Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown

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Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown
Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown cover
Developers
Project Aces
Publishers
Bandai Namco Entertainment
Engines
Unreal Engine 4
Release dates
Windows January 31, 2019
Reception
Metacritic 78
OpenCritic 81
IGDB 81
Taxonomy
Monetization DLC
Microtransactions None
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives First-person, Third-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Action, Vehicle combat
Vehicles Flight
Art styles Realistic
Series Ace Combat
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Key points

VR mode is exclusive to PlayStation 4.

General information

Acepedia - A huge wiki for the Ace Combat series
Steam Community Discussions

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Publisher website
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Deluxe Edition also available.
Windows
GamersGate
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Deluxe Edition also available.
Windows
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Deluxe Edition also available.
Windows
Green Man Gaming
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Deluxe Edition also available.
Windows
Humble Store
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Deluxe Edition also available.
Windows
Steam
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Deluxe Edition also available.
Windows
Amazon.com (unavailable)
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Windows
All versions require Steam DRM.[1][2]
Denuvo Anti-Tamper DRM was removed on October 19, 2021.[3]

Version differences[edit]

The Deluxe Edition contains the base game, the Season Pass, and the 8 Popular Squadron Emblems DLC.
The Launch Edition contains the base game and the F-4E Phantom II + 3 Skins DLC.
The Deluxe Launch Edition contains the contents of the Launch Edition and the Deluxe Edition.

DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
Season Pass
Windows
8 Popular Squadron Emblems Can be purchased in Japan.
Only available elsewhere by purchasing the Deluxe Edition.
Windows
Music Player Mode Only available by purchasing the Season Pass or Deluxe Edition.
Windows
F-4E Phantom II + 3 Skins
Windows
ADF-11F Raven Set Included in the Season Pass.
Windows
ADF-01 FALKEN Set Included in the Season Pass.
Windows
ADFX-01 Morgan Set Included in the Season Pass.
Windows
Unexpected Visitor Included in the Season Pass.
Windows
Anchorhead Raid Included in the Season Pass.
Windows
Ten Million Relief Plan Included in the Season Pass.
Windows
25th Anniversary DLC - Original Aircraft Series Set
Windows
ASF-X Shinden II Set Included in 25th Anniversary DLC - Original Aircraft Series Set.
Windows
XFA-27 Set Included in 25th Anniversary DLC - Original Aircraft Series Set.
Windows
CFA-44 Nosferatu Set Included in 25th Anniversary DLC - Original Aircraft Series Set.
Windows
25th Anniversary DLC - Experimental Aircraft Series Set
Windows
F-16XL Set Included in 25th Anniversary DLC - Experimental Aircraft Series Set.
Windows
F-15 S/MTD Set Included in 25th Anniversary DLC - Experimental Aircraft Series Set.
Windows
FB-22 Strike Raptor Set Included in 25th Anniversary DLC - Experimental Aircraft Series Set.
Windows
25th Anniversary DLC - Cutting-Edge Aircraft Series Set
Windows
F/A-18F Super Hornet Block III Set Included in 25th Anniversary DLC - Cutting-Edge Aircraft Series Set.
Windows
F-2A -Super Kai- Set Included in 25th Anniversary DLC - Cutting-Edge Aircraft Series Set.
Windows
MiG-35D Super Fulcrum Set Included in 25th Anniversary DLC - Cutting-Edge Aircraft Series Set.
Windows

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %LOCALAPPDATA%\BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment\ACE COMBAT 7\Config\
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/502500/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %LOCALAPPDATA%\BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment\ACE COMBAT 7\SaveGames\
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/502500/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud

Video[edit]

Basic graphics settings
Basic graphics settings
Advanced graphics settings
Advanced graphics settings
Display settings
Display settings

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
Anamorphic 16:9 aspect ratio.
Multi-monitor
See the WSGF topic.
Ultra-widescreen
See the WSGF topic. Or use this alternative mod
4K Ultra HD
Borderless fullscreen is set to desktop resolution. Option available in fullscreen.[4]
Field of view (FOV)
Use Ace Combat 7 Cheat Engine FOV Table.
Windowed
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Exclusive fullscreen also available.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Controlled by Textures setting. Low is 4x, Medium 8x and High 16x.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
FXAA ("Low" and "High"). Up to 2X SSAA available via Scaling setting.[5] See Anti-aliasing (AA) for TAA.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
FPS cap can be configured from 60 up to 144 or unlimited in options menu.[5]
High dynamic range display (HDR)
The game engine may allow for manual configuration of the game via its variables. See the Unreal Engine 4 page for more details.

Anti-aliasing (AA)[edit]

TAA provides much better image stability and quality than FXAA and is cheap to use.
This may cause the main menu to shake.[6]
Replace FXAA with TAA[7]
  1. Enable the in-game setting for FXAA and set it to HIGH.
  2. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  3. Open Engine.ini.
  4. Add this at the bottom.
[SystemSettings]
r.PostProcessAAQuality=6
r.DefaultFeature.AntiAliasing=2
r.TemporalAACurrentFrameWeight=0.2
r.TemporalACCatmullRom=1
r.TemporalAAPauseCorrect=1
r.TemporalAASamples=4
r.TemporalAASharpen=0.6
r.TemporalAADynamicSharpen=0.1

Chromatic aberration[edit]

Disable chromatic aberration[8]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open Engine.ini.
  3. Add this at the bottom.
[/Script/Engine.RendererSettings]
r.SceneColorFringeQuality=0
r.SceneColorFringe.Max=0

Draw-distance[edit]

Can be tweaked by adjusting the values of the r.ViewDistanceScale parameter.
Increase draw-distance[9]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open Engine.ini.
  3. Add this at the bottom.
[/Script/Engine.RendererSettings]
r.ViewDistanceScale=5
r.SkeletalMeshLODBias=-2
r.StaticMeshLODDistanceScale=0.25

Texture quality[edit]

Some players may experience blurry textures despite having the Texture Quality set to High. This can be easily seen when viewing aircraft in the hangar at certain angles or when using the cockpit view.
Improved texture quality[10]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open Engine.ini.
  3. Add this at the bottom.
[SystemSettings]
r.MaxAnisotropy=16
r.Streaming.UseAllMips=1
r.Streaming.FullyLoadUsedTextures=1
r.Streaming.HLODStrategy=2
r.Streaming.FramesForFullUpdate=0
r.Streaming.UseFixedPoolSize=False
r.Streaming.PoolSize=0
r.MipMapLODBias=-1
r.DisableLODFade=True
r.ViewDistanceScale=6
r.SkeletalMeshLODBias=-2
r.StaticMeshLODDistanceScale=0.1

Input[edit]

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Remapping
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller
Controller support
Full controller support
The acceleration control (default R2/RZ/RT) is prone to a bug where it doesn't reach full throttle and instead jitters at ~75%. This can presently only be fixed by restarting the game. Disconnecting the controller can make it unable to reconnect to the game while it's running.
Controller remapping
Two different presets for acceleration/yaw controls and map/weapon switching.
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Controller types
XInput-compatible controllers
Xbox button prompts
Impulse Trigger vibration
DualShock 4 controllers
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Generic/other controllers
Thrustmaster joysticks only.[11]
Button prompts Input settings icon - Generic Controller.svg
Additional information
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Can be disabled.
Simultaneous controller+KB/M

Audio[edit]

Sound settings
Sound settings
Language settings
Language settings

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
BGM, sound effects, and voiceovers have individual volume levels.
Surround sound
Subtitles
Subtitles are independent of audio language. Radio and cutscene subtitles can be enabled independently.[12]
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Single-player missions pause on focus lost. Main menu and multiplayer do not.
There is no native voice chat support.

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
French
Italian
German
Spanish
Japanese
Polish
Brazilian Portuguese
Russian
Korean
Traditional Chinese
Simplified Chinese

Network[edit]

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
LAN play
Online play
8 Versus

Connection types

Type Native Notes
Matchmaking
Online lobby browser with no indication of player skill.
Peer-to-peer
Dedicated
Self-hosting
Direct IP

Issues fixed[edit]

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 11
Shader Model support 5.0
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows

Middleware[edit]

Middleware Notes
Physics PhysX
Audio Wwise
Cutscenes Criware

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 7
Processor (CPU) Intel Core i3-7100
System memory (RAM) 4 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 60 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce GTX 750 Ti
2 GB of VRAM
DirectX 11 compatible
Sound (audio device) DirectX 11 compatible
A 64-bit operating system is required.

Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/502500/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (502500) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.

References