Leaving on a jet plane.
Ubisoft has announced a sequel to 2009 flight sim Tom Clancy's HAWX will hit stores in autumn 2010.
The game, which is being developed by Ubisoft Bucharest, was announced via a note on the official HAWX web site.
Versions are planned for the Xbox 360, PS3, Wii and Windows PCs. Outside of that, all we really know thus far is that the game will "enable fans to once again experience the excitement and intensity that established HAWX as a successful brand", as the PR folks put it.
Ubisoft has apparently already begun working on a further two Tom Clancy games.
There are demos aplenty on the PS3 Store this weekend, including tasters for inFamous, Red Faction: Guerrilla, Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10 and Marvel vs. Capcom 2.
There's plenty more content for existing PS3 games as well. The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena gets a map pack as does F.E.A.R. 2. There are some monster-themed costumes and level-making tools for LittleBigPlanet, plus some special Live recordings by Alice Cooper for Rock Band. Alice, remember, is a man. It's so confusing.
Also, note the excellent puzzler Fading Shadows for download on PSP. This costs 12 quid but is well worth the money. Pop over to our Fading Shadows review to find out more.
While our most recent Chronicles of Riddick face-off once again saw Xbox 360 emerge victorious in our ongoing comparison features, this more comprehensive roundup of recent releases suggests that maybe, just maybe, the balance of quality is starting to shift three years into the lifespan of the current-generation consoles. Taken as a whole, neither machine can claim victory over the other in this collection of games, probably the first time this has happened since our coverage began over two years ago. A sign of things to come, or just a factor of the specific games chosen? Only time will tell.
As is the norm, for the more interesting games you'll find embedded comparison videos. The combination of insane-level h264 encoding combined with slowing the video down to 50 per cent speed all but eliminates macroblocking, making for streaming vids that do actually show the difference. Couple that with our usual 24-bit RGB screenshot comparison galleries and you're all set with the very best possible assets to back up the critical comment.
Onto the line-up then, a seven-strong collection featuring the best of the most recent cross-platform releases.
Ubisoft will release the HAWX European Assault Pack on PS3 and Xbox 360 tomorrow.
Everyone has a guilty gaming secret and mine is this: I like Blazing Angels. Ace Combat might get the plaudits, but Ubisoft's World War II games captured the essence of close-quarters dogfighting - as opposed to locking on to a target kilometres away and dispatching it with a solitary button press.
With that in mind, I was looking forward to Tom Clancy's HAWX. Ubisoft Romania (responsible for Blazing Angels) is the studio behind the game, and the recent playable demo showed major technical leaps and bounds had been made. HAWX looks lovely, feels good and plays well online. The best of Ace Combat combined with the close-quarters gameplay of Blazing Angels? Yes please.
Adding to the allure is the guiding presence of master storyteller Tom Clancy - or rather those in control of his megabucks franchise. The game features a decent enough, if rather implausible plot, set between the events of Ghost Recon 2 and EndWar (both of which have a small influence on the HAWX storyline).
The PC version of Tom Clancy's Hawx has been delayed by one week.
Ubisoft has told Eurogamer that the Xbox 360 demo for Tom Clancy's HAWX will go live tomorrow, followed by the PS3 version on Thursday. A PC sampler will follow on 26th February.
On offer will be co-operative play for up to four friends, and three real planes to choose from. And they're better than fake planes, obviously.
Two missions are up for grabs: one covers training techniques, and the other sees players take to the skies above Rio de Janiro - recognisable because someone built a massive statue of Jesus there.
Ubisoft has revealed that mysterious survival game I Am Alive will be released by the end of March.
Correction: Contrary to earlier reports, Ubisoft has not pushed Tom Clancy's HAWX back further into 2009. The game remains on track for a first-quarter release.
Game designers love the war on terror, but judging by its output Ubisoft positively salivates at the thought of it. Under the ever-malleable Tom Clancy umbrella, we've waged open-air war in various Ghost Recon titles, engaged in close quarters hostage rescue in Rainbow Six, and snuck around the darkest corners snapping necks in Splinter Cell. Now it's time to rule the skies in the latest addition to the Tom Clancy family, HAWX.
Flights of fancy.
HAWX, the latest game to join the genre-spanning Tom Clancy series, is pitched as an accessible air combat title with a few twists. With a heavy emphasis on intense dogfighting and gravity-defying manoeuvres, and an intriguing story crossover with previous and forthcoming Tom Clancy titles, Ubisoft Bucharest's latest addition to the ever-expanding range has a bit of promise, so when we were invited over to Ubisoft's Paris HQ to talk to lead designer Thomas Simon and check out the latest build, we flew at the chance. Well, made our way through the Chunnel.
Ubisoft has pushed Tom Clancy's HAWX, all of them, back to 2009. Squawk.
Ubisoft has just sent word that Tom Clancy's HAWX will be out in September.
Ubisoft has told Eurogamer that you will be able to use voice commands to order your squad-mates around in Tom Clancy's HAWX.
Ubisoft has released details of the back-story to upcoming flight combat game Tom Clancy's HAWX.
Air combat from Ubisoft.
Ubisoft has decided to call its new air combat title Tom Clancy's HAWX.
Ubisoft has swooped past our news control tower this morning to unveil its new Tom Clancy's Air Combat brand.