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"[It] is a very "accommodating" world, so to speak. But it allows us to do it [with] a sort of sense of reality, it's not completely out there to the point that it doesn't seem at all realistic. It's a balance with fiction with experimental weapons and massive airship carriers."
Kazutoki Kono on Strangereal[1]

Strangereal[a] is the name of the alternate universe within which most Ace Combat games take place. Strangereal is almost identical to our real universe, but its version of Earth features entirely different landmasses and historical events.

Strangereal, as it exists today, was created by Namco employees in developing Ace Combat 04: Shattered Skies and Ace Combat 5: The Unsung War. It has since been used to retcon the setting for the three Ace Combat games before Ace Combat 04. The majority of Ace Combat games take place in this universe, including Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown, the 13th Strangereal game.

Etymology

"We coined the term "Strangereal World" when we were making the world of 04 using improper English grammar, but coin it we did. From that point on, for whatever reason, it's become established to users around the world as "Strangereal." For that reason, "True Strangereal" (laughs) is what we call the world based on 04 from which the numbered titles have stemmed."
― Kazutoki Kono on Strangereal's name[2]

The name "Strangereal" was coined by members of Namco's AC04 Project during the development of Ace Combat 04: Shattered Skies. Back then it was simply a design concept and referred to as Strange Real World[b] or Strange Real.[c] Its earliest-known appearance is in a trailer from Tokyo Game Show 2000, advertising "the strange,real world".[5] The official website included staff notes where the concept of a "Strange Real World" was used to refer to the reality within which Ace Combat 04 took place.[3][4] The name "Strange Real" appeared once more in the first teaser trailer for Ace Combat 5: The Unsung War,[6] and again, in the form "Strangereal", in the teaser trailer for Ace Combat Zero: The Belkan War.[7]

Despite the intention of just being a design concept for a fictional universe, fans began to use the name "Strangereal" to refer to the universe itself. For example, the numbered Ace Combat games became known as 'the games that take place within Strangereal'. As such, Bandai Namco[8] and Project Aces[9] began to use the name to refer to the universe, particularly around the marketing for Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown. It has been prominently mentioned as a feature of the game.[10]

Ace Combat: Northern Wings, a game notable for conflicting with history from past games, used the Strangereal name within it.[11] It remains the only game to do so.

History

For the full history of the universe, see Strangereal/Timeline.
AC7 Website Timeline English

A condensed timeline featuring the major games and events in Strangereal history

A number of major events have occurred in Strangereal's history, most of which were represented in the "Numbered Series" of Ace Combat games. They are as follows:

Composition

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Strangereal appears nearly identical to our real Universe: a large, expanding universe with a small percentage of mass belonging to stars and planets. Strangereal's Earth is located in the same galaxy as our Milky Way since some of the constellations in the Milky Way also appear in Strangereal, including Orion[citation needed] and Crux (used in Gryphus Squadron's emblem and as Eugene Solano's callsign, referred to as the "Southern Cross").

Unlike the universe in general, the planet Earth in Strangereal is vastly different from our real Earth. Various differences include climates, landmasses, historical events, and cultures. Similarities exist as well: Humans inhabit this Earth as the dominant species; the concept of time is exactly the same as ours; and lasting world peace seems unreachable, which is a popular theme for most Strangereal-based games.

Strangereal's Earth is comprised of six recognized continents, each of which is divided into various countries. In total, there are over 50 countries on Strangereal.

Anea

Anea is the geographic northernmost continent on the planet. In spite of its geographic position, Anea is home to a variety of climates including deserts. Only three major countries are known to exist on Anea:

Antarctia

Antarctia is the largest continent land-wise. It is the geographic southernmost continent on the planet, and the geographic South Pole is in the center of Antarctia.

No countries, colonies, or research stations belonging to other countries are known to exist on Antarctia. It has not been involved in any known conflicts.

Osea

The Osean continent is one of the largest continents on the planet and is home to a large number of people. Numerous conflicts have been fought here, outnumbering the known conflicts on any other continent. The continent is separated into at least a dozen countries. The known countries and their position on the Osean continent are as follows:

Usea

The Usean continent is one of the smallest continents on Strangereal's Earth, but it has a storied history of rebellions and infighting between its countries. Usea has at least 18 countries[12] most of which are unknown. The known countries are as follows:

Two known historic nations are:

Verusa

The Verusan continent[13] is another of the largest continents on Earth. Verusa hosts at least 20 countries, the largest number of countries on any Strangereal continent, encompassing

Official Maps

Trivia

Strangereal Battlefield 4

Strangereal map in Battlefield 4

Footnotes

  1. Strangereal (ストレンジリアル)
  2. Strange Real World (ストレンジ・リアル・ワールド)[3]
  3. Strange Real (ストレンジ・リアル)[4]

References

  1. You'll Love Ace Combat 7 if You Liked 4 and 5 – Producer Explains Why they Went Back to Strangereal. DualShockers. Published on December 5, 2016. Retrieved on December 6, 2016.
  2. 『エースコンバット7 スカイズ・アンノウン』最新バージョンを体験! そして河野Pにあれこれ聞いてみた【E3 2017】(2/2). Famitsu. Published on June 14, 2017. Translation by Encyclopædia Strangereal retrieved on June 19, 2017.
  3. 3.0 3.1 AC04Web staff notes #02. Retrieved from the Web Archive version from November 17, 2001.
  4. 4.0 4.1 AC04Web staff notes #01. Retrieved from the Web Archive version from May 2, 2001.
  5. File:Ace Combat 04 Shattered Skies - TGS 2000 Teaser Trailer.
  6. File:Ace Combat 5 The Unsung War - TGS 2003 Teaser Trailer.
  7. File:Ace Combat Zero The Belkan War - TGS 2005 Teaser Trailer.
  8. Description on the PlayStation Experience 2016 Trailer.
  9. PROJECT_ACES. Twitter. Published December 5, 2015. Retrieved December 5, 2015.
  10. Ace Combat 7 - Feel The Rush Of Superior Air Power. Retrieved from the Web Archive version from December 4, 2016.
  11. File:Northern Wings Mentions Strangereal (2).jpg.
  12. File:Ace Combat Assault Horizon Legacy Announcement Trailer.
  13. File:Old Strangereal Map Wallpaper 1024x768.jpg.
  14. File:Strangereal Battlefield 4.jpg.
  15. Usea Today: Asteroid on Collision Course With Earth!
  16. Cutscene following Invasion of Gracemeria, Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation.
  17. The Liberation of Gracemeria, Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation.
  18. File:Ace Combat: Assault Horizon TGS 2010 Interview Kazutoki Kono.
  19. Ace Combat 04: Shattered Skies.
  20. Handful of Hope, Ace Combat 5: The Unsung War
  21. Desert Lightning, Ace Combat 5: The Unsung War
  22. "Fleet Destruction", Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown.
  23. Cutscene following End of Deception I/End of Deception II, Ace Combat X: Skies of Deception.
  24. La Société and Réactions in Ace Combat X: Skies of Deception cutscenes.
  25. Billboards in Anchorhead Bay, Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown.
  26. File:AC6 Melissa Nose Art Wallpaper 1280x1024.jpg

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