Ace Combat 7’s Most Lovable Character Is A Picture Of A Dog

Ace Combat 7’s Most Lovable Character Is A Picture Of A Dog

The cutscenes in Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown take place in gorgeously rendered environments populated by excellent 3D character models. Also, this static picture of a very good dog.

Introduced in a lengthy cutscene leading into the game’s sixth mission, Ace Combat Dog sits stoically by its master’s side. Its tail never wags in excitement. Its chest never heaves with breath. Its body wavers slightly in what seems to be a heat haze, but otherwise the dog is as still as the photo it obviously is.

Why a two dimensional dog? I do not know, but I feel as though Watchsymphogear’s explanation is the best.

Ace Combat Dog has to move at some point. When first introduced, it’s looking up to its master, the princess of the fictional kingdom of Eursea, adoringly.


In the next shot, it’s looking into the camera. Or at least its eyes are pointed toward the viewer. It’s unclear whether or not Ace Combat Dog can even see into our complex third dimension.


Either way, Ace Combat Dog is a lovable pupper, and we hope to see it in more games in the future. Or even right now, via the magic of transparent PNG files.


Now we can take Ace Combat Dog everywhere. Like Eorzea.


The world of Mirror’s Edge.


And even Kotaku editor-in-chief Stephen Totilo’s Nintendo Switch.


So spread the Ace Combat Dog love. Just because it’s two dimensional doesn’t mean it doesn’t love hugs.


  • I’ve never played any of this series, but a Youtuber I follow started up a playthrough and I was really impressed with the level of realism in the cutscenes. Some really nice lighting and atmospheric effects going on.

    • A full cutscene video of Ace Combat 6 is worthwhile, too. For my money, it told more compelling stories than 7 has, but I’m really enjoying 7 regardless.

      • I heard something about 7 following on more from 5’s story than from 6’s, is that true? Just curious since I may actually pick up AC7 when it hits PC in a few weeks.

        • Yup. Its set back in the same setting as 5. Some years later, with some new political developments, but a few familiar names in the mix as well.

          • Cheers. I’ll have to go digging for some synopsis videos, catch up on the story to date. And also buy a flight stick.

  • Had i not seen this article i doubt i would have even noticed.

    And talk about trying hard to force a meme.

  • I tried to make a meme once.
    Maybe I should do this so it definitely doesn’t become a thing.
    Probably won’t take off anyway.

  • I’m really enjoying Ace Combat 7. I saw this cutscene yesterday and I was very impressed how adding a real photo of a dog can make it more realistic than it already is.

    I saw comments on a YouTube video poking fun at the graphics ” looks like a PS3 game ” I used the dog as one of my rebuttals.

  • The dog belonged to a member of the development team, and unfortunately perished shortly after he was photographed for the game.

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