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Free-to-Play Ace Combat Infinity Gets New Open Beta Test On PS3 This Week


Publisher Namco Bandai has rescheduled an open Beta event for Ace Combat Infinity. This is a free-to-play version of the ongoing aerial combat franchise, which is set for release on Playstation 3. A new Beta timetable was dated between December 12 and December 18, 2013.

Its first announcement was originally planned on November 7, but that didn’t come to fruition. It would’ve originally run through to November 13, but ended prematurely. Therefore, a new test is in order.

Some restrictions apply. Most importantly, this Beta is only applicable towards the Japanese Playstation Network. Still, you’ll be able to download the game with some savvy, if you register a Japanese account.

Downloading the game should take about 2Gb of space on your console. If you’re worried about not knowing how to operate it, it would seem you’re in luck, as interfaces indicate English text.

This is only one of several announcements from Namco Bandai going into the free-to-play realm. In other news, they released a free-to-play version for one of their other big franchises, namely Ridge Race Driftopia.

The game, available for Playstation 3 and PC, remodeled their Ridge Racer Unbounded release into a chopped up version with in-game purchases. It’s probably a good idea to check how much Unbounded costs, if you’re looking into pumping more than 15 bucks into the freemium version, since it’s exactly the same build.

They’ve continued down that road ever since, with the announcement for a Ridge Racer game on mobile devices. While it’s not confirmed yet, it’d be surprising to see the iOS and Android game miss in-app purchases.

There are still no dates for the localization of Ace Combat Infinity in western regions.