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Ace Combat: Assault Horizon update lets you ditch Games for Windows Live

Namco Bandai has released an update for the PC version of Ace Combat: Assault Horizon that lets players switch from Games for Windows Live to Steamworks functionality.

The update, which went live yesterday, lets you keep both your saves and achievements. There's more on the Steam page.

The update will be available until 1st April. From 1st April the new version of the game using Steamworks will become the default version. After 1st April, Namco Bandai can't guarantee your save files and achievements will be properly transferred, the publisher said.

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Ace Combat Assault Horizon PC version confirmed

Ace Combat Assault Horizon launches on PC in Q1 2013, Namco Bandai has announced.

That's at retailers and via download. Ace Combat released on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in October 2011.

Meanwhile, the game will be available to download from the PlayStation Network on 28th November and as an Xbox Live Games on Demand title on 18th December 2012, Namco Bandai said.

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Dark Souls sells over a million in the West

Dark Souls sells over a million in the West

Ace Combat, Soulcalibur 5 sales in.

From Software's superb action role-playing game Dark Souls sold over a million copies in the West, Namco Bandai has revealed.

That's 1.19 million units on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in Europe and the US, to be exact. Japan sales aren't included because there the game was published by From Software itself in collaboration with Sony Computer Entertainment Japan.

Shifting over a million units in the West alone can only be considered a success, and with the upcoming PC release set to add to that tally, From Software is no doubt celebrating. A sequel - or at least a spiritual successor - can't be far off.

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EU PlayStation Store update 12th October

EU PlayStation Store update 12th October

Castlevania! DA2! Space Marine for 50!

This week's EU PlayStation Store update is a threadbare affair, headlined by the delayed 2D side-scroller Castlevania: Harmony of Despair.

Castlevania: HOD was first released last August as part of the Xbox 360's annual Summer of Arcade season, when it scored a frightful 4/10 from Eurogamer's John Teti.

There's still no sign of Mortal Kombat: Arcade Kollection however. Sony previously blamed the six week delay on a "technical issue" with the game.

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Ace Combat: Assault Horizon

Ace Combat: Assault Horizon

Modern airfare.

It's Call of Duty in the air. That's the sell. That's what the designers were told to shoot for by their spreadsheet-watching producers. That's what New York Times bestselling military author, Jim DeFelice, was asked to target when lining up the characters and arc of the story. That's the bull's-eye marketing quotation the PR men are hoping the critics will pen: a triple-A quip, ripe for sticking on the poster. And, if Namco Bandai's focus groups were illustrative of a wider consumer desire, that's what the gamers want.

Ace Combat - the quintessential Japanese air combat series, positioned in that console-perfect sweet spot between After Burner's spasmodic arcade thrills and Microsoft Flight Simulator's nerdish reservations - has been unflinchingly repositioned for the Modern Warfare generation. From the gruff American pilots reminiscing about sorties into Iraq before locking reticules onto hostile Russians, to the slow-motion cutaway kill-cams that glory in each stylish takedown, it's clear that Assault Horizon is the product of a team of Japanese creatives straining to appeal to a Western audience.

Undeniably, it's where the money lies. But is it a match made in the stratosphere? And what about those of us who loved the Top Gun-meets-anime aesthetic of the previous games? Let's not forget that the final stage in the previous game, Ace Combat 6, had us piloting a jet fighter down the barrel of a kilometre-long gun. Once upon a time, Ace Combat was Ridge Racer in the air. So what has been gained by all this faux gravitas?

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Out This Week - 14/10/11

Forza 4! Ace Combat! PES 2012! More!

Big week, this. October is in full flow. Dragon Age 2 welcomes a second lump of DLC with Mark of the Assassin, starring The Guild actress Felicia Day. There are new monsters, areas, weapons and challenges. Let's hope it's better than previous DLC, Legacy.

Ace Combat Assault Horizon exclusives

Ace Combat Assault Horizon exclusives

Pre-orders get Limited Edition.

UPDATE:

Namco Bandai has contacted Eurogamer to correct an error in its initial press release - Ace Combat Assault Horizon's Limited Edition will be packaged in a folded box, not the steel tin as previously stated.

ORIGINAL STORY:

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The Project Aces producer showing us around his new game has a novel method of demonstrating the finer detailing of Ace Combat: Assault Horizon. Coming in low over the silvery thicket of super-scrapers that make up the sprawling Dubai level (coming in low is, after all, part of every textbook landing) he hunts around for the hotel complex we're staying at for the presentation, picks it out, and then proceeds to strafe us mercilessly. Point taken: these maps are pretty accurate, then.

Ace Combat Assault Horizon release date

Ace Combat Assault Horizon release date

Ace Combat 3DS announced.

Ace Combat Assault Horizon launches in Europe on 14th October, Namco Bandai has announced.

The PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 game launches on 11th October in the US.

The Limited Edition includes the game's soundtrack and downloadable content.

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Ace Combat: Assault Horizon announced

Ace Combat: Assault Horizon announced

Due out for PS3/360 in 2011.

Namco Bandai has confirmed that it's working on a new Ace Combat game for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

Due out in 2011, Ace Combat: Assault Horizon promises single-player and multiplayer elements although there are no more details at the moment.

The last we heard of Ace Combat in console land was the admirable sixth instalment, Fires of Liberation, which could be our wingman anytime etc 8/10.

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