Ace Combat marks dream collaboration with Top Gun

Ace Combat recently celebrated 25 years (and announced a new one in progress). When reporting this, I thought about how the best thing Bandai Namco could do for Ace Combat 7 would be the fantasy collaboration with Top Gun: Maverick. Well, clearly someone at Bandai Namco is a fan of the PCG because these beautiful suits did it.

The Top Gun: Maverick collaboration will release on May 26 alongside the movie and will feature three aircraft – although the trailer only shows one, because it contains spoilers. The film is a sequel in which Tom Cruise’s character Maverick now teaches a new generation of fighter pilots and, by all accounts, is an absolute cracker.

Ace Combat and Top Gun are both about the same particular fantasy, that of being a rogue pilot flying at supersonic speeds to blow up the bad guys and save the world. If there’s an Ace Combat fan out there who doesn’t also love Top Gun, I’d be surprised. It’s easy to be cynical about brand collaborations, but sometimes the two are a perfect match.

The DLC includes Maverick’s F/A-18E Super Hornet with exclusive in-game insignia, as well as an F14A Tomcat that bears Maverick and Goose’s names in their respective cockpits.

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2019’s Ace Combat 7 was a triumphant return to what made the series great in the first place: fighter jets blasting each other in ridiculously OTT settings. It’s a great laugh and I’m definitely going to start over for a spin on Maverick’s plane. Heck, if you’re as excited about this movie as I am, then you might even want Project Aces’ celebration phone wallpaper.

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