It's no surprise Ace Combat: Infinity
won't land this year, making it the second of Namco's free-to-play PS3 games to barrel roll into 2014. Both it and Soulcalibur: Lost Swords
were due in 2013, but with the year rapidly drawing to a close, Namco Bandai made their delays official.
reports, the official vagary from Namco is the delay was made to provide a "better" end product. Both games underwent beta testing in recent months, with a closed Ace Combat: Infinity
beta ending yesterday in Japan.
Namco hasn't provided official word on what to expect from either game's microtransactions. In October
, Ace Combat Brand Manager Kazutoki Kono told Joystiq going down the F2P route was "maybe a difficult call" given some apprehension from fans, but that he believed it would prove worthwhile and wouldn't affect Infinity