Thrustmaster announced that the specialized flight joystick for Bandai Namco’s Ace Combat 7 called the T. Flight Hotas, will launch on January 17th, 2019 alongside the game for the PlayStation 4.
The limited edition joystick will go on sale for pre-order starting December 13th, 2018 next month. You’ll be able to get your hands on the new device for £74.99.
Thrustmaster has been demonstrating the flight stick in action on a globetrotting PR trek leading up to the release of the peripheral and Bandai Namco’s arcade flight sim for home consoles and PC.
The device is designed to work with both the standard PlayStation 4 version of Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown, along with the PlayStation VR version of the game.
A new trailer was also released to showcase some of the game’s content as well.
The trailer doesn’t necessarily showcase anything you haven’t already seen before, and it certainly doesn’t make any of the story anymore clear than what the previous trailers have done. However, the trailer does give you some cool scenes and clips of high-quality evasive maneuvers and some aerial ballet to make you “woo” and “ahh” all the way through.
It would have been pretty cool to see how the T. Flight Hotas worked specifically in conjunction with the flight mechanics in Ace Combat 7. The Unreal Engine 4-powered sim definitely looks good and it’s probably one of the most realistic looking console games running on Epic’s game engine. However, depending on how the physics are setup will depend on how well it works with the joystick.
Maybe we’ll get to see some footage ahead of the release of the game in January, but that only gives them December to roll out a proper trailer for the joystick and the game.
You can pre-order the flight stick starting next month from over on the Thrustmaster website.