Ubisoft has announced that air-combat sim HAWX 2 will have an adversarial, local and online multiplayer mode for up to eight players.
The mode, which we were lucky enough to play at the recent hands-on event where we also got to play the single-player and co-op campaign, will feature six different mission types and a choice of any of the game's 32 pilotable aircraft.
The level we experienced was a mountainous valley studded with AA emplacements, radar dishes and tanks. It was a straight-up team deathmatch where points were scored for eliminating the enemy team's land or air forces.
Brilliantly, crashing at mach-2 because you're rubbish at discerning the difference between sky and ground results in a 'death by natural causes' message - presumably taking direction from the US armed forces book of disingenuous phraseology.
Ideally, teams will be formed of planes which fulfil different roles across the combat spectrum, from air interception to ground engagement - allowing teams to function as complete combat units.
Multiplayer comes in addition to the campaign, free-flight, arcade and survival modes, all of which are playable in co-op with up to four players.
Tom Clancy's Hawx will be released on 3rd September 2010 for PC, PS3, Wii and Xbox 360.