Gamasutra: "Last generation, Ace Combat 04: Shattered Skies was one of the best-selling games for the PS2; these days, the series seems to be taken for granted.
Producer Kazutoki Kono, who also directed Ace Combat 04 and 5, is helming Ace Combat: Assault Horizon, the seventh in the franchise, due for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 this October. It's under development in Tokyo at Namco Bandai's internal Project Aces studio, which produces the series.
His approach for the series marks a change and evolution, despite his success with the fourth installment -- the series' most popular game. It's one driven by the fact that "now we have to look forward, for the gaming industry is going in another direction," Kono says."