H.A.W.X. 2 Details Here! WOOOO!
Man, Tom Clancy’s H.A.W.X. has got to be one of the more underappreciated games of this generation, right up there with Kane and Lynch. That being said, I’m might be the only person looking forward to H.A.W.X 2, and if that’s the case, I’m honored that Ubisoft is putting together a game just for me.
Anywho, the game was actually announced a few weeks back, but now Ubisoft has for real released some details. And screenshots. Hit the gallery for those or just keep reading. So what are the big, new features? The ability to take off and land your plane! Refueling in the air! UAVs! OK, so that last one sounds pretty cool.
The game is planned for release late this year on the 360, PS3, Wii and PC. Included in our digital package is a Q&A with the game’s content director, Bogdan Bridinel and its producer, Emil Gheorghe. Hit the jump for the highlights.
What is the storyline and how does it unfold? What is the setting and when does it happen?
The storyline in HAWX 2 starts in the Middle East, in the near future. The HAWX squadron is deployed in the Middle East, where insurgent activity is showing a rise both in the level of activity and in the violence of it. With new insurgent leaders rising in several hotspots of the world and a number of nuclear weapons belonging to Russia being mysteriously stolen, a storm is brewing and the HAWX are sent to the center of it. As the story unfolds, the HAWX will have to discover the source of the new threats and fight this dangerous new adversary. The HAWX will not be alone this time and the story will also show missions of a British naval pilot and of a Russian pilot, all of them caught up in the same complex web of conspiracies and conflicts. You will also be able to catch a glimpse of other familiar characters, as the events in HAWX 2 and all other Tom Clancy games take place in the same universe.
Can you tell us a bit about the main characters?
The player will be swapping between three groups, one American, one British and one Russian, each with its own pilots, its own cast of supporting characters and its own dramatic questions.
What kind of aircraft we can fly?
HAWX 2 features a very strong selection of aircraft including several new additions. Expect to fly the top aircraft available in the following years worldwide including F-22 Raptor, F-35 Lightning II, Su-37 Terminator, Eurofighter Typhoon, Rafale. You will also be able to fly some of the most iconic older generation aircraft, like the F-117 Nighthawk or the legendary F-14A Tomcat. Apart from that, the AC-130U Spooky and the new UAVs will be playable, each providing a specific gameplay experience.
Can you give some details about the new weapons and capabilities in HAWX 2?
The main new addition to the player’s arsenal is the inclusion of precision weapons, which allow him to aim and designate the location of the strike with perfect accuracy. There are several such weapons, including a missile that the player can control while in flight.
Are there drones or UAV’s in HAWX 2? What role do they play?
Yes, unmanned aerial vehicles are in and they play an important role. Using an UAV, you will be able to spy on enemies without being detected, listen in on their conversations and gather important information. Some of this information can be surprising, pushing the story in a new direction. Armed UAVs will also be featured, offering their ground attack capabilities in some missions.