a flamenco guitar would be best suited for the kind of fast-paced duel action he wanted to convey through the music, but wanted to keep the story and the lyrics from "The Unsung War" intact.[1]

About 3/5th of the way through Zero, Kobayashi instructed the audience to clap through the rest. Kobayashi and the guitarist then performed some improv while Kono got the screen back on to show some more information.[1]

By the time the livestream ended, 20,000 people had opened the page and over 9,000 comments were posted.

Twitter Contest

On March 3, 2014, Project Aces announced a contest through Twitter. From March 3 to March 14, Twitter users who live in Japan who followed the Project Aces Twitter account and retweeted their tweet announcing the contest would be entered in a drawing to win the sole copy of the sheet music that Kobayashi created of the music that he played during the conference. The winner is to be selected at random starting on March 17, and must respond to instructions provided through Direct Messages.[2]


External links


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 「エースコンバット インフィニティ」は絶賛開発中。プロデューサー兼ブランドマネージャーの河野一聡氏が,特別講演で制作の舞台裏を語る.
  2. ACE COMBAT INFINITY エースコンバット インフィニティ|バンダイナムコゲームス公式サイト

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