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Ace Combat 04: Shattered Skies is a 2001 combat flight simulator video game developed and published for the PlayStation 2 by Namco. It released in Europe in 2002 under the title Ace Combat: Distant Thunder. The player assumes the role of a fighter pilot, assigned the call sign Mobius 1, and controls one of 21 different fighter jets through 18 different story missions. Each mission features different objectives including shooting down squadrons of enemy pilots and escorting friendly units. The game's story is told through interlude cutscenes between missions as well as mid-mission radio chatter. It is the fourth game in the Ace Combat franchise and the first to release on the PlayStation 2.