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New Sky Crawlers Screens Promise High-Flying Adventure

Posted by Luke Westaway

Developers XSEED Games set their sights on the Western market

Although it's been out for over a year in Japan, The Sky Crawlers: Innocent Ages for the Wii has so far failed to drum up much excitement over on Western shores. However, with a North American release date now set for January 5th 2010 and a European release planned for February, that could all be about to change. Looking at these latest screens it's obvious that Namco's development team 'Project Aces' has been hard at work squeezing every last drop of graphical loveliness out of the Wii's hardware, and it's hard not to get excited at the prospect of some high-octane aerial combat making its way onto our screens in the next few months.

It's also good to see a game that promises to back action with substance - the game is based on a 2008 anime film, which hopefully means we'll be treated to a storyline with some depth to complement the arcade-style action of the main game.

It's a shame it's taken this long to secure a Western release, and being released in January Sky Crawlers could well fall victim to the usual post-Christmas fall in spending, but with NGamer scoring the Japanese version an impressive 88% this could well be a title worth picking up.

What are your predictions? Air-ace or divebomb? Thoughts in the comments please!

[via gamespress.com, namcobandaigames.com]

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User Comments (18)

Capnking

#1

Capnking said:

I really want this game to be good. It's going to be tricky though, getting a good enough translation/voice acting job done on the story that it doesn't drag the game down, but there's no reason it can't be done! And the price tag is very good news.

LEGEND_MARIOID

#2

LEGEND_MARIOID said:

I've read the N-gamer review as I subscribe to them. They really like this game as you say. Looks interesting

Sean_Aaron

#4

Sean_Aaron said:

GAME has this up for pre-order and I've booked my copy of the PAL release. The box art simply shows the Namco name (as opposed to Atari) and the PAL press release is from Bandai-Namco Partners in Australia -- are they finally publishing their own titles in Europe?

JimLad

#5

JimLad said:

Is it online is it online? :|
Someone needs to make a new Crimson Skies type game with online dog fights!
...but then if it were a Wii game chances are starting a match would be impossible after a few months.

maka

#6

maka said:

Seems nice! I wonder if you're locked to the chase view or if you can switch to an in-cockpit view...

RevolverLink

#7

RevolverLink said:

I haven't seen the film and I've never played any of the Ace Combat games before, but I've had my eye on this one for a while. I'm really hoping this and Fragile Dreams turn out to be good (I might make day one purchases for them), and I've heard little to indicate anything to the contrary, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed that the good news keeps coming!

Shiryu

#8

Shiryu said:

#1 day one purchase, even if I do own the Japanese original since March, so allow me to vouch for it's stunning gameplay. No way I'm passing up on a Project Aces game, I hope they bring more to the Wii, namely, an Ace Combat.

Machu

#10

Machu said:

I've been watching this one, and it looks really really nice. Was a bit disappointed to hear the original audio may not be in there, but, I won't care when I'm cruisin' around shooting stuff. Yay!

CanisWolfred

#12

CanisWolfred said:

Ugh...I watched the movie it's based on, and it was absolutely terrible! I really hope the game is nothing like it.

Pegasus

#13

Pegasus said:

@Mickeymac
I actually quite like the movie, which surprised me as I'm not a real anime connoisseur. Its plodding pace worked very well in unraveling the truth behind the at first enigmatic characters. It is very much an adult-oriented film despite featuring a lead cast of mainly kids.

It's a shame the Japanese books the movie was based on have never been translated.

Back to the game: It's one of the few third-party games that's on my watch-list. I really do hope it'll turn out well.

Junkface

#14

Junkface said:

If I can't have star fox wii, this might suffice for now. Please god let there be online multiplay pls. On my knees pls.

Sean_Aaron

#15

Sean_Aaron said:

I can confirm there's no online multiplayer, but this description on the Play-Asia site will hopefully shed some light on what we can expect:

The visual based control system designed by the Ace Combat team is fully incorporated for Nintendo Wii in this shooter.

Grab hold of your nunchaku and maneuver your plane. With the player friendly system, all novices would become ace pilots in no time.

Get a partner to cover your back during battles, control this partner's actions via a simple press of a button. Aside from the partner, a tactical command system is also included for more exhilarating game play.

There are a total of 12 planes to fly and these planes are made up of 26 parts. Assemble different parts into your craft to personalize it and suit the needs of different missions.

With scenarios written by the famed writer Mori Hiroshi, the game includes a 30 minute animated drama based on the author's novel.

XCWarrior

#16

XCWarrior said:

Please let this be good. I need a great flying game on Wii until my mythical Star Fox game comes out.

Rerun

#17

Rerun said:

I love the Anime. I hope the game doesn't turn out to be a dud. With 3rd Party Developers on the Wii it's hit-or-miss when it comes to the controls.

LEGEND_MARIOID

#18

LEGEND_MARIOID said:

I re-read the revw and it sounds an ultra interesting game. I don't like the wiimote and nunchuck control system though (though I haven't tried it obviously)

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