- "[We aim] to provide the software that shapes the world of tomorrow."
- ― Company spokesperson
Neucom Incorporated (ニューコム Nyūkomu) is a multinational corporation. The company has developed many advanced scientific technologies, some for military purposes. The company's headquarters on Earth is located in Port Edwards.
Neucom, along with its rival competitor General Resource Limited, functions outside of the framework of nations. The company has territorial holdings across the Usean continent and has sold some of its aircraft designs to the Universal Peace Enforcement Organization.
Neucom was one of the four factions the player could join in the Japanese version of Ace Combat 3: Electrosphere. In the international version of the game, the company was known as Neuwork.
The company is organized into five distinct departments:
- Neucom Info: information technology
- Neucom Space: space development
- Neucom Bio: biotech and nanotech development
- Neucom Sphere: communications development, named after the electrosphere
- Neucom Publishing: public relations and foreign affairs
In 2020, the Aurelian Air Force operated the YR-99 Forneus and YR-302 Fregata, while the Leasath Air Force operated the YRB-89. All three of these aircraft featured highly innovative designs, including the use of laminar flow control to reduce drag.
These design concepts are also seen in Neucom's later R-numeral series, and all three aircraft feature a "YR-" prefix, indicating that they were developed either by Neucom or one of its predecessor companies.
By sometime in the 2020s, Erusea was forced to privatize its space agency, the Erusean Air and Space Administration, due to the agency's repeated financial difficulties. Erusea issued government bonds to facilitate the privatization. Following this, the agency pursued a joint venture with a major airline corporation, which resulted in Neucom's incorporation.
Some members of General Resource's development staff transferred to Neucom in 2030. These scientists ended up as the core of Neucom's staff, propelling the company's prospects and expanding its potential over the next decade.
Neucom also began full development of its original R-numeral aircraft series, beginning with the R-101 Delphinus #1. The "R-" stood for "radical", referring to the planes' cutting-edge technology. In addition, all of these aircraft featured modern implementations of the Electro-Neuron-Synapse-Interface standard for Connection For Flight Interface.
In 2032, Neucom began development on a major satellite network. The company absorbed many telecommunications and software companies two years later, which rapidly sped up the satellite network's development. The general public began to see Neucom's rapid development using absorbed technology companies as inhumane.
In 2033, General Resource shut down the Darkness of Enigma program, which was being used to develop the X-49 Night Raven. The DOE team members defected to Neucom and developed the XR-900 Geopelia using the Night Raven's design concepts.
Neucom Bio had also begun experiments with nanotechnology. The department was developing Nano-Bytes in the Chopinburg Rainforest, but in 2035 a major accident occurred and the Nano-Bytes damaged many areas on the Usean continent. A similar incident occurs during the Nemo simulation. Neucom Bio also acquired an area in the Sandbury Desert formerly used by General Resource for constructing a geodesic dome, which was never finished.
General Resource disputes
General Resource saw Neucom's rapid development in the 2030s, which began with hiring former General Resource staff, as a threat to General Resource's economic interests. In 2036, disputes began to escalate between the two companies. General Resource, which had the support of multiple Usean governments, imposed economic sanctions against Neucom and began to slander its name, ruining its public image.
In 2038, armed skirmishes began to take place between the two companies' military forces. The Neo United Nations was heavily involved in attempting to de-escalate the situation and avoid the possibility of a war.
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In Simon Orestes Cohen's Nemo simulation, it is assumed that the Neo United Nations's efforts to maintain peace between the two companies failed. Conflict came to a head in the Faith Park dispute when Neucom forces attacked General Resource forces in Faith Park Gorge.
Eventually, an incident had to take place - and one did. As a Neucom Transport Group flew over Expo City, the largest city in General Resource’s territories, a GRDF Fighter Unit was sent up to intercept them. An Aerial Battle broke out over the city, and resulted in damage to the city and the loss of civilian life. Now the NUN and UPEO placed extremely harsh restrictions on each company, but unfortunately, this did not change anything.
As a Transport Group from Neucom entered Expo City Air Space in early 2040, it was engaged by UPEO fighters. This resulted in the loss of the entire group. Neucom took action immediately after this.
Neucom Inc. had declared war against the General Resource Defense Force and denounced the UPEO. Neucom then began to interfere with all General Resource operations on the continent by jamming their communications and attacking their production and research facilities. As the UPEO scrambled to cease aggressions on each side, Neucom began to use Ultra-High Altitude Transports and escorts to continue their operations.
Neucom Inc. had decided to use Megafloat as a rallying point for its Naval Forces. Many of their Warships began to sail and resupply at Megafloat, however, UPEO Command saw that using Megafloat as a resupply base was against many of their set restrictions and decided to engage any Neucom Warship which was going to dock at Megafloat. Soon, General Resource began to ignore the UPEO sanctions as well and began to attack all of the city’s defenses. Neucom continued to operate there despite these attacks and continued to attack any GR Facilities they came across.
During one GR offensive, the Riass Space Center was under siege as Antilion Walking Tanks and a GRDF Strike Group attacked it. They were attempting to take the Center before a Space Shuttle was launched into space and vectored onto their new Orbital Satellite Lasers. The attack failed and the shuttle was launched. A day or so later, a Neucom R-352 Sepia Space Fighter, controlled by Nemo, was launched from Riass and completed the first Space Combat Mission in World History, which destroyed the OSLs. One had apparently fell out of orbit and into the Water near Megafloat. As a Neucom taskforce went to recover it a General Resource recovery fleet was sent to stop them. After a brief battle, Neucom had recovered the Satellite.
In a GRDF response, General Resource RF-12A2 Blackbird IIs began to intercept Neucom’s Ultra-High Altitude Transport Groups and slow Neucom Operations. Neucom then began attack General Resource’s White Valley Air Base, one of General Resource’s most vital air bases, effectively shutting it down. A UPEO Representative attempting to defect to Neucom was killed by UPEO Fighters further building anger towards the UPEO from Neucom. In the Sandsberry Desert, once a General Resource Territory, now the site of a Neucom Inc. Bio-Tech Center, Neucom Operatives had ‘kidnapped’ multiple GR Scientists and were transporting them by train to this facility. However, the scientists were destroyed along with the train by General Resource fighters. It was believed that the scientists had attempted to defect and were not kidnapped.
Neucom had become tired of General Resource’s operations and began gathering their forces at Megafloat for a large scale offensive. The UPEO then sent its Pilots to destroy the entire Neucom forces, which consisted of an Aerial and Naval Fleet. As Neucom attempted to recover, its facilities in Port Edwards were attacked by a large GRDF Air Group. When Neucom had sent all of its available fighters to engage them, it became the largest engagement between Neucom and General Resource of the war. The UPEO had sent its aircraft to stop them, but when they arrived the battle was already well underway. The UPEO pilots managed to stop the battle after destroying multiple aircraft on each side.
After this the UPEO made the discovery that a third group, known as the “Ouroboros”, was responsible for the entire conflict between the two Companies. Now General Resource and Neucom were forced to support the UPEO in their operations to stop the Ouroboros. Many battles took place as the alliance attempted to halt Ouroboro's power.
The decisive battle came at Megafloat. An Ouroboros fleet of 3 Stealth Destroyers and an Aircraft Carrier laid siege to the city. But a counterattack destroyed the fleet, and destroyed any chance of invasion by Ouroboros. Neucom Inc then engaged the Ouroboros Flying Headquarters, the UI-4053 Sphynra, and engaged its escorts, leaving it almost defenseless. The Sphynra was destroyed days later by UPEO Pilots. Ouroboros disappeared into the shadows again. This victory came at a heavy price, a X-49 from the Sphynra fired a laser into Megafloat, killing the entire population of the city. The X-49 and the UI-4054 fighter from the Sphynra were later destroyed.
Once that threat was removed, the war had stopped and each side was brought back to the Neo United Nations for talks.
It was decided that the two companies would have their ‘Defense Forces restructed. General Resource had its own restrictions, while Neucom’s business was to be restricted by the new Usean Government, their business anywhere outside the continent was to be heavily monitored and regulated by the Government.
Overall, Neucom was hit the worst by the conflict. The loss of Megafloat destroyed a symbol of pride, and a major center of Neucom's operations. However, the radical corporation was able to begin recovery from the devastation.
In late 2040, a last crisis had arisen which had involved Neucom. The XR-900s were being developed at a Neucom facility in Port Edwards. They had suddenly activated, taken off and attacked certain points in the city. UPEO Command scrambled and launched their most experienced pilot AI - Nemo - to intercept them.
Within the first few moments of the engagement, the Pilot had managed to hack into one of the XR-900s after it attempted to Hack into its aircraft. The AI had taken the controls of the Geopelia, engaged and destroyed the others after an extended engagement.
It was found that Neucom had no ties to this event and that no ties to anyone could be confirmed, after an investigation. Many had speculated that this sudden attack was caused by a program that the Ouroboros had pre-programmed before their disappearance, possibly afterwards as well.
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- The name "Neucom" is likely a portmanteau of the words neuron and computer.
- Neucom's logo has been used as an easter egg in some of Namco's other games, including the Ridge Racer series and Smash Court Tennis Pro Tournament 2 (and its Europe-exclusive successor, Roland Garros 2005).
- ↑ UGSF Series Official Site timeline.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Ace Combat 3 in English | Mission 10 (Follows Cynthia's Orders) | Power For Life. Uploaded by User:ASF-X Shinden II on 30 January 2017.
- ↑ Ace Combat 3: Electrosphere - Mission & World View Guide Book, page 040.
- ↑ ACE COMBAT X -> World -> Third link in the list -> YR-99 -> Third icon (text). Retrieved June 9, 2015.
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 R-101 Delphinus #1 description, Ace Combat Infinity.
- ↑ PlayStation/エースコンバット３-エレクトロスフィア-. Retrieved on 23 December 2017.
- ↑ Neucom Incorporated biography, Ace Combat 3: Electrosphere.
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 Ace Combat 3: Electrosphere - Mission & World View Guide Book, page 041.
- ↑ Ace Combat 3 in English | Mission 1 | Awakening. Uploaded by User:ASF-X Shinden II on 12 January 2017.
- ↑ 10.0 10.1 Ace Combat 3: Electrosphere - Mission & World View Guide Book, page 187.
- ↑ 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 11.4 Ace Combat 3: Electrosphere - Mission & World View Guide Book, page 037.
- ↑ 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 Ace Combat 3: Electrosphere - Mission & World View Guide Book, page 036.
- ↑ Ace Combat 3: Electrosphere - Mission & World View Guide Book, page 021.
- ↑ 14.0 14.1 Ace Combat 3: Electrosphere - Mission & World View Guide Book, page 034.
- ↑ Bug Hunt, Ace Combat 3: Electrosphere.
- ↑ Ace Combat 3: Electrosphere - Mission & World View Guide Book, page 186.
- ↑ Awakening, Ace Combat 3: Electrosphere.