Namco Bandai takes to the skies on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 next year with Ace Combat Assault Horizon, a rebirth for the franchise featuring helicopters, turret-gunning, and quick-time events.

Fans hungry for a new console version of Ace Combat since the 2007 release of Ace Combat 6 on the Xbox 360 are on course to be sated next year, though it might taste a little different than they're used to.

This teaser trailer for Ace Combat Assault Horizon from Gamespot shows a massive battle taking place over the skies of Miami, indicating a departure from the fictional country combat we've grown accustomed to over the past few titles in the series. During the battle, prompts appear on-screen, urging the player to press the PS3's triangle button, performing a special maneuver and then ejecting from a damaged vehicle.

Later in the clip we're shown what looks to be helicopter piloting, as well as a segment where the player is firing a mini-gun from inside of a chopper.

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It's an interesting departure, but one that might prove a bit jarring for players who just want to fly jets and shoot missiles.

What do you folks think?

Ace Combat Assault Horizon prepares for takeoff [GameSpot UK - Thanks Maikeru03!]