Chertsey, England â€“ September 25, 2007 â€“ Ubisoft, one of the worldâ€™s largest video game publishers, announced the creation of a new Tom Clancy franchise being developed by Ubisoftâ€™s Bucharest studio for next generation consoles and PC. The first air combat game taking place in Tom Clancyâ€™s universe, the brand will launch in 2008.
â€œUbisoft has an unrivalled track record of creating and sustaining new brands,â€ said Serge Hascoet, chief creative officer at Ubisoft. â€œOur commitment to refreshing our catalogue with regular introduction of new IPs is what keeps gamers coming back for more. With this new brand weâ€™re redefining the aerial combat genre and extending the Tom Clancy universe to deliver a compelling new action titles to next-generation gamers.â€
Set in the near future, the game imagines a world where a private military force has accumulated such power that it attacks the USA. Thrust into the cockpits of incredibly powerful and technologically advanced jet fighters, gamers will benefit from hi-tech piloting assistance, providing comfort, security and enhanced perception. As players gain skills and confidence, they will be able to shed the assistance. But before choosing performance over security, theyâ€™ll have to weigh the risks carefully.
â€œWe are confident that this new brand will become the new benchmark for flight combat games and will be, like other Tom Clancy based games, an instant online multiplayer hit,â€ says Sebastien Delen, managing director of Ubisoftâ€™s Bucharest studio. â€œThe player will experience all the action and excitement of modern air combat, from intense dog fighting to tactical strikes.â€
Ubisoft is a leading producer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment products worldwide and has grown considerably through a strong and diversified line-up of products and partnerships. Ubisoft has offices in 23 countries and sales in more than 55 countries around the globe. It is committed to delivering high-quality, cutting-edge video game titles to consumers. Ubisoft generated sales of 680 million Euros for the 2006-07 fiscal year. To learn more, please visit www.ubisoftgroup.com.
About Tom Clancy
With more than 80 million books sold, Tom Clancy is arguably the worldâ€™s most recognized author. His works include fiction such as The Hunt for Red October, Clear and Present Danger, The Sum of All Fears, Rainbow Six, Without Remorse and The Teeth of the Tiger. Clancy also writes nonfiction works about weapons and various military units. Four of his books have already been adapted into highly successful feature films.