Bandai Namco’s Ace Combat Infinity, the free-to-play flight simulator on PlayStation 3, has just received its latest content update. Update 13 brings new aircraft, new missions, and even a new gameplay mode, giving fans plenty of content to enjoy in the coming weeks.
Four new stock aircraft were added to Infinity: the series debut of the fictional ADA-01B ADLER , which is based off of the ADA-01A ADLER, an aircraft that was cut from development in both Ace Combat 5: The Unsung War and Ace Combat Zero: The Belkan War; the F-14B Tomcat, a bomber variant of the famous F-14A Tomcat; the EA-6B Prowler, a mid-tier jamming support aircraft; and the series debut of the MiG-35D Super Fulcrum, a high-tier MiG fighter aircraft.
Two new online co-op missions were also added. The first is Moscow Battle (HARD), a more challenging version of the Moscow Battle co-op mission. A blizzard is blanketing the city, and while it may look beautiful, the snow reduces visibility and will force pilots to stay on their toes to avoid crashing into buildings. The blizzard also hides many powerful surface-to-air missile batteries, so make to have your HUD turned on. If players are up for the challenge, new nicknames and a new emblem are available for sortieing here repeatedly.
The second new mission is Excalibur Onslaught IV, the fourth version of the Excalibur Onslaught Special Raid, which can appear randomly after a co-op mission. All players must work together to destroy the chemical laser tower Excalibur, while also evading high-power missiles and dealing with the appearance of the mysterious Butterfly Master and her UAVs. Massive credit rewards plus a new emblem and nickname are available for those lucky — or unlucky — enough to encounter this mission.
And finally, a new gameplay mode was added: Team Deathmatch – Ring Battle. If you’ve played Splatoon with its overarching “zone control” multiplayer mechanic, you’ll yourself in familiar territory in Ring Battle. Players on both teams have to control as many rings as possible before the six-minute timer runs down. Flying through a ring puts it in control for your team, but if a player on the enemy team flies through it afterward, it switches control to them. And, since this is a Team Deathmatch mode, players can still shoot each other down, so everyone has to keep their focus on the objective while evading enemy fire.
As usual, various challenges, ranking tournaments, and special events are scheduled to occur throughout the next couple of months. Recently, Infinity ran its third collaboration with THE IDOLM@STER: Cinderella Girls, allowing players to receive emblems based on characters from the Cinderella Girls mobile game. A new tournament comes later in February with Naval Fleet Assault, one of the previous Team Deathmatch modes.
Ace Combat Infinity is available exclusively on the PS3, and it’s still going strong, so stay tuned for more updates.
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