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You might’ve briefly seen this post a few weeks ago at the end of February when I still had access to my main YouTube channel. That’s where my delisted videos started but due to an unfortunate mishap (which YouTube has yet to respond to) all of that has gone away. I’m still hopeful it’ll be reinstated one day but for now my delisted videos live on their own channel. Ok, updated post commences:
Despite having now written about hundreds of delisted games, it’s still a rare occurrence for me to be actively playing one when the makers announce its end. The latest on that short list is Ace Combat Infinity, Namco’s free-to-play iteration of the arcade flight shooter that’s been up and running since 2014. With the Project Aces team now fully committed to the upcoming Ace Combat 7, the time has come to spin down Ace Combat Infinity. It’s a sad but understandable decision.
I’m no Ace myself (and still fly some low-to-mid tier aircraft) but that didn’t stop me from recording as much as I could before the end. It’s all rolling out over the next few weeks in a Delisted Special Series playlist that will be updated every day. First up is a little refresher for myself and an overview of the game for anyone new to the title. It’s a first-boot situation, seeing the shutdown announcement for the first time before navigating through the game’s gargantuan upgrade and unlock systems.
The next eight days will feature the game’s campaign missions where classic Ace Combat scenarios are retooled around a short new story. These are all commentary-free and I use the default aircraft for as pure an experience as possible. After that I’ll roll out several of the game’s Online Co-Op and Team Deathmatch missions which I recorded in an attempt to capture each of the unique missions, modes, and locations.
Finally, there’s one video from my last night with the game where I’m on the mic, airing all my parting thoughts while trying (and failing) to connect to a match. Absolutely last is a brief “what remains” clip of what happens when you boot the game up after it’s been shut down.
Despite being one of the reasons I started this site in the first place I still managed to miss this one! On December 8th, 2017 Bandai NAMCO announced they would be shutting down the free-to-play, multiplayer iteration of their long-running arcade flight combat series, Ace Combat Infinity on PlayStation 3. We’re already past the first milestone of January 9th, when all real-money in-game purchases were disabled, but there’s still time to check out the game leading up to its March 31st shutdown date. The full announcement follows:
To all pilots,
Thank you for playing ACE COMBAT INFINITY.
We regret to announce the closure of ACE COMBAT INFNITY. Thank you all for your support and we hope you enjoyed playing. We will be keeping the servers open until March 31st, 2018, so please continue to enjoy ACE COMBAT INFINITY until the very end. Details concerning the closure schedule can be found below.
ACE COMBAT INFINITY Closure Schedule January 9th, 2018 – This is the last day for purchasing items. Items will no longer be available for purchase after this date. *All purchased items can be used until the last day of service. *No refunds are available for purchased items regardless of whether or not they have been used. *The exact time when items will no longer be available for purchase may vary depending on your region.
March 1st, 2018 – After this date, free items will no longer be available and you will not be able to redeem any codes. Also, the game will no longer be available for download. *All purchased items can be used until the last day of service. *The exact time when items will no longer be available for purchase may vary depending on your region.
March 31st, 2018 – After this date, game updates will no longer be available and the servers will close. *You will not be able to play the game once the servers have been closed. *The date indicated above may change without prior notice. *The exact time when the servers will close may vary depending on your region.
Additional information will be provided via in-game notifications and the official website.
– ACE COMBAT INFINITY Management Team
The announcement was accompanied by an unexpected trailer/tribute video to the game which has been up and running since May of 2014. By the March 31st deadline the game will be just two months shy of its fourth anniversary, quite a long run for such a niche franchise.
I’ve added the dates to the Watch List calendar and will have a page up soon. This one is near and dear to my heart so I hope to make a few videos as I dive back into it after nearly a year away from the game.