Tom Clancy Is Programming HAWX 2*

This is a render, not in-game.

Remember Tom Clancy’s HAWX? That might be a problem for the announcement of HAWX 2. Below is the début trailer for the sequel to what wasn’t an enormously inspiring game. However, the trailer is looking mighty better than the original. The original suffered from looking a bit lacklustre. This certainly doesn’t. Unless these are renders. I hope they’re not.

This is of course from Ubisoft, so may well come with lunatic always-online DRM. It’s due out this Autumn.

*That might be a lie.

59 Comments

  1. blargy says:

    I am sure those are renders, those planes were actually flying for more than 30 seconds with out crashing.

    • Navagon says:

      There were no notifications of disconnection from Ubicrap’s servers. So it obviously wasn’t the PC version.

  2. Corrupt_Tiki says:

    I want more USAF, not crappy Arcade space-invaders style flying shooter

  3. Tei says:

    A game can produce this type of graphics. A game can produce much better graphics that can we see on this video.. some of the graphics of this video look a bit cheap and bad to me (explosions, smoke trails, …) but may look well ingame, since are not designed to be seen fillilng the whole screen (but I have not played the early game). Overal, the graphics are glorious. Is my understanding, that this type of flight simulators exist for the same reason racing games like Dirt or Blur exist: to show sexy machines doing what these machines do best.

  4. Brumisator says:

    The first one was just terrible.
    Nowadays I get all my flying done in Arma2. It’s simish enough so you feel you’re flying a plane, but arcadey enough so you can have barrel(rolls) of run.

    • Corrupt_Tiki says:

      I love ArmA 2, I only just have siezed my first town without mass casualties – It’s only taken me like 2-3 Months.

      I’m crap at Flying the planes, I don’t even try anymore, I can fly a helicopter, but usually get shot down, And I can drive a tank, but normally get blown to kingdom kong – If the enemy has explosives.

      Hurrah for ArmA and other Sadistically hard (sim)games =D

      ps. Win Captcha – BEET

    • Sweedums says:

      i also love ArmA2… though i did enjoy HAWX…. it seems im the only one lol. I mean, I never expected it to be a flight sim, its a “tom clancy” game in the sense that it’s unrealistic and story-wise, a bit absurd at times, but the co-op was fun with a friend, and it did at least kinda make you feel like a pro fighter pilot… kinda…

      it was certainly uninspired as mentioned, but i found it quite fun to just zip about shooting stuff up, a guilty pleasure, if you will.

      that said, i have never been a big flight-sim player because i’m terrible at them.

    • Sweedums says:

      though i would like to point out that the stupid computer guidance thingy was turd, and flying the planes in the sort of “hardcore” view, whatever it was called, was pretty much impossible cos it gave you a retarded view of things and you couldnt actually see where you were going or what you were fighting….

      on second thoughts, HAWX was a bit crap wasn’t it.

  5. Jhoosier says:

    Can you fly Warthogs? I don’t care for flight sims, but if there was one where I could fly that, I’d buy it.

    • blargy says:

      DCS A-10C will be out this year and it looks like a real flight simulator. Brings back fond memories of Back to Baghdad.

      Heck DCS A-10C is so realistic that it takes 8 min just to start up the engines!

    • Boldoran says:

      There are plenty of sims/arcades allowing you to fly that. Note that hawx 2 won’t be a sim though.

    • cw says:

      A10 Tank Killer :) ahhh the good old days…..

    • Corrupt_Tiki says:

      Janes USAF let’s you fly warthogs, with all the gattlingness and clusterbombs + bunker busters you can manage, oh and bogeys
      It’s been awhile but i think it should still be a good game, just needs some tlc in the visual department.

    • Phydaux says:

      blargy: That is a beautiful vid, thanks for sharing. DCS A-10C looks excellent. I’ll need to get a joystick and head-tracking device now though.

    • DSX says:

      That was an amazing video. I’m not really into flight sims, but am surprised at the fact that someone has made a game so realistic that just sitting in the cock pit starting the damn engines makes it look brilliant. That said, I can only imagine that the actual “flight” part of that sim is equally unforgiving and realistic. I could never have the patience for it – but I suspect it would be fun to watch someone else who does.

  6. robrob says:

    Petition to get this renamed Tom Clancy’s HAWES

  7. Adrian says:

    It looks like HAWX 1 which i think is crap. For the first game they promised a crazy close to real life computer system in your plane and for me they failed to deliver this. i doubt they will get it right this time.

  8. teo says:

    Whoever made that shit trailer should be embarrassed

  9. dudekiller says:

    MISSION IS A-GO! BREAK LEFT! BINGO FUEL! GHOSTS CAPTURED! NACHO PROBLEMS! TANGO REVERSAL! BRICK PUNCH! SEVENTEEN ELDERBERRIES!

    • WiPa says:

      I lol’d hard at this. Funny cos it’s true.
      Well done good sir!

  10. Navagon says:

    Why all the coverage of substandard Ubicrap games? Also, what’s with all the ‘evolved’ titles of late? Have the Holy States of America finally accepted the theory or something?

    • Sir Derpicus says:

      “Why all the coverage of substandard Ubicrap games?”
      Have you seen the regular venue of indie/somewhat obscure (by regular standards) games? Some of them are fine (good, great, fantastic even), but a shift to ubisoft games isn’t lowering the standard.

      “Also, what’s with all the ‘evolved’ titles of late? Have the Holy States of America finally accepted the theory or something?”
      No, we just tricked the French into thinking that we accepted it so they’d shut up about it. We’ll trick them into thinking we’ve adapted the metric system next.

    • Corrupt_Tiki says:

      @ Derpicus.

      Didn’t America try to switch to the metric system, but found it too hard so they left it how it was.

    • Nallen says:

      @Corrupt_Tiki A bit like when they tried round-abouts.

    • Navagon says:

      Trying reply link again…

      @ Sir Derpicus
      It is lowering the standard in that this is a PC-centric blog and Ubisoft are interested only in killing off their support for the PC entirely. Why they don’t do that simply through the more economical route of no longer developing for the PC, I don’t know. I guess they really felt the need to take a crap on the platform before their final farewell.

      Then there’s also the fact that people are quitting the company, not because of the DRM, but because of the complete and total focus on graphics at the expense of everything else. Meaning that Ubicrap’s games will only ever look good from now on.

      As for tricking France: don’t think it will be that easy. It’s not a coincidence that many of our words relating to espionage and subterfuge are derived from French. Including those.

    • Sir Derpicus says:

      Setting up an entire service network (like everyone else) that supports savegame sharing across multiple PCs (NOT like everyone else – also, valve thinks it’s a good idea too and we all like valve) doesn’t sound like abandoning the PC market.
      It’s stupid in its implementation when you need to be online all the time instead of just at checkpoints, but the fact remains that ubisoft clearly has PC interests.
      Also, in reflection, I think I’m becoming a bit of an apologist for ubisoft after noticing that asscreed 2 is a totally great game, even if a bit short, and that the DRM doesn’t rape my gameplay experience since I’m not one of those retards that thinks wireless is awesome. Then again, I didn’t play it on the weekend of release.
      Speaking of which, ubisoft, even after all this, isn’t going to abandon the PC market because asscreed 2 did well enough to exceed their server capacities, which SHOULD reflect their pre-launch expectations of the sales for the game – meaning there’s still money to be made from making PC games, even if they decide to spend money and effort on polishing the graphics and whatnot.

  11. destroy.all.monsters says:

    From the grave!

    I wonder if we can call him Xom Xlanxy now?

  12. Devan says:

    How exactly does a fighter squadron perform an extraction? Also, where did the “bad guys” get their high-tech planes from?

  13. Mac says:

    When the heck is Fall?

    Only an American would work on a calendar driven by leaves?

  14. RGS says:

    Cheese Fest Central.

    What a load of mediocre, uninspired rubbish, couldn’t be much less interested.

  15. NegativeZero says:

    Looks like a render. And a render from a late 90s game, at that.

  16. nobody says:

    I was actually wondering , how come there was no coverage for ArmA2: Operation Arrowhead at all on RPS? ArmA2 used to get quite a bit of good feedback and coverage.

  17. mlaskus says:

    Does this guy even write books anymore?

  18. MeestaNob! says:

    Ubisoft means I’m instantly not interested.

  19. Phinor says:

    The first one might be the worst game involving airplanes that I have ever attempted to play.

    But I’m not judging the sequel because the first iteration was terrible. No, not at all. I’m judging it based on the DRM it uses and that means we have a game I have zero interest in.

  20. Mavark says:

    Hawx 1 was crap apart from the…..it was crap…best bit of crap? the systems off shit from the crappy camera angel tighter turning circle bullshit. ubiballs have had some perthetic idears latly. they should stop making games untill they can make there servers work for more then 30 minutes at a time. its bordering on WoW service….aka crap

  21. Azhrarn says:

    I quite liked the original H.A.W.X., but mostly in a “lets jump into a fictional plane and shoot up some stuff” way, not thinking of it in any way as a simulation, just an arcade style flight-shooter.

    And it works quite well in that sense. Grab an Xbox controller and throw some expensive virtual military hardware around.

    If H.A.W.X. 2 is similar, I may actually get it, providing it’s not using that Ubisoft always-on DRM.

    • hansg says:

      yeah i totally agree. hawx 1 gave me quite some fun time blastin up stuff. the coop was nice as well :o

  22. Henry Turner says:

    Yay, let’s all celebrate murdering civilians and journalists, oh yes sorry I forgot it’s called collateral damage these days. I like games as much as many and more than most, but seriously these developers need to rethink their approach, unless most of their sales come from bible-thumpin’ redneck states, in which case they only are is money.

    • EthZee says:

      Wait. What exactly is your complaint with? This specific videogame? Videogames about combat aircraft? I don’t think anyone here celebrates the death of civilians.

    • Corrupt_Tiki says:

      @ EthZee, Dw bro, I think just trollin’

      I hate people that can’t recognize the difference between a Soldier and a Murderer

    • Sonic Goo says:

      Dad… Dad, put mom on the phone.

  23. Wahngrok says:

    It will be available for the Wii, so I don’t think there’s much hope for a more sim-type approach…

  24. Paxeh says:

    HAWX 2? Let’s have more IL2 or Lomac type flight sims please.

    HAWX made my eyes bleed with it’s consolitis.

    • EthZee says:

      Lock On is awesome. I did try HAWX’s version of the A-10 Warthog. It was the same as the other jetfighters, except a bit slower.

      BAH. Where are my radar-guided Hellfire AGMs? Where is my targeting screen? Where’s the little rangefinder pointer that accounts for movement and bullet drop for my GAU-8?

      I really need to give that another go.

    • Paxeh says:

      Hey, we need planes that can drift. Just like in real life.

    • Corrupt_Tiki says:

      @ Paxeh

      What was so bad with Janes USAF??
      Needs to be a little less hard on the eyes, but as I recall it was a rather good game with bunker busters.

      C’mon Bunker Busters!

      I would buy it right now if it was just a bit prettier

  25. Bascule42 says:

    Microprose…come back. We NEED YOU!!!

    • myros says:

      LOL I still have the manual for falcon 3 lying around somewhere … you know that blue spiral bound monster. Microprose …ah the memories.

  26. monkeybreadman says:

    I shall only say this once……

    meh.

  27. Navagon says:

    @ Sir Derpicus
    It is lowering the standard in that this is a PC-centric blog and Ubisoft are interested only in killing off their support for the PC entirely. Why they don’t do that simply through the more economical route of no longer developing for the PC, I don’t know. I guess they really felt the need to take a crap on the platform before their final farewell.

    Then there’s also the fact that people are quitting the company, not because of the DRM, but because of the complete and total focus on graphics at the expense of everything else. Meaning that Ubicrap’s games will only ever look good from now on.

    As for tricking France: don’t think it will be that easy. It’s not a coincidence that many of our words relating to espionage and subterfuge are derived from French. Including those.

  28. Spork says:

    Pff I’m still waiting for DCS: A10C. Sure it’ll take me a week just to learn how to take off, but going by the level of detail in Black Shark it’ll be worth it. And this time the controls will be in english, which helps.

    As for this: cheese fondue with cheese-flavoured cheese strings.

  29. JimmySawFinger says:

    The Co-op in the first Hawx game was hot, myself and 3 other friends played it one night on our pc’s, pity it was so short but we did have some epic fights, and trying to chase down the shuttle when it launched was lolzy. I look forward to the new game.

  30. Pew says:

    Even though I kind of liked HAWX for what it was – a short arcade jet fighter game – I just want a new F22 ADF with a quick launch and infinite missiles, so I can play that for hours without needing to read a 400 page manual. I’M LOOKING AT YOU FALCON 4.0!

    Also, game that has a trailer and is not Game A, Game B or Game C, which are old but better than the game the current game is a sequel for, with only a trailer shown, so we can totally agree that it is going to be awful. Long incoherent sentence. Klowns.

  31. Jimbo says:

    Tom Clancy’s son, Thom Clancy, actually works in the games industry. FACTS!

  32. Santiago says:

    Google DCS:Warthog

  33. Bobsy says:

    TECHNOLOGY IS YOUR WEAPON

    And then a shot of an experimental plane from the 70s which never entered service. Shitty technology is your shitty weapon.

  34. V!NCENT says:

    Hawx was as awesome as how awesome Sega Rally is to Gran Turismo; Bloody Fscking Awesome!

    And that hardcore view is for dodging rockets and bullits, which, after you completed the SP should have been fscking awesome and fscking obvious.