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Written by Starfox   
Friday, 04 April 2008 01:25
Now that they are the exclusive owners of the international rights to use Tom Clancy's name on whatever product they see fit, Ubisoft is willing to give some more details about one of their upcoming projects Tom Clancy's HAWX (previously known as Tom Clancy's Air Combat). Unlike other Clancy branded games, this one won't feature playable ground forces since it will focus on aircrafts and... well, air combat.

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Here's a bit about the story and the key features of HAWX, as far as the single part of the game is concerned:

The story begins in the year 2012. As the era of the nation-state draws quickly to a close, the rules of warfare evolve even more rapidly. More and more nations become increasingly dependent on private military companies (PMCs), elite mercenaries with a lax view of the law. The Reykjavik Accords further legitimize their existence by authorizing their right to serve in every aspect of military operations. While the benefits of such PMCs are apparent, growing concerns surrounding giving them too much power begin to mount.

• ENHANCED REALITY SYSTEM (E.R.S.) - E.R.S. is in-game technology that helps turn novice aviators into elite pilots of the future. The Enhanced Reality System is the backbone of the HAWX flight experience: radars and incoming missile detection, anti-crash system, damage control system, tactical map and information relay, and weapons trajectory control. E.R.S. also allows players to issue orders to their squadron, making this system as iconic to HAWX as the Cross-Com system is to Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter!

• ASSISTANCE MODE – Players can ease into their flight missions and gain a level of comfort with the use of the assistance mode. Once employed, players can take full advantage of their technological support through the E.R.S and gain maximum piloting security. If the situation calls for the player to unleash the full potential of the aircraft, the assistance mode can be switched off and all safety features will be deactivated. This comes with increased risks, but allows the player advanced dogfighting maneuvers and stunning third-person views.

• REALISM AND AUTHENTICITY – Players have the opportunity to take the throttle of over 50 of the world’s famous aircrafts, as well as being able to dogfight over realistic modern landscapes that have endured years of post-war trauma.

Well I'm usually a fan of flyng simulations but the "hardcore" type and although I usually can do my peace with some liberty taken regarding true facts (especially when the story takes place in the future) no need to say that there is some words that worry me in the above. Mainly the use of "third-person views". Sounds a lot like Crimson Skies to me. Not that the game might not be good but it sounds definitely more like an arcade game rather than a simulation one.

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Tom Clancy's HAWX is being developed by Ubisoft Bucharest, the same Ubisoft studio that was behind the rather pretty good Silent Hunter IV (for which a review is coming since I've finally completed a full career after almost a year of efforts -- on and off of course). However, while Silent Hunter IV proves to be a real simulator, I have some doubts about HAWX. Why? because this is a Tom Clancy game people! A real air combat simulator -- like real life -- it's about 2 hours of annoyance and 5 minutes of thrill for each mission and we all know that this is definitely not Tom Clancy's universe pace (not as defined by Ubisoft anyway).

No matter what, Ubisoft also released the trailer featured below, which all in all gets the expected job done, capturing some attention. They amusingly chose to feature the Rafale Marine in this trailer -- but well, that's Ubisoft we're speaking about so if you hear a French rooster starting to sing, just look the other way... or shoot it (personally I don't mind, a good rooster with a fine red wine, it's a must).

As stated at the end of the video Tom Clancy's HAWX should hit the shelves sometimes during Fall 2008. Meanwhile you may also fly right to the Official Site (afterburner engaged or not, I leave that up to you).

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