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Tom Clancy's Double Whammy

Ubisoft is dropping mad geopolitical intrigue today with an EndWar DLC release and a new HAWX trailer.

Ubisoft is clearly getting plenty of mileage out of its ownership of the Tom Clancy name, with updates coming on two of the latest games in the future-military franchise. First up, there's a new DLC pack for EndWar available on Xbox Live Marketplace right now for 300 Microsoft points. The "Faction Elite Pack" will also show up on the PlayStation Network later today for $3.75 in actual money.

The "Faction Elite Pack” DLC will include three new battalions (one per faction) and six new upgrades (two per faction). These new elite battalions include the legendary JSF 15th Special Operations, the Spetsnaz Alpha Brigade, and the Enforcer Corps Battlegroup. The "Faction Elite Pack” will also grant immediate access to six exclusive unit upgrades including Ceramic Armor for the Spetnaz Guard Brigade and Caseless Ammunition for The European Federation's Gunships to name a couple.

Doesn't sound like a ton of new content, but then, the price is certainly nice. Here's shots from that.


There's also a new trailer out for flight-combat sim HAWX. Excuse me, HAWXXXXXXX. I didn't notice the trailer doesn't show any gameplay whatsoever until I'd already dropped it into our compressor, so here's some context for you.

The setting is 2012. As the era of the nation-state draws quickly to a close, the rules of warfare evolve even more rapidly. More and more nations become increasingly dependent on Private Military Firms (PMFs) – elite mercenaries with a lax view of the law. The Reykjavik Accords further legitimize their existence by authorizing their right to serve in every aspect of military operations. There goes the neighborhood…

  


Jet airplanes! HAWX is zooming into stores in March. Brad Shoemaker on Google+
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Posted by Brad
Ubisoft is clearly getting plenty of mileage out of its ownership of the Tom Clancy name, with updates coming on two of the latest games in the future-military franchise. First up, there's a new DLC pack for EndWar available on Xbox Live Marketplace right now for 300 Microsoft points. The "Faction Elite Pack" will also show up on the PlayStation Network later today for $3.75 in actual money.

The "Faction Elite Pack” DLC will include three new battalions (one per faction) and six new upgrades (two per faction). These new elite battalions include the legendary JSF 15th Special Operations, the Spetsnaz Alpha Brigade, and the Enforcer Corps Battlegroup. The "Faction Elite Pack” will also grant immediate access to six exclusive unit upgrades including Ceramic Armor for the Spetnaz Guard Brigade and Caseless Ammunition for The European Federation's Gunships to name a couple.

Doesn't sound like a ton of new content, but then, the price is certainly nice. Here's shots from that.


There's also a new trailer out for flight-combat sim HAWX. Excuse me, HAWXXXXXXX. I didn't notice the trailer doesn't show any gameplay whatsoever until I'd already dropped it into our compressor, so here's some context for you.

The setting is 2012. As the era of the nation-state draws quickly to a close, the rules of warfare evolve even more rapidly. More and more nations become increasingly dependent on Private Military Firms (PMFs) – elite mercenaries with a lax view of the law. The Reykjavik Accords further legitimize their existence by authorizing their right to serve in every aspect of military operations. There goes the neighborhood…

  


Jet airplanes! HAWX is zooming into stores in March.
Posted by End_Boss

And.
Underwhelming.

Posted by OmegaPirate

Gah, shuddup First already!!!!! 

Just got that elite faction pack, love me some endwar, and im interested in HAWX, aint played a flight game in  lonnnnng time
Posted by TekZero
Posted by BiffMcBlumpkin

When Brad said it cost $3.75 in "actual money" he left how much it would cost in Monopoly Money open to speculation.

Posted by KillaMaStA

YES! You can do back flips with jet fighters!

Thats all I want out of HAWX

Posted by McQuinn

I better be able to fly through cities or else it is nothing but a boring sham

Posted by Ghostin
Edited by IncredibleBulk92

Those EndWar packs are rip-offs, their literally just unlock codes, the content is already on the disc.  Also, it takes hours to get enough credits to be able to buy those upgrades.  Things like this should be free in a mainly multiplayer game, buying the advantages is very shady territory.

Oh and what's with HAWX?  Isn't the whole point of Tom Clancy games that their kinda realistic?  Guess what, flying through an explosion, not such a good idea.

Posted by CitizenKane
HAWX sounds like an interesting concept, but I want to see some gameplay first.
Posted by stephengotlost

It would be incredible if all the Tom Clancy games could have crossgame multiplayer where it's a huge battlefield and everyone in the match is playing a different unit depending on which Tom Clancy game they are playing.

Posted by OneEyedNinja7

So is Splinter Cell just kind of tossed aside now?

Posted by Geno

I have never played a Tom Clancy game that I liked. Ghost Recon, Rainbow Six, Splinter Cell - all sucked hard. Hopefully HAWX will do something different besides plodding narrative and poor gameplay.

Posted by makari

Try a somersault!

Posted by Darkstorn

I agree with Geno. Ubisoft needs to move on from the 'military hardware' novels of Tom Clancy. Have you ever tried reading those books? They're incredibly shitty and support use of military force to a disturbing extent.

Posted by Paradigmer

A-Mazing trailer.

Posted by TheTemplar

Hmmm yea I want to know how that translates into gameplay.

Posted by Bellum

HAWX? More like HAX! har har har

Posted by Media_Master

NOT INTERESTED IN HAWX, I'm very tired of military based games...or "the future is still war torn."

Posted by WilliamRLBaker
Darkstorn said:
"I agree with Geno. Ubisoft needs to move on from the 'military hardware' novels of Tom Clancy. Have you ever tried reading those books? They're incredibly shitty and support use of military force to a disturbing extent."
actually they are quite good and sorry to say military force is something that should mainly all ways be used, humans do not have the concept of diplomacy if they did we'd all be living in eutopia right now.