Ace Combat 7 has just been released on the PC and from the looks of it the game lacks various PC features that PC gamers were expecting to find in a brand new 2019 PC game. The game also currently has Negative reviews on Steam, though it’s really early right now and Bandai Namco can turn the tides with a quick hotfix/patch.
For starters, the game does not support ultrawide 21:9 resolutions. Not only that, but some gamers reported that they were unable to run the game in 4K though we’ll test this ourselves once the game has been installed on our machine.
At this point, I’d like to note that Bandai Namco did not provide us with any review code (even though it did send PC codes to… smaller websites). I don’t know whether we’re blacklisted or whether the publisher knew the existence of these issues and wanted to “postpone” our tech analysis, however – and as with most cases these days – we went ahead and purchased the game now that it has been officially released.
The game also does not support the mouse for navigating its menu (it does support it in missions though). This isn’t a big deal (at least in our opinion) however I’m sure that some gamers will be disappointed by the lack of it.
Perhaps the most disappointing thing with the PC version of Ace Combat 7 is the lack of support for HOTAS (Hands On Throttle-And-Stick) joysticks. From the looks of it, only specific models are supported and most PC gamers are unable to use their joysticks.
Some users also reported that the game prompts some Xbox button prompts instead of the keyboard/mouse prompts that it should be displaying (when using that particular control scheme).
It’s worth noting that the PC version of Ace Combat 7 was delayed two weeks and it’s really disappointing that it did not receive any additional love from Bandai Namco (so that the aforementioned issues were resolved prior to its release).
But anyway, stay tuned for our PC Performance Analysis!