Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown

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Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown
Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown cover
Developers
Project Aces
Publishers
Bandai Namco Entertainment
Engines
Unreal Engine 4
Release dates
Windows January 31, 2019
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Key points

Using a controller is recommended over keyboard and mouse controls.
Well optimized for PC.

General information

Official site
Acepedia - A huge wiki for the Ace Combat series
Steam Community Discussions

Availability[edit]

All versions require Steam and Denuvo Anti-Tamper DRM.[1][2]

Version differences[edit]

The Launch Edition contains the base game and the F-4E Phantom II + 3 Skins DLC.
The Deluxe Edition contains the base game, the Season Pass, and the 8 Popular Squadron Emblems DLC.
The Deluxe Launch Edition contains the contents of the Launch Edition and the Deluxe Edition.

Downloadable content (DLC) and expansions

Name Notes
8 Popular Squadron Emblems Not available for standalone purchase in all regions.
Windows
F-4E Phantom II + 3 Skins
Windows
Season Pass Also includes "Music Player Mode" exclusive DLC.
Windows
ADF-11F Raven Set Included in Season Pass.
Windows
ADF-01 FALKEN Set Included in Season Pass.
Windows
ADFX-01 Morgan Set Included in Season Pass.
Windows

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %LOCALAPPDATA%\BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment\ACE COMBAT 7\Config
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/502500/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %LOCALAPPDATA%\BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment\ACE COMBAT 7\SaveGames
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/502500/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
Multi-monitor
See the WSGF topic.
Ultra-widescreen
See the WSGF topic.
4K Ultra HD
Borderless fullscreen is set to desktop resolution. Option available in fullscreen.[3]
Field of view (FOV)
Use Ace Combat 7 Cheat Engine FOV Table.
Windowed
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Controlled by Textures setting. Low is 4x, Medium 8x and High 16x.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
FXAA ("Low" and "High"). Up to 2X SSAA available via Scaling setting.[4] See Anti-aliasing (AA) for TAA.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
FPS cap can be configured to 60 up to 144 or unlimited in options menu.[4]
High dynamic range display (HDR)

Anti-aliasing (AA)[edit]

TAA provides much better image stability and quality than FXAA and is cheap to use.
This may cause the main menu to shake.[5]
Replace FXAA with TAA[6]
  1. Enable the in-game setting for FXAA and set it to HIGH.
  2. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  3. Open Engine.ini.
  4. Add this at the bottom.
[SystemSettings]
r.PostProcessAAQuality=6
r.DefaultFeature.AntiAliasing=2
r.TemporalAACurrentFrameWeight=0.2
r.TemporalACCatmullRom=1
r.TemporalAAPauseCorrect=1
r.TemporalAASamples=4
r.TemporalAASharpen=0.6
r.TemporalAADynamicSharpen=0.1

Chromatic aberration[edit]

Disable chromatic aberration[7]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open Engine.ini.
  3. Add this at the bottom.
[/Script/Engine.RendererSettings]
r.SceneColorFringeQuality=0
r.SceneColorFringe.Max=0

Draw distance[edit]

Draw distance can be tweaked by adjusting the values of the r.ViewDistanceScale parameter.
Increase draw distance[8]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open Engine.ini.
  3. Add this at the bottom.
[/Script/Engine.RendererSettings]
r.ViewDistanceScale=5
r.SkeletalMeshLODBias=-2
r.StaticMeshLODDistanceScale=0.25

Input settings[edit]

Audio settings[edit]

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
BGM, sound effects, and voiceovers have individual volume levels.
Surround sound
Subtitles
Subtitles are independent of audio language. Radio and cutscene subtitles can be enabled independently.[10]
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Single-player missions pause on focus lost. Main menu and multiplayer do not.
There is no native voice chat support.

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
French
Italian
German
Spanish
Japanese
Polish
Brazilian Portuguese
Russian
Korean
Traditional Chinese

Network[edit]

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
LAN play
Online play
8 Versus

Connection types

Type Native Notes
Matchmaking
Online lobby browser with no indication of player skill.
Peer-to-peer
Dedicated
Self-hosting
Direct IP

Issues fixed[edit]

Lag in menus[edit]

Menus exhibit extreme slowdowns when going from one menu to another.
This issue was fixed in Patch 1.10.[11]
Unplug USB audio devices[12]

Unplugging USB audio devices such as DACs, headsets and microphones resolves the issue. Disabling them in the Sound control panel works too. Disabling the device's respective HID-compliant device in Device Manager may also solve the issue.

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Shader Model support 5.0
64-bit executable
Required.

Middleware[edit]

Middleware Notes
Audio Wwise
Cutscenes Criware

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 7, 8, 8.1, 10 (64-bit)
Processor (CPU) Intel Core i3-7100
System memory (RAM) 4 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 60 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce GTX 750 Ti
2 GB of VRAM
DirectX 11 compatible
Sound (audio device) DirectX 11 compatible

Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/502500/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (502500) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.

References