Ace Combat 7 Boasts Strong Sales, but There's a Sad Story Behind Dog.JPG

Ace Combat 7 Boasts Strong Sales, but There's a Sad Story Behind Dog.JPG

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Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown, the latest entry in Bandai-Namco's flight combat series, soared to impressive sales heights following its release last week. Gematsu posted Japan's Media Create sales charts yesterday, which marks down Ace Combat 7 with 202,379 copies sold. New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe comes in at second place with 88,840 copies sold (and lifetime sales of 255,143). In the UK, Ace Combat 7 debuted in the number two spot and New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe hangs in at number one. Unfortunately, even good news can't cut through new information about the Internet's new beloved mascot, Ace Combat 7's JPG Dog.

We here at USG ask you to bow your heads and press "F" to pay respects to "JPG Dog," a pupper who made waves last weekend for doing absolutely nothing. JPG Dog shows up in one of Ace Combat 7's early cutscenes and just… sits there, unmoving. Turns out JPG Dog is indeed an actual JPG (well, presumably a higher-quality image file format) of a staff member's pet who passed away.

"So, I have a bit of depressing news to share. It's about our now famous, loyal, canine companion. I heard from the rest of the staff that he had passed away shortly after the photo was taken," Ace Combat brand director Kazutoki Kono tweeted on Monday (thanks to James Galizio for the translation). We are truly blessed to have known you. May you rest in peace."

Indeed. Thank you for lighting up our lives, JPG Dog. May you frolic forever amongst the spirits of other heroic meme animals.

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Nadia Oxford

Staff Writer

Nadia has been writing about games for so long, only the wind and the rain (or the digital facsimiles thereof) remember her true name. She's written for Nerve, About.com, Gamepro, IGN, 1UP, PlayStation Official Magazine, and other sites and magazines that sling words about video games. She co-hosts the Axe of the Blood God podcast, where she mostly screams about Dragon Quest.

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