Trivia / Ace Combat

  • Dueling Games: With Konami's Air Force Delta series and Ubisoft's H.A.W.X. series.
  • Fan Nickname: Strangereal, the name of The 'Verse where the series takes place, was simply appropriated from the 2000 teaser trailer for Shattered Skies, where the setting was called "This strange, real world, the another future." It became official only in 2015, 20 years after the franchise's birth and 15 after the term was first used, when announcing Ace Combat 7.
  • The Wiki Rule: Ayup.
  • Referenced by...: Vector Thrust, at any point possible.
    • The LWSM and SWBM missile files are hidden in the game's files. Most other weapons, while actually including their real names, are also referred to by the same names as in the PS2 Ace Combat games.
    • Nearly all of the characters from the series pop up as random AI opponents you may face in Skirmish or Arcade battles.
    • Several Namco titles also make references to the series. Ridge Racer in particular returns the favor for Nagase being a recurring character by having the logos of several Ace Combat 3 corporations show up in the levels of Ridge Racer V and 64; one stage in Tekken 6's story mode also takes the player through a hangar housing several CFA-44 Nosferatu's, which is also the plane the player flies in Mach Storm, a Spiritual Successor to the original arcade games. Possibly the strangest one, however, is the Nintendo 3DS game Pro Baseball Famista 2011, where the XFA-27 from AC2 is among the various Namco characters showing up to play baseball. Yes, a baseball-playing fighter jet.
    • Lyrical Nanoha, of all things, references the Belkan War. Bonus points for Belka being a proud kingdom of the past, its only representatives being honorable knights, and the heavy amounts of Air Jousting. Add to that the great disaster falling upon the kingdom.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Namco announced that they would be porting three of their arcade games, including Air Combat 22, to PC in May 1996. EDGE had a preview of the Rave Racer port in their July issue, but beyond that nothing came of the announcement.
    • Before work proper started on Ace Combat 5, the team planned to use the Ace Combat 04 engine for an entirely unrelated game - a remake of Xevious to celebrate that series' 20th anniversary. Some footage of the game remains, showing what is essentially Ace Combat 04 with the player flying the Solvalou instead of a real-world plane, but that one-minute teaser is basically all that came out of the project before the team shifted all its time and resources to The Unsung War.
    • Around 2007, Famitsu had an article centered on a trio of cancelled games that would have been set in the Strangereal world - the first of the three in particular, Brave Arms, would have been a 3D beat'em up set in the Kingdom of Sapin in 2025.


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