When a series goes through a drastic reboot, it’s a sign of one of two things. One, the series isn’t selling nearly enough copies in its current state, and the publishers are looking to do something different with it in order to garner attention. Two, the developer is growing tired of sticking with formula and opts to pitch something completely new to the publisher, taking a big gamble in the process. We’re not sure which way Namco Bandai leaned when it came to the relaunch of the Ace Combat franchise, but whichever was responsible, we owe it a lot of thanks. Even though Ace Combat 6: Skies of Liberation was nothing to scoff at, the newest release, Ace Combat: Assault Horizon, bumps up the excitement immensely…even if that means moving into some new territory in the process.