Bandai Namco's free aerial fighter Ace Combat Infinity is set to lift off on May 27 for PS3. The next entry in the long-running Ace Combat series was first announced last year in July, and was listed as the first free-to-play game in the series one month later. The game includes a single-player campaign as well as cooperative and competitive multiplayer, and Bandai Namco plans to add a player-vs-player mode following the game's launch.

The PS3 exclusive takes place on an alternate-reality Earth in which global authorities construct massive guns to save the planet from incoming debris caused by the destruction of a moon orbiting Jupiter. Ace Combat Infinity was originally due to land in 2013, but its flight suffered delays in December. The game entered open beta for one week in February.
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BOOK A FLIGHT WITH ACE COMBAT® INFINITY AS THE GAME

OFFICIALLY LAUNCHES ON MAY 27

Massive Aerial Combat to Commence in BANDAI NAMCO'S Legendary Flight Combat

Franchise for the PlayStation®3

SAN JOSE; Calif., (April 22, 2014) –BANDAI NAMCO Games America Inc. today announces that ACE

COMBAT® INFINITY will be officially launching sorties beginning May 27, 2014 in the Americas. ACE

COMBAT INFINITY combines the franchise's signature look and intense aerial combat with brand new

story campaign, co-op and competitive multiplayer modes, and seeks to give fans infinite gameplay

possibilities by continuing to update the game after its initial launch including plans of a Player vs.

Player update. ACE COMBAT INFINITY will be available in the Americas exclusively as a Free-to-Play

download for the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system via the PlayStation®Network.

ACE COMBAT INFINITY marks the first time the storied ACE COMBAT franchise has entered the Free-
to-Play gaming arena. Players will dive into the game's wealth of Free-to-Play content and fight to rule the

skies with powerful combat aircraft, advanced weaponry, and cunning piloting skills. The storyline in ACE

COMBAT INFINITY combines a near future world setting with gameplay elements that have resonated

with fans from previous Ace Combat titles, including fierce dogfights with enemy aces, boss battles

against giant aircrafts and bases all presented with hyper-realistic visuals. ACE COMBAT INFINITY's

Story Campaign mode will immerse players in an original storyline where they will complete a series of

solo missions. The game's Online Co-op Missions multiplayer mode will allow aces to form two teams of

up to four players and compete head-to-head to inflict the most damage on a common enemy. Finally, in

an upcoming update for ACE COMBAT INFINITY, pilots will fight for bragging rights and air supremacy in

Player vs. Player mode.

ACE COMBAT INFINITY for PlayStation 3 is launching in the Americas on May 27, 2014 via the

PlayStation Network; the game is rated T for Teen by the Entertainment Software Ratings Board (ESRB).

Maintain radio contact with BANDAI NAMCO Games America's ACE COMBAT Facebook page at http://

/www.facebook.com/AceCombat to receive vital ACE COMBAT INFINITY mission updates.

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