The next Ace Combat game (occasionally referred to, but not confirmed, as Ace Combat 8) is currently in production. It will be developed in a joint collaboration between ILCA and Bandai Namco Entertainment's internal Project Aces team. The game will be a next-generation game running on Unreal Engine 5.
The groundbreaking success of Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown, released in January 2019, led Project Aces to begin planning for the next Ace Combat game by September of the same year. In an interview, brand director Kazutoki Kono and Skies Unknown producer Manabu Shimomoto discussed the need to advance the franchise "one step higher" and how "the needs of the players are becoming more diversified".
On August 18, 2021, during a trimmed-down livestream of a lengthy discussion between Ace Combat development staff, Kono confirmed that the next Ace Combat was in production. He also announced that ILCA, who had previously worked on Skies Unknown, would be jointly developing the game with them. Kono explained that appeasing "many fans of all tastes" was not a simple task for the small team at Project Aces, so ILCA will be more deeply involved to add more staff to the next game's development.
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