HAWX 2 hunting this fall

Ubisoft's latest Tom Clancy-inspired sequel offering top-speed aerial combat on 360, PS3, Wii, and PC later this year.

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Ubisoft took to the skies with the Tom Clancy series in 2009, and the first HAWX mission was apparently successful enough for a second. Calling out the original's million-unit-plus performance, Ubisoft today said that Tom Clancy's HAWX 2 will hop on a highway to the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii, and PC danger zone this fall.

"Do a barrel roll!"

Ubisoft Bucharest will again handle development duties on this latest installment in the HAWX franchise. Unfortunately, the publisher was light on hard information as to what gamers can expect from the sequel. Players will apparently reprise their roles as ace aerial combatants, helming high-octane aircraft in an unspecified confrontation. Ubisoft did note that the game will be directly inspired by Tom Clancy's techno-thriller novels.

The original HAWX was set in a near future where private military companies (PMCs) have begun to supplant national armies as the world's top armed forces. Following a treaty signed in Iceland in 2012, PMCs even begin to take over the duties of air forces around the globe. However, given said companies' "lax" view of international law, the move causes more conflict than ever before, leading the remaining nation-states to try to restore world order.

HAWX 2 is presumably one of two Tom Clancy games that Ubisoft brand manager Michael Verheijdt teased had not yet been announced last week. "At the moment I'm working on two Tom Clancy games that are in development," he told Dutch gaming site Control-Online.nl. "[But] if I say anything about that, I'll have to send Sam Fisher after you."

Discussion

107 comments
clawsen3
clawsen3

Still waiting for an Ace Combat for PS3

supy_axel
supy_axel

loved the first one so i'll bet H.A.W.X. 2 will be even better...

RaptorOne3
RaptorOne3

Oh boy, they're at it again with the combat jet airbrake flipping crap again? I thought they would have learned by now that no one enjoyed that childish crap. Except maybe some mindless children... When 80% of the community cries on the forums for more realistic flight physics and options you would think they would respond to that if they want to sell another flight game... LOL. The only thing I think the HAW:X series has going for it is great eye candy. But even that at times is flawed beyond reason... The aircraft manuverability in this game is a joke at best. If you're going to make a game LOOK realistic, at least add some options for those of us who like games to LOOK AND PLAY realistically so that we can enjoy it too... I have to agree with the majority here. They REALLY need to steer clear from that "unassissted" flying/stalling and flipping crap. All it takes is OPTIONS... Just give us the OPTION to disable all that silly arcade crap if we don't want to play like that. Give us the option to play the game with realistic load outs and weapon limits. I think if they did that then this game would literally FLY off the shelves! :D

emkplayboy6
emkplayboy6

I liked the 1st game so will most likely buy the 2nd! Can't wait :)

SDSkarface
SDSkarface

The original hawx got mediocre reviews did this thing actually sell enough copies to warrant a sequel? incredible.

TheGreyArea
TheGreyArea

I did actually expect there'd be a sequel, at the time of discovering "Future Soldier"'s imminent release. I expect there'll be another heavy tie-in (now THAT would be an interesting twist! Mutliplayer battles of both games on one map :) ), I'll be buying this. BUT, I would ask that the A10 be shown more respect, and have a few missions more specifically suited to it's role... a little deeper focus on the real sound, effect and use of that war-changing, stale-mate ending, hell raining belch of death from above.

admund
admund

Hope the ground below looks as good as the sky =.= HAWX seriously abandoned that aspect.

kevorksalloum
kevorksalloum

Can't wait. this game will be one of the greatest games ever

bignick217
bignick217

@Darth-DuMas I agree on all your points. And I did notice that with the F-117 as well. They didn't even make the bay doors open on the F-22 either. Something that was even done in AC4 over a decade ago. Very lazy. I agree that that manuever would be impossible at speed. The stress on the plane would tear the wings off. And the G's imposed on the pilot would knock him/her unconscious. Although it may be possible to achieve a similar manuever as part of an intentional vertical stall manuever, but it would take one hell of a pilot to pull it off. I also didn't like the multiplayer modes. The only multiplayer modes I liked were realistic missile load outs (once you run out of missiles it good old fashioned guns only dog fighting.), and I liked the guns only (no missiles at all) dog fighting battles. That's when it became more about skills rather than how quickly you can lock and launch your "special" missiles die, reload and do it again. HAWX 2 is going to have to make major impovements in order to get me interested. And lose the whole flying through boxes crap.

Darth_DuMas
Darth_DuMas

bignick217, neogeta8, do you mean in that video, what makes it worse is that was the F-35, both times. The F-35 doesn't even have combat vector thrusting either. It supposed to perform as well (maybe slightly better) than an F-16, so yeah those manuavers aren't happening at any speed. Also did anyone else notice when playing the weopons bays on the stealthed fighters don't even open. How lazy, when it was done in AC 6 years before. About the unstable air crafts, pretty much all the delta wing fighters would drop out of the sky as well without computer assistance. I just thought this game was lazy to a point that I can't get excited about Hawx 2, it's more than a few tweaks that need to happen. I also don't like the plane models much and I can't put my finger on why. I remember seeing an interview and this dev said it had realistic physics, not even close, I think Pilot Wing 64 had more realistic physics than this (unfortunately i'm only half joking with that).

FalcoMercenary
FalcoMercenary

it would be nice that hawx 2 has a split screen co-op

deathcon4
deathcon4

I'm not going to be too happy if the other Tom Clancy title is NOT a Rainbow game. HAWX was a complete failure compared with Ace Combat. The jets looked more like a child playing with fighter-models. I had hoped it would go Rainbow 6 and another new title but there is still a chance for a Rainbow game I suppose.

bignick217
bignick217

No... neogeta8 is right... An F-22 is not capable of pulling off that manuever at that speed. No plane is... It would tear the wings off the plane. Not only that, but the pilot would probably black out or red out (not sure which) in the process. That was one of my biggest complaints about HAWX. They take the time to explain to you that planes these are intentionally built with aerodynamically unstable airframe designs, because that instability allows planes to perform manuevers that are not possible with aerodynamically stable air frame designs. It's the onboard computers that not only keep the plane in the air, but allow these manuevers to be achieved safely. And then take it to the extent off turning off "assistance" and with in game "assistance off" manuevers being even beyond that of their real life counterparts. Worst of all, you play "assistance off" mode in third person. That was my biggest gripe. I'm sorry if this offends, but while I don't always like my flight combat games to be 100% accurate to real life (such as I like having more missiles for longer, better missions), I just thought HAWX took the perposterous one step too far in HAWX. Example of computer control in unstable planes the F-117 Nighthawk aka stealth fighter. That plane's design is so unstable that it is physically impossible for a human to fly it without computer assistance. The computer on that plane has to make thousands of adjustments a second just to keep that plane in the air. But that plane was more for stealth that manueverability. But other planes such as the F-22, F-35 and a couple migs used similar concepts. I think one of the first planes to use unstable designs too improve manueverability was the P-51 Mustang (although without computer assistance.).

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

All that time/energy/recource could have been better utilised by making a new R6 instead.

neogeta8
neogeta8

No way(!) could an F-22 move like that. Fail!

prioritymail
prioritymail

I like the direction of the first game. Hopefully they tone down the firepower of the planes (they held way too many rockets!)

Muteki_X
Muteki_X

@FX102 Right on. I'm sure you were just as disappointed as I was when you went to jump into your F-15E and noticed it was the exact same model they used for the F-15C. WTF

FX102
FX102

Being a flightsim (both realistic & arcade) fanatic I'll be buying this I only ask for 4 things: 1) More variety in missions 2) Ending mission not a huge anticlimax 3) Aircraft Names actually match what they are (do some research this time) 4) That the F/A-18 models don't look like they were designed by Fisher Price!

Fumanchu2
Fumanchu2

HAWX was an AC game with a worse story and all the aircraft flew the same. I doubt I'll be getting #2.

ZedFragg
ZedFragg

The first game presented amusement for a short time (Literally) and although presented a fair amout of amusement at first glance I'm a flight sim'er, I like my FSX/Xplane/IL etc. I hated the handbrake turns mid air and the third person aspect. I played through the entire first game with my brother on co-op and it was less than 6 hours of gameplay, even less than Splinter Cell: Conviction (completed that in 1 sitting as well. So...Ditch the gimmicks, make the missions interesting without that crappy "Stealth bomber that can only fly through pretty green square" rubbish and give us bombs...And a LOT more missions to drop said bombs on. Although this IS Ubisoft so don't expect anything special.

gurisinhodotio
gurisinhodotio

I played the first one and its pretty awesome but for this I'll beg for some improvements.

coaltango
coaltango

actually at first game thru the game felt it was awful. but after getting a hang of the controls this game is awesome. I hope the new part is DX 11

Darth_DuMas
Darth_DuMas

IDK, I thought the first wasn't that good, pales in comparison to AC 6. What is the point of 50 aircrafts that all feel the same. Linear missions compared with the huge open multi mission maps of AC 6. No feeling of speed because you already fly at mach 1. A dumb experience point system for unlocking aircrafts and weopons. Its a bit like hardcore RPG grinding. Seriously to lvl up 25 and over just takes ages. Didn't enjoy the 3rd person remote controlled aircraft thing, it was weird. The Air physics just feel non existant compared to AC 6, if you turn upside down you just keep going straight instead of drifting downwards. I hope they do better with Hawx 2, but i'm not gonna hold my breath. I'm sorry but AC 6 just dominates it, I can't believe GS scored HAWX so close to it.

Muteki_X
Muteki_X

WHOO-HOO! Alright, let's kick the tires and light the fires!

AnelZukic
AnelZukic

I had fun with the first one, so I will probably buy this one also :)

shinigami50
shinigami50

Awsome. I'll be looking forward to this game.

Adema83
Adema83

@RonTorque The first one is not bad but it still has allot of silly little bugs like the Harrier having a sonic boom just before reaching max speed even tho it's a sub-sonic jet to name just one.. Hopefully they do a better job with this one, oh and hopefully the multiplayer works this time around..

RonTorque
RonTorque

I havent played the first although i heard it's great.

zeifel
zeifel

A decent attempt to fill in the gap left by Namco's Ace Combat, but I suppose nothing more. To me, HAWX brings something different than AC, but it's not necessarily fresher or more innovative.

Sins-of-Mosin
Sins-of-Mosin

Really? They showed off the game as close air support in trailers then it just turned into a normal arcade fighter with just a couple instances of close air support. The missions were generic and boring. They have a lot of improving to do.

tamodster
tamodster

HAWX really a good Aerial combat game m looking forward on this one and P.S. pls in HAWX2 pls add landing and take off sequences for more fun and exciting experience

jonmar
jonmar

Isn't the other Tom Clancy game that new Ghost Recon that's being made?

JohnSamy
JohnSamy

Please no more weird assist mode off camera or at least give the option to choose.

Lov3IsPAiN
Lov3IsPAiN

Great news . Exactly like I want :-) . Now the next Tom Clancy game has to be a new Rainbow Six . Now Ubi just have to get rid of theyr **** DRM and it will be perfect.

TheClown24
TheClown24

Well the first one wasn't exactly special but it was a good game, and on the pc atm we don't really have an alternative so I will probably pick it up

Richmaester6907
Richmaester6907

Liked the first so I would most likely pick this up :D

plasma123x
plasma123x

Well at least it won't have pathetic crap like anime skins and stupid movies that have no connection with flying, like other flight games i might think of.

Rocker128
Rocker128

HAWX2 doesn't matter to me when there is DRM

punkpunker
punkpunker

make sure you use an authentic model instead a rehash of the same aircraft with different paint and name like the f-15 and the request to make the unassisted mode with in-cockpit view

Devilish102
Devilish102

I don't enjoy flight action game. So i will not buy this game.

ThAdEa82
ThAdEa82

The single player sucked and the multi got old quickly.

tarugista
tarugista

Just give us the new "RAINBOW SIX!!!!"""

N64ever
N64ever

I'm so glad it will be coming to Wii!

ExtremePhobia
ExtremePhobia

I'm pretty sure the only thing I read in that entire article was "Do a barrel roll!"

famoussasjohn
famoussasjohn

game looked amazing, shame I sucked at it lol.

rick21_wlr
rick21_wlr

great aerial combat game..I will buy this..