This photo gallery features the F-22A -Mobius1- and F-15E -MOBIUS- from Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation. The photographer, Ribbon-Blue, explains his reason for doing this photo shoot and recalls how each aircraft was used in online multiplayer matches in Ace Combat 6.
"The name of this gallery is part of a quote from Ace Combat 5's arcade mode which features a Strangereal military campaign known as Operation Katina. The first mission briefing begins with a welcome back message to the player playing as Mobius 1, hero of the first Usean Continental War. Right when I saw the first hints of Mobius squadron being included in Ace Combat 7, the quote immediately came to mind: "Welcome back."
"The Mobius F-22A was a bit of a rare bird in the online multiplayer of Ace Combat 6. Though it could be seen more frequently in online matches than most of the other downloadable content aircraft, it did not seem to be as prolific as the many defense buffed Razgriz aircraft, certain Idolm@ster aircraft and the missile heavy Color Wing aircraft. The F-22A -Mobius1- prioritized aircraft maneuverability, speed and control over having armor. As such even a glancing missile blow or a few rounds of aircraft gun would cause immense damage to it. The aircraft point scale of Ace Combat 6 also worked against this aircraft. For example, an aircraft level three F-22A -Mobius1- shooting down an aircraft level one Mirage 2000-5 would give the Raptor very few points. Whereas that same Mirage shooting down the F-22A earns it as many points as shooting down about two aircraft. Players that used this aircraft as their primary aircraft were often very good at being selective with their fights and utilized the high mobility at high speeds at all times. Rather than point quality of kills, they were forced to rely on scoring as many kills as possible per round."
"The F-15E -MOBIUS- is the other aircraft included in the exclusive European and Japanese Ace Combat 6 pre-order download pack. The pack, known as DLC Pack 00, included this aircraft and the F-15E -YELLOW SQUADRON- which I discussed earlier in the Strike Aquila photo gallery. The F-15E -MOBIUS- does not feature any changes in performance or weapons payload from the default Strike Eagle available in ACE6. Only the nostalgia inducing Mobius and ISAF related markings is different. In online game play this F-15E did not grab attention nearly as much as its highly visible YELLOW SQUADRON counterpart, but when flying in formation with team mates or during agreed upon formation flights with all players in the game lobby, it to more acted as a conversation piece. About DLC Pack 00, Ace Combat 04, Mobius 1 and more. Though Ace Combat Infinity would be well known for the spontaneous after-mission formation flights between players, the F-15E -MOBIUS- was frequently the center piece to Strangereal themed formations for the sake of screenshots."
Date: July 9th, 2018
Game: Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation
Location: Bartolomeo Fortress
Aircraft: F-15E -Mobius-, F-22A -Mobius-
Capture Device: Elgato Game Capture HD60