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For the background music during the first part of "Journey Home", titled "Free Flight", see Ace Combat 5: The Unsung War Original Soundtrack.
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"Fly freely through the skies in any aircraft that you like."
― Sortie description in Ace Combat Infinity

Free Flight (フリーフライト)[1][2] is a gameplay mode that allows the player to fly freely by themselves in any campaign mission area with no enemy forces. The mode debuted in Ace Combat 04: Shattered Skies and has only appeared in most subsequent console games.

Description

Free Flight is available in the following games:

Game Music? Time Limit
Ace Combat 04: Shattered Skies No 30 minutes
Ace Combat 5: The Unsung War No
Ace Combat Zero: The Belkan War No 30 minutes
Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation Yes [note 1]
Ace Combat Infinity Yes 30 minutes
Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown[2][3] No 30 minutes

Ace Combat Infinity was the first and only game in the franchise to offer Free Flight as optional paid DLC through the Free Flight Ticket & Bonus Item Set. Notably, the player could fly freely in any Online Co-Op Missions area in addition to the campaign areas.[4]

Some of these games feature Easter Eggs, particularly Ace Combat 5 (see polar bears), to promote the Free Flight feature.[5]

Footnotes

  1. While Free Flight in Ace Combat 6 has no time limit, a timer is still displayed but does not move. The time displayed equates to the standard mission's time limit.

References

  1. 「ACE COMBAT INFINITY」第8弾アップデートを実施。トレイラーを公開.
  2. 2.0 2.1 VR MODE
  3. Ace Combat 7 PSVR Interview with Kazutoki Kono. MonsterVine. Published on December 12, 2016. Retrieved on December 13, 2016.
  4. Comment on Free Flight article. Published March 5, 2015.
  5. SOFTBANK GAMES PlayStation2 特集「ACECOMBAT5 THE UNSUNG WAR」開発者インタビュー P.2. Published 2004. Retrieved November 3, 2014.