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Easter eggs are intentional inside jokes or hidden messages scattered within various forms of media. The Ace Combat series contains a large number of Easter eggs within its games, typically referencing other Ace Combat games or Bandai Namco properties.

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Air Combat

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Ace Combat 2

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  • In the mission Jewel Box, there are several advertisements in buildings throughout Port Edwards. They include:
    • The Ridge Racer series' mascot, Reiko Nagase
    • Assoluto, a Ridge Racer vehicle manufacturer
    • The Assoluto Istante (incorrectly spelled as "Istanet"), a vehicle from Rage Racer
    • Almighty Human Project, an arcade racing game released in 1998[1]
    • "WonderPage", the original name for Namco's official website at http://www.namco.co.jp/
    • A Cessna-like light aircraft with water pontoons, an aircraft that appears repeatedly throughout the Ridge Racer series
    • Terrazi (incorrectly spelled as "Terazzi"), a Ridge Racer vehicle manufacturer and an enemy unit in Xevious
    • AERO, a COFFIN model
    • A Port Edwards restaurant named "KFO"
    • A Port Edwards hotel named "G Room"
    • A musician named "GNO"
    • A Port Edwards welcome sign
    • Two unknown images and the number 1000 below each, supposedly items from some video game
    • Namco Plug-in-Days, likely a reference to Namco Plug & Play Games
    • The billboard "Kantalis CS.D.Dept.e-3" is a reference to Kantaris, an antagonistic corporation featured in the original Time Crisis' Special mode.
  • In the same mission, Jewel Box, a building with the word "Namco" on top appears near the enemy unit farthest to the south.
  • The enemy targets in Cuckoo's Nest, on Hard difficulty, make the shape of Pac-Man on the radar.

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Ace Combat 3: Electrosphere

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Ace Combat 04: Shattered Skies

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Ace Combat 5: The Unsung War

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  • There is a hidden Namco logo in the mission Shorebirds. From the start of the mission, fly eastward in a straight line. Eventually, you'll reach a shoreline area, with several groups of small, white buildings. Once you reach this area, head slightly northeast and scan the ground in the green fields of the mainland. Somewhere in the area is a large crop of the Namco 50th Anniversary emblem, alluding to Ace Combat 5: The Unsung War's release in 2004, 50 years after Namco's founding in 1954.
  • The mission Demons of Razgriz features dozens of groups of polar bears, which were added to promote Free Flight and to test whether it was possible to visually confirm the size of a human being in Ace Combat 5's engine.
  • In the missions Ice Cage and White Noise, a large snowman appears next to a hut in the Yuktobanian POW camps - fully built in Ice Cage, but almost completed melted in White Noise. If the player shoots the snowman in Ice Cage, it will tilt sideways, partially melted.
  • In the mission Desert Arrow, the player can find several crop fields strewn across the Jilachi Desert. Several of these fields are in the shape of Pac-Man and ghosts from the series.
  • During the cutscene after the mission "Final Option", a man can be seen sitting on the OFS Kestrel's island, playing "Zig-Zag" on a harmonica. "Zig-Zag" is a musical piece from Ace Combat 04, featured during the cutscenes of the Storyteller Boy.
  • During the pre-battle sequence in the mission "ACES", when all the Osean and Yuktobanian squadrons join the Razgriz's formation and sing The Journey Home in unison, the voice of Alvin H. Davenport can be heard among those singing, even though he was Killed in Action in the mission "Journey Home". Later on in the mission, right before the tunnel is opened, an allied soldier, with what sounds to be the same voice, says, "Man, that's a big tunnel."
  • Another easter egg in the mission "ACES" is a building that can be found while flying along the river. If you look to your left while flying along the river you should see a building with red letters that says "Namco Hometek Inc" (although, it is somewhat hard to read unless you get very close to the building).
  • In the final mission, "The Unsung War", reach the SOLG's descent point in time with the ADF-01 FALKEN. Once the descent timer begins, approach the SOLG and fire the TLS. Once the laser impacts, you will receive the "Hold Fire" message, warning the player to stop firing. This is rather strange, as the player's objective is to destroy the SOLG. However, the message can also be interpreted as "Hold [the fire button]", as holding PlayStationCircle and enabling the weapon tracking view will give the player a full view of the SOLG completely falling apart.  Another possibility is that because shooting non essential pieces of the SOLG causes them to break off, which in turn can cause them to strike your plane, you are being advised to hold fire until you are actually targeting a piece of the SOLG you need to hit.
  • Complete any mission that concludes with a landing sequence with the ADF-01 FALKEN. Once the "Mission Accomplished" message appears, switch to your SP weapon and fire your TLS before the screen goes black. If done correctly, you will start the landing sequence with the TLS still in effect. However, the laser protruding from the TLS bay will be twice as larger as the original, as well as having a yellow/gold coloration.
  • A profile view of Red Baron, colored in blue, is displayed on some airliners in Apito International Airport during Chain Reaction. The airliners also display the letters "BLUE MAX". This is a direct reference to Sky Kid

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Ace Combat Zero: The Belkan War

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  • The following characters show up in the mission "Mayhem" as ace pilots, only under the Mercenary Ace Style (and only under Ace difficulty except for Bartlett).
    • There is a F-14D Super Tomcat flying for the Allied Forces with the callsign HRTBRKONE. This is Captain Bartlett from Ace Combat 5, whose callsign was, and still is, Heartbreak One.
    • The player will encounter Schwarze Squadron, a "shadow assassin" squadron whose primary goal was to shoot down pilots who defected to the Allied Forces. During "Mayhem", they were chasing Wolfgang Buchner, whose callsign was Huckebein (or Huckebein the Raven, by other Belkan pilots) and would later be Pops in Ace Combat 5. However, since Pops flew into the Round Table when Pixy and Cipher were there, Schwarze lost him, and decided to engage the mercenaries instead.
    • The leader of the Grabacr Fighter Squadron, Ashley Bernitz, will show up after Schwarze Squadron is encountered (only after Nachtigall is shot down), under the callsign GRABACR. Bartlett will engage him, and if the player does not shoot down Bernitz, Bernitz himself will shoot down both Bartlett and Pops. Bernitz will later be featured in Ace Combat 5 and will be referred to by Pops as "Ashley," still the leader of the Grabacr Squadron.
    • The leader of the Ofnir Fighter Squadron, Michael Heimeroth, will show up after Schnee Squadron is encountered, under the callsign OFNIR. Heimeroth will later be featured in Ace Combat 5, still the leader of the Ofnir Squadron.

Ace Combat X: Skies of Deception

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Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation

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  • The Tokyo building where Namco-Bandai Games is located can be seen in the city of Gracemeria. When the first mission, "Invasion of Gracemeria", begins, the building should be located on the top-left corner of the screen after slightly yawing to the left. It's behind a smoke plume and is close to the ocean.
  • Also, in "Invasion of Gracemeria", northeast of Gracemeria there is a plantation with the word "Namco" on it.
  • When flying in San Loma, fly to the east of the airport at the south of the city. Near the airport is a large sign on the sands, which reads "Welcome to San Loma". The sign itself is a reference to the "Coronado" sign present in real-life Coronado Beach, California.
  • In mission 12, "Weapons of Mass Destruction", fly towards the north-eastern corner of the map, and scan the ground. In this region lays the Project Aces emblem.
  • In mission 14, "Gracemeria Patrol", former Emmerian Independence Radio operator DJ Zed will say over the radio that a woman named Maria sends a message through the radio to her husband, Dominic. The comment is an obvious reference to Epic Games's famed Gears of War series, more specifically to main character Dominic "Dom" Santiago and his wife, Maria.
  • Another easter egg in mission 14 can be found by flying along the second river to the east. Keep flying until you see a building with the window lights in the shape of Pac-Man. Near the Pac-Man building you can also see another building with the lights in the shape of a Pooka, a character from Namco's Dig-Dug game.
  • In "Chandelier", a comm on the radio saying "Galm One, do you read me? Shoot down the enemy ace and your reward will be multiplied by ten". A mercenary posing as Galm One, or Cipher himself, was probably hired by Estovakia.
  • Additionally, "Mobius" is mentioned in the "Chandelier" mission on the radio where a voice says, "Mobius, back me up. I'll strike while descending." Whether this is Mobius One or an imposter is unknown.

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Ace Combat: Assault Horizon

  • In several cutscenes throughout Assault Horizon, a character bearing an uncanny resemblance to the Ace Combat 5 incarnation of recurring character Kei Nagase can be seen in the background. This was first reported prior to the game's release, as Nagase could be seen in the E3 "Trinity" trailer at 1:19 where main character William Bishop and the rest of the Warwolf Squadron walk inside a NATO hangar. Additionally, Coyote 1's voice bears a resemblance to Kei Nagase's voice as well. There is also Nagase F-22 paint theme found inside Assault Horizon's game resources.
  • In two cutscenes, the number 30 is seen on the island of the aircraft carrier used by Task Force 108. This is the same number seen on the OFS Kestrel, not to mention there is no CVN-30 in the US Navy.
  • In Mission 15, "Hurricane", Warwolf 3 says, "Warwolf 1, Akula's at the edge of my radar. He's almost out of range." However, due to the wind shears and radio interference from the hurricane and tornado, it sounds almost exactly like Warwolf 3 had said "Mobius 1" instead of "Warwolf 1." Whether this was intentional or not is unknown.
  • Also, in the "Hurricane" mission, the player can destroy the tornado that Hurricane Alex spawns using a Trinity missile from the PAK-FA. This is best done from a high altitude while pointing the nose of the PAK-FA down at the water, since Trinity is air-to-ground. If positioned correctly in the center of the tornado, Trinity will blow it off the mission. The wind shears won't even remain; it's as if the tornado never existed. This makes it much easier to dogfight and Illich is not able to hide himself and escape into the tornado.
  • During "Inferno", Guts can occasionally be heard saying "Time to do this Omega 11 style!", however this is not subtitled and is usually said while Kingmaster is speaking during the second attack on the airfield. Omega 11 himself was a pilot from Ace Combat 04 who winds up usually being shot down several times across the campaign, including by the Yellow Squadron at Comona. During "Akula", there is a pilot with the callsign of Viper 7. Viper 7 himself was in Ace Combat 04 usually accompanying Mobius 1 throughout the campaign and being transferred into Mobius Squadron.
  • In the cutscene prior to mission 2, Inferno, the emblems of Galm and Garuda teams can be seen on the wall to the right as Bishop and Guts enter the base for their briefing.
  • During the mission "Power Play", when you chase an enemy through the gates of the hotel, Guts will comment "Dammit! This ain't Ace Combat bro", directly referencing the series itself.

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Ace Combat Infinity

Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown

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  • The city of Anchorhead features a billboard for the brand new Terrazi Gaia from the Ridge Racer series.

Outside Easter eggs

Other franchises have made references to Ace Combat through Easter eggs in their media as well.

Ridge Racer

The Ridge Racer series repeatedly makes references to Ace Combat. Many games feature vehicles with custom decals of groups and technology, such as the ISAF and the Arkbird.

Tekken

In Tekken 6's scenario campaign mode, a number of CFA-44 Nosferatus can be seen parked in the G Security Service, Operations Headquarters stage.[2][3]

The Twilight Conflict stage in Tekken 7 features numerous aircraft from Ace Combat flying by: the Ka-50 Hokum, the T-50 PAK-FA (which is even carrying Trinity), and the CFA-44 Nosferatu.[4] The Arena in Tekken 7 also features a new General Resource Limited logo, previously only seen in Ace Combat 3: Electrosphere concept art.[5]

Battlefield

Strangereal Battlefield 4

The old map of Strangereal is displayed as part of an advertisement for a dinosaur museum in Operation Métro, a DLC map in Battlefield 4.

Gamers!

In episode 1, a PS3-inspired game featured the title Base Combat with an aircraft resembling the MiG-29A Fulcrum on the foreground.

Just Cause 2

The G9 Eclipse strongly resembles the ADFX-01/02 Morgan and the X-02 Wyvern. Both planes feature similar designs from the Su-47 Berkut.

Sword Art Online

Advertisements for Ace Combat Infinity can be seen in the first scenes of episode 1 and 8 of the Sword Art Online II anime.[6][7]

Taiko no Tatsujin

Several songs from the Ace Combat series are playable in the game itself, such as "IN THE ZONE" from Joint Assault, "Night and Day" from Ace Combat 2, "Fighter's Honor (Flying Remix)" from Assault Horizon Legacy, "Comona" from Ace Combat 04: Shattered Skies, as well as Roca Roja from Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown[8].

In addition, the ASF-X Shinden II also appears as a guest character in the PSVita game Taiko no Tatsujin V Version[9].

No Game No Life

In the light novel's eighth volume, the protagonist Sora describes a nation using nuclear weapons on their own territory to stop advancing enemy forces, referring to it as the "Belkan Defense".

References

  1. Game music base - database of Games, Games music and soundtracks
  2. Nosferatu in Tekken 6 screenshot
  3. Nosferatu in Tekken 6 in gameplay video
  4. Tekken 7 Character Trailer, Ace Combat Surprises. Reddit. Published January 28, 2016. Retrieved January 28, 2016.
  5. File:General Resource New Logo.png.
  6. Ace Combat Infinity "advertisement" in Sword Art Online II episode 1
  7. Ace Combat Infinity "advertisement" in Sword Art Online II episode 8
  8. @PROJECT_ACES (May 23, 2019). https://twitter.com/PROJECT_ACES/status/1131484916426739712. Twitter.
  9. "7月9日(木)発売のPS Vita用ソフト『太鼓の達人 Vバージョン』、TVアニメ『うたの☆プリンスさまっ♪ マジLOVE1000%』主題歌など収録楽曲を追加発表". moca-モカ-. Published on May 7, 2015. Retrieved on May 26, 2019.

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