Tom Clancy's HAWX
Ubisoft Answers HAWX Questions with General FAQ
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The latest addition to the Tom Clancy franchise is the upcoming HAWX and thanks to the generosity of Ubisoft, those who want to know more, now can. Recently Community Developer, GKane has been answering a whole load of HAWX questions over at the official forums which have now been collaborated in to a general FAQ for your viewing pleasure.

As well as the FAQ, Ubisoft have also released a batch of screens from the 4 player co-op mode which can be found here or at the bottom of the post.

Is H.A.W.X a simulator or an arcade game?
H.A.W.X is a good mix between simulation and arcade gameplay. We use a fully realistic physics engine that is tuned in a way that allows every player to be able to enjoy it. The focus is being put on the gameplay depth, not on the gameplay complexity. Even if, at a first glance, our game offers a very accessible piloting experience, we also managed to keep the experience very authentic, with a huge room for skills improvement over the time.

H.A.W.X does not aim to simulate reality, but to build on it and provide an experience that feels accurate, while allowing everybody to perform complex, fun and rewarding maneuvers.

So everybody will have the same weapons - how you use them is another matter...

Is the story behind H.A.W.X fictional or there will be real settings?
H.A.W.X takes place in the Tom Clancy universe; therefore you will pilot real planes, over real world locations.

All planes are strictly based on the real models in collaboration with each manufacturer and all missions' environments have been created using the exact satellite data from the original locations, in order to make the experience as authentic as possible.

The story takes place in the near future, between 2014 & 2019, with a scenario based on risks that are already anticipated by national agencies, news sources and military experts.

Will there be briefing room scenes before each mission of the game?
Yes, the player will be introduced in each mission with a briefing.

Will there be "fictional" planes or prototypes?
The game is "Tom Clancy". Our game will have only genuine planes that include amongst them also real prototypes. Every plane inside the game is brought into the game right from the real world.


How far away is H.A.W.X from games like "Lock On" or "IL2 Sturmovik"?
H.A.W.X is an authentic game providing a complete air combat experience for all types of gamers and delivers both deep and progressive gameplay; we combine the reality of plane physics with a constant attention to player's control.

Therefore, compared to these very simulation-oriented games, H.A.W.X brings accessibility and a very well paced learning curve. The idea is to have the player feel like an elite pilot of tomorrow in 20 minutes and not after 20 hours of study. But we also ensured that even the most skilled pilot will keep learning new tricks, even after lots of hours of dogfighting. H.A.W.X offers many more options in terms of maneuverability than the usual jet fighter game.


When will the game be released?
Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X is due for release in March 2009.

How realistic will the control of the planes be?
Each aircraft will have a distinctive behavior based on its real capabilities and supported by the game's physics engine. The player's skill in controlling the aircraft and his/her ability to take its specific strengths into account will make a big difference.

However, we didn't want to restrict the game to a certain audience, which is the case if you go full simulation oriented. That's why, in order to ensure that a wider audience will enjoy the air combat experience, we decided to tune some physics parameters, while still respecting the authenticity of air combat. Again, this is about providing the same tools to everyone from the start.

Thanks GKane!


User Comments

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Comment #1 by Lord of Orion
Friday, January 16, 2009 @ 01:03:57 PM
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Air combat with a little bit of realism? I can handle that!

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Comment #2 by dragon strife 1
Friday, January 16, 2009 @ 01:05:22 PM
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this game looks sweet
if it is anything like ace combat 6 then im defo getting it

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Comment #3 by oonis
Friday, January 16, 2009 @ 01:16:28 PM
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sounds to me like another ubisoft screw up, they get a great idea and then release it butchered

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Comment #4 by the punishermx
Friday, January 16, 2009 @ 01:17:03 PM
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a must have

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Comment #5 by K1ng K00p4
Friday, January 16, 2009 @ 01:20:52 PM
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Ubisoft doesn't screw up, they make quality games. Well, the Montreal team does anyway.

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Comment #6 by Delta V1p3r
Friday, January 16, 2009 @ 01:23:04 PM
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Question: When will your other IP Splinter Cell: Conviction be released, this year in late February or early March as Scheduled or at anohter later speculatory date?

Answer: We're really hoping for 2009, but don't expect to see this game anytime soon as we push these other titles from Tom Clancy.

(Sarcasm, btw)

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Comment #7 by Pointless Dan
Friday, January 16, 2009 @ 01:35:27 PM
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This looks like it will be a bit of a mess to me. Air Combat games are rarely good and this just looks like more of the same to me.

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Comment #8 by benmou13
Friday, January 16, 2009 @ 02:26:27 PM
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No Ubisoft dont make good games they milk franchises with renames Vegas 1 & 2 both the same tech a very shit story line splits the games and no update on anything and 2 years between the games, Same with warfighter.

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Comment #9 by Sniper07LHS
Friday, January 16, 2009 @ 02:44:47 PM
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if this game is anything like ace combat 6, im not getting it

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Comment #10 by CienPR
Friday, January 16, 2009 @ 02:59:45 PM
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Looks good, last air combat game I played was way back in the xbox... forgot the name :S

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Comment #11 by SithAboveAll
Friday, January 16, 2009 @ 03:15:04 PM
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we need more games like this. ace combat 6 wasnt bad, over-g sucked.

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Comment #12 by NeotericDope
Friday, January 16, 2009 @ 04:35:40 PM
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Ubisoft tends to have a hit or miss track record. Most recently with Prince of Persia. Which I must say is crap. It's personally one of the worst games released last year. So hopefully Ubisoft doesn't drop the ball on this one.

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Comment #13 by mrhobo
Friday, January 16, 2009 @ 04:37:24 PM
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#3, you have a time machine?? if so tell me how its release was butchered. I mean, you can only know after its been released and since it hasnt been released yet. the only possible and logical answer is that you have a time machine. yup, a good old fashioned time machine

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Comment #14 by agentplatypus
Friday, January 16, 2009 @ 05:16:56 PM
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Ubisof is awesome:
Assassins Creed
Far Cry 2
R6V 1/2
Splinter Cell

Can't wait for HAWX

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Comment #15 by TehClownsta
Friday, January 16, 2009 @ 05:22:47 PM
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Damn #3, I want a good old-fashioned time machine, hit me up GT: The Clownsta. And HAWX looks pretty good imo.

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Comment #16 by oonis
Friday, January 16, 2009 @ 06:09:22 PM
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Oh darn mr. Hobo, you jump to conclusions too fast. No, I don't have a time machine (the clown, sorry if this disappoints you) but the fact just is that the game is flying around with the left stick and using quick time events to hit the enemy's right out of the sky (or ground if that's what your facing). So now we have the problem that this game shall follow in Endwars mistakes which stinks because I was really hoping that it would be like Star Fox 64.

From the FAQ it also looks like the game won't follow the recreational flying game Microsoft flight simulator, so what in the world do we have left? we have a game that will "does not aim to simulate reality, but to build on it and provide an experience that feels accurate, while allowing everybody to perform complex, fun and rewarding m

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Comment #17 by mjc0961
Friday, January 16, 2009 @ 06:20:29 PM
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The generosity of Ubisoft? The only generous thing they can do is shut down their development studios and keep their employees from getting jobs in the game development business elsewhere so gamers no longer have to suffer through another piece of Ubisoft's mediocre drivel.

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Comment #18 by A Satyr
Friday, January 16, 2009 @ 06:54:15 PM
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As long as its not like Ace combat where Tanks and Battleships are smaller than your plane...

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Comment #19 by Waterbear91
Friday, January 16, 2009 @ 07:33:07 PM
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Last air game i played was top gun on ps2 :P and may be the only one i've ever played...or at least owned..

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Comment #20 by ZEN0M0RPH
Friday, January 16, 2009 @ 08:08:47 PM
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not so good!

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Comment #21 by Webb [STAFF]
Friday, January 16, 2009 @ 09:58:33 PM
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Wow @ mjc - I take it you've not played Far Cry 2 and/or Prince of Persia recently :P

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Comment #22 by scully1888
Saturday, January 17, 2009 @ 01:23:23 AM
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SUrely I'm not the only one who sees this for what it is: Blazing Angels with a modern reskin and the "Tom Clancy" name attached to gain more interest?

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Comment #23 by Assass1n08
Saturday, January 17, 2009 @ 07:24:48 AM
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sounds good... i hope u can actually land and take-off in this game

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Comment #24 by Spaidz
Saturday, January 17, 2009 @ 09:19:37 AM
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Not a Fan but if they drop a demo i'll check it out but that is tha only time i'll play it

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Comment #25 by DeafSunchaser
Saturday, January 17, 2009 @ 10:09:19 AM
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wont get it to buy may rent if demo is good!

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Comment #26 by CunningFox
Saturday, January 17, 2009 @ 10:32:18 AM
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sounds great

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Comment #27 by Crazy Best
Saturday, January 17, 2009 @ 10:54:18 AM
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Probably gonna suck like all other Ubisoft games. Only Prince of Persia is good the past 2 years.

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Comment #28 by Gilian85
Saturday, January 17, 2009 @ 01:33:12 PM
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:( I want to shoot hot air balloons and that sort of stuff lol

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Comment #29 by Flaplid
Saturday, January 17, 2009 @ 08:38:22 PM
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The graphics look fantastic.

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Comment #30 by richardjanssen
Sunday, January 18, 2009 @ 07:30:54 AM
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gonna play this 1 for sure

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Comment #31 by XIXTheReaperXIX
Sunday, January 18, 2009 @ 07:53:44 AM
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Planes are AS big as tanks but yes the battleships thing is stupid.

leave the flight games ace combat, nuff said

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Comment #32 by xTHSx Rascal
Sunday, January 18, 2009 @ 10:52:00 AM
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Pilot games are not my cup of tea but ubisoft this looks good:)

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Comment #33 by DM HavoX
Sunday, January 18, 2009 @ 11:11:35 AM
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another list of meh. Not a fan

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Comment #34 by tozir
Sunday, January 18, 2009 @ 11:13:10 AM
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i might rent, as long as my controls are right, when are the developers gonna realise that no one wants to push down and do up. that might be the only thing that stops me from gettin it

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Comment #35 by Ryot Control
Sunday, January 18, 2009 @ 12:59:57 PM
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If Ubisoft's support for this game is as bad as EndWar, I fear for this game.

They've been having server issues and nothing is getting updated correctly.

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Comment #36 by Zero Liability
Monday, January 19, 2009 @ 12:54:01 AM
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I'm just hoping it won't turn out to be something like other Ubisoft games where it's very hyped before release, then when it's released it's very new, intuitive and interesting, but slowly dwindles in interest over a short amount of time...yes I'm talking to you EndWar. I, unfortunately, made the mistake of becoming interested in that game in the first place, but this game seems like it can really keep you on edge and hopefully something a gamer like myself will become addicted to.

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Comment #37 by Mercutio111
Monday, January 19, 2009 @ 05:10:32 AM
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never liked air combat style games, i dont expect this to change my opinion

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Comment #38 by Mercutio111
Monday, January 19, 2009 @ 05:22:21 AM
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surely they give you an option to change that?!

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Comment #39 by Mercutio111
Monday, January 19, 2009 @ 05:23:12 AM
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sorry, #34
browser just updated

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Comment #40 by oonis
Wednesday, January 21, 2009 @ 11:49:17 PM
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Zero Liability, well said

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