THE Ace Love iDOL: Live Combat M@STER! is a spinoff installment of the Ace Combat series. It will be released as a mod content for Ace Combat: Assault Horizon. It will use a third party game modification program developed using Ace Combat: Assault Horizon, Open Horizon.
The story is set in year 2025, planet Earth. The central focus of the story is a global economic disaster that caused the downfall of world's governments, and with them, many high profile entertainment industries. THE iDOLM@STER and Love Live! School Idol Project, to name a few. In the following chaos all across the world, mankind fought among themselves for survival. When governments are no more, pirates rose to rule in the rubbles of civilization. The world descended further into local civil wars. From the ashes, new factions rise. The Burnam Corps and Voskhod Industries. The two factions claim to be the righteous heroes who will bring back order to the world. Civilians, soldiers, and even former entertainment performers join the two large factions. Although the two factions align in their main purpose, their methods differ greatly. The origin countries of these two factions seem to influence the differences. When the two factions cross path on their way to eradicate piracy, it often turn into even larger conflicts. Former idols of 765 Production and graduate students from Otonokizaka Academy got caught in the battles as they took to the skies. The world has changed for the worse, their fun is no more, and deaths are inevitable.
The game will feature no DFM and ASM. The game will follow the standard gameplay elements of traditional Ace Combat games.
Idol Civil War Campaign
The campaign will be split in two : A-Side and B-Side. A-Side campaign will follow the story of former 765 Production idols in the war, while the B-Side campaign will follow the story of Otonokizaka Graduates. The two stories are parallel, and sometimes will cross path with each other, resulting in Faction Clash.
Faction Clashes will take place in story intersections. All actions done in Faction Clashes will have an impact to the story and thus affect the ending. Faction Clash is also the only place where if the player is shot down, the game doesn't automatically end in failure. Instead, the story progresses forward in the branch without the killed characters' presence.
Since the game revolves around the special color schemes available in Ace Combat Series, the aircraft are limited to only THE iDOLM@STER and Love Live! aircraft. The player can choose between two main color schemes, the "low-profile" and the "high-profile" color schemes. "Low-profile" schemes are the canon color schemes of the stories, while the "high-profile" schemes are non-canon "idol colors" made famous in Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation, Ace Combat: Assault Horizon, and Ace Combat Infinity.
Since the campaign will have different characters, campaign mode will have fixed aircraft suited to its pilot, and will change if a different pilot is chosen. In other words, aircraft are exclusive to their pilot.
|F-22A Raptor||Haruka Amami||Red Mobius||Su-35 Flanker-E||Eli Ayase||Ice Doll|
|Typhoon F2||Makoto Kikuchi||Black Typhoon||F-15C Eagle||Umi Sonoda||Archer|
|Su-33 Flanker-D||Miki Hoshii||Butterfly Master||F-35A Lightning II||Rin Hoshizora||Wildcat|
|F-14D Super Tomcat||Azusa Miura||Violet Rose|
|F-16C Fighting Falcon||Mami Futami||Gemini 1|
|Rafale M||Iori Minase||Wild Hare||Su-30SM Flanker-C||Honoka Kousaka||Blaze|
|F-15E Strike Eagle||Chihaya Kisaragi||Blue Dove||MiG-29A Fulcrum||Kotori Minami||Gray Dove|
|JAS-39C Gripen C||Takane Shijou||Red Moon||F-15S/MTD||Maki Nishikino||Star Sonic|
|F/A-18F Super Hornet||Ritsuko Akizuki||Demon Lord||EA-18G Growler||Hanayo Koizumi||Green Swan|
|Mirage 2000-5||Yayoi Takatsuki||Sunlight|
|AV-8B Harrier II+||Hibiki Ganaha||Wardog||F-14B Tomcat||Nozomi Toujou||Southern Cross|
|F-2A Viper Zero||Ami Futami||Gemini 2||Su-25TM Frogfoot||Nico Yazawa||Rabid Rabbit|
|A-10A Thunderbolt II||Kotori Otonashi||Golden Eagle|
|F-117A Nighthawk||Yukiho Hagiwara||Snowflake|
The game will feature at least 4 different endings, depending on the actions done in Faction Clashes. Getting shot down, shooting down a rival pilot, and sparing a rival pilot will all influence the story, radio chatters, and ending.
Hostile Special Units
In addition to the rival pilots in Faction Clash, at certain points the player will encounter a pirate special unit. The units can vary from an air force squadron, an army battalion, a naval fleet, or superweapon.
The Mercenaries is a series of special missions taking cues from Resident Evil series' mini-game of the same name and Ace Combat 5's Operation Katina. The player choose a pilot and proceed to destroy as many enemies as possible before the time runs out. Mini bosses (aces) and highly skilled enemy pilots will net higher scores than normal enemies. Destroying certain enemies or performing a certain moves around the map can either increase the time or replenish the ammunition.
An expansion has been announced. It will include a pack of Aqours skin from Love Live! Sunshine!!, 876 Production skins, 961 Production skins, Uzuki Shimamura from THE iDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls, and new campaign modes for those characters.
Side A Aircraft
Side B Aircraft
February 2016, developments began on the aircraft colors for B-Side characters, both the high-profile and the low-profile schemes.
July-August 2016, developments began on the first missions of both A-Side and B-Side.
As of August 2016, developments delayed due to program limitations, awaiting further update to the program.