Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown players can now decorate their aircraft with character emblems from The Idolmaster series. Bandai Namco newly added the emblems through the free 3rd Anniversary Update patch released on August 2, 2022. It featured 13 characters that appeared in The Idolmaster: Starlit Season, the series’ latest console entry available on PS4 and PC in Asia.
The new update also added more aircraft skins. Some of them are modeled after squadrons in prior Ace Combat entries, such as the UPEO from Ace Combat 3: Electrosphere and the Wardog and Razgriz squadrons from Ace Combat 5: The Unsung War. It also added a new glitch-inspired Shining skin for the fictional aircraft XFA-27.
The new crossover content added another entry to the long-running collaboration between the two original game IPs owned by Namco. The crossover began in earnest when Bandai Namco added The Idolmaster DLC liveries in the 2007 Xbox 360 game, Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation. Most Ace Combat games released afterwards also received post-release content featuring characters from the idol-raising simulation game series.
Even though Project Aces named it the “3rd Anniversary Update,” the game was already three-and-a-half years old when it released the patch. Bandai Namco released Ace Combat 7 worldwide in late January 2019. It has sold more than 3 million physical and digital copies of the game as of August 2021.
Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown is available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.