The storylines for the Ace Combat series are usually kinda loopy, but you have to admit that they are absolutely gorgeous. Today we’ve got the E3 trailer for their next installment, Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown. In it we get a small taste of the story (seems we are heading back to the Strangreal universe), as well as another visual feast of aerial combat and eye-poppingly detailed fighters. Here’s a snippet on the story, courtesy of the AceCombat.Wikia.com site:

Around 2020, the country of Erusea – which had reformed into a Kingdom – declared war on the Osean Federation for unknown reasons. Prior to this, a space elevator was constructed southwest of Usea, which will have significance in the conflict. The space elevator is defended by aerial warships, designated “FAS”, that carry 80 MQ-101 UAVs.

The game’s story cutscenes will be from the perspective of multiple characters, similar in a way to Ace Combat 04’s cutscenes that were from the perspective of the Side Story Narrator. The theme of “comparison” (between manned and unmanned, veterans and rookies, etc.) will be central to the plot.

We’ve got an opportunity to check out the game for ourselves next week, but there’s one part that I’m beyond excited for — the game will be launching with a subset of VR missions made exclusively for PlayStation VR. The game is coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC, and was just confirmed for a 2018 release date. Check out the gallery above for some cool trailer action and screens, and stay tuned for more E3 news here on Gaming Trend.