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Namco Bandai Games is bringing its Ace Combat series to the 3DS and the publisher has now released some initial game details along with a handful of screenshots.

The aerial shooter will provide gamers with real-world aircrafts to fly as they take on a wide range of missions.

The touch screen is not only used to lock on to enemy planes as players will use it to rain down bullets on their targets too. Taken from the press release, Ace Combat 3D will strive to offer "edge-of-your-seat controls":

Experience the exhilaration of becoming an ace pilot with added control mechanics that enable split-second counter-maneuvers, dynamic dogfight action and satisfying enemy takedowns.

It hasn't been confirmed whether the game will feature multiplayer, nor has it been determined when it will launch. Since there's not a lot of concrete information on the game, it's probable that Ace Combat 3D is still very early in development. We'll keep our eyes on it.