Yeah, I agree. I'm sure they nearly killed the series on purpose.
Well obviously there are aspects about it that killed it as a mass consumer product, but I think it's sort of noble failure. As much as there were cool moments in AC6, I felt like creatively they were sort of spinning wheels abit. That's also why I'm actually not 100 percent sure AC7 will be Strangereal. Is there anything more they wish to do with it? If I were to be a dumb fanboy, I'd guess either Yuktobania as the protagonist or something set in Usea in the 2020s. A lot of people have suggested the Estovakian Civil War and while that does seem cool I think they'd wanna do something unrelated to the last numbered Ace Combat. Of course, there's always Maeda's Ace Combat Saga idea where a Mercenary Forest Gump's their way through the Belkan, Continental, and Circum-Pacific Wars, but I kinda doubt they'd do something that self indulgent.
I'll open up the forum
once AC7 is announced never.
Look, this is the year that FFVII Remake, Shenmue III, and The Last Gaurdian all became real. AC7 is small fry compared to that.
Anyways, what I reeeeeeally want is to get a PSX watch party going; tenatively called "The Ace Combat 7 Watch Party of Inevitable Disappointment". Think we could get an IRC chat setup for that? It's at 1pm EST this Saturday.