Ace Combat: Infinity, the newest, free to play, entry in the long running flying sim/combat franchise, is hitting the PlayStation 3 exclusively soon; ahead of that, though, Namco Bandai have released an open beta for the game, which is available on the PlayStation Network starting today.
Ace Combat: Infinity attempts to return the series to the heights it once scaled (pun totally and absolutely intended) after a series of disappointing games released in succession that caused the franchise to languish in mediocrity and obscurity for the majority of the HD generation.
The new game is set in the future, which allows for the series to eschew its more grounded design (there, I did it again), and become more imaginative with its setting. The beta will allow players to get a feel for this new setting and style by letting them play two missions, both co-op and campaign, and allowing players access to all premium paid for items free of charge, only for the beta period though.
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