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Tom Clancy's
Tom Clancy's logo.jpg
Current logo of the Tom Clancy's franchise since 2010 (taken from Splinter Cell Blacklist)
Developer(s)Red Storm Entertainment
Ubisoft Montreal
Ubisoft Paris
Ubisoft Milan
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Gameloft
Massive Entertainment
Ubisoft Reflections
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Darkworks
Oxford Digital Enterprises Ltd.
MicroProse
Images Software Ltd.
Beam Software
Clancy Interactive Entertainment
Kama Digital Entertainment
Grin
Virtuos
High Voltage Software
Next Level Games
Capstone Software
Publisher(s)Red Storm Entertainment
Ubisoft
Gameloft
Argus Press Software Ltd
MicroProse
Grandslam Interactive Ltd.
Hi-Tech Expressions, Inc.
Simon & Schuster Interactive
IntraCorp
Platform(s)Amiga, Apple II, Apple IIgs, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, ZX Spectrum, MSX, Commodore 64, PC-98, Amstrad CPC, Game Boy, NES, SNES, Microsoft Windows, GameCube, Game Boy Advance, PlayStation 2, Nintendo 64, PlayStation, Mac OS, Game Boy Color, Sega Dreamcast, PlayStation Network, mobile phones, N-Gage, Xbox, PlayStation Portable, Nintendo DS, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, iOS, Xperia Play, Android, Bada, Wii, Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Wii U, BlackBerry PlayBook, Palm Pre, Symbian

Tom Clancy's is a branding used by video game company Ubisoft for video games, some of which feature the works of American author Tom Clancy, while a majority of the games are unrelated to Clancy's work. The various sub-series are unrelated to each other, although most are shooters in modern or near-future military settings.

History[edit]

In 1996, Clancy co-founded the video game developer Red Storm Entertainment. He has had his name on several of Red Storm's most successful games. Red Storm was later bought by publisher Ubisoft, which continued to use the Clancy name, though the extent of Clancy's actual involvement with creation of the games and development of intellectual properties, if any, was unclear. This game series includes:

  • The Hunt for Red October (1987): Submarine simulation loosely based on the novel of the same name. Produced by Grandslam Entertainment for IBM PC, C64, and Amiga.
  • Red Storm Rising (1988): Submarine sim loosely based on the novel of the same name. Produced by MicroProse for IBM PC, C64, and Amiga.
  • The Hunt for Red October (1990): Submarine sim based on the movie of the same name. Produced by Grandslam Entertainment for Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, and ZX Spectrum.
  • The Hunt for Red October (1990): Submarine sim based on the movie of the same name. Produced for Nintendo Entertainment System, Game Boy, and Super NES.
  • The Cardinal of the Kremlin (1991): Management simulation based on the novel of the same name. Produced by Capstone Software for Amiga and DOS.
  • SSN (1996): Submarine sim based on the novel of the same name. Produced by Simon & Schuster Interactive for IBM PC.
  • ruthless.com (1998) by Red Storm Entertainment: Strategy game based loosely on the book of the same name.
  • Shadow Watch (2000): Turn-based strategy based on the Power Plays novel of the same name.[1]
  • The Sum of All Fears (2002): Tactical first-person shooter similar in style to Rainbow Six, but based on the Ghost Recon engine. The plot is based on the movie of the same name. Produced by Ubisoft for Microsoft Windows and Nintendo GameCube system.

In 2008, Ubisoft acquired the rights to Clancy's name for video games.[2] All games that were released are connected and set in the same universe.

Games[edit]

Release timeline
1998Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six
1999Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Rogue Spear
2000
2001Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Take-Down - Missions in Korea
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon
2002Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Desert Siege
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Lone Wolf
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Island Thunder
Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell
2003Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six 3: Raven Shield
2004Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Jungle Storm
Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon 2
2005Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Lockdown
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon 2: Summit Strike
2006Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Critical Hour
Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Essentials
Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Double Agent
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Vegas
2007Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2
2008Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Vegas 2
Tom Clancy's EndWar
2009Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X
2010Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Conviction
Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X 2
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Predator
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon (2010)
2011Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Shadow Wars
2012Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Future Soldier
2013Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Blacklist
2014Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Phantoms
Tom Clancy's EndWar Online
2015Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege
2016Tom Clancy's The Division
2017Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands
2018
2019Tom Clancy's The Division 2
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Breakpoint
2020Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Quarantine
Tom Clancy's Elite Squad

Rainbow Six (1998-Present)[edit]

The Rainbow Six series: Squad-based first person tactical shooters, based on the novel of the same name, typically taking place in closed urban environments. 14 Rainbow Six games have been produced so far.

Ghost Recon (2001-Present)[edit]

The Ghost Recon series: Squad-based first-and third-person tactical shooters. Unlike Rainbow Six, Ghost Recon usually takes place in larger, outdoor environments. There have been 15 Ghost Recon games so far.

Splinter Cell (2002-2013)[edit]

The Splinter Cell series: action-adventure third-person shooter covert-ops stealth games; lately spawned a line of books written by a series of different authors, all writing under the pseudonym David Michaels.

Endwar (2008-2014)[edit]

The EndWar series: Real-time tactics strategic war game; set in a speculative World War III, taking place in 2020.

H.A.W.X. (2009-2010)[edit]

H.A.W.X. series: Combat-based arcade flight video games.

The Division (2016-2019)[edit]

Tom Clancy's The Division is a 2016 online-only action role-playing third-person shooter video game developed by Massive Entertainment and published by Ubisoft, with assistance from Red Storm Entertainment, for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The Division is set in a dystopian New York City in the aftermath of a smallpox pandemic; the player, who is an agent of the titular Strategic Homeland Division, commonly referred to as simply "The Division", is tasked with helping to rebuild the Division's operations in Manhattan, investigating the nature of the outbreak and combating criminal activity in its wake. The Division is structured with elements of role-playing games, as well as collaborative and player versus player online multiplayer.

The game received positive reviews, and was a commercial success, with Ubisoft stating that the game broke the company's record for highest number of first-day sales. Furthermore, one week after the game's release, Ubisoft stated that The Division is the company's bestselling game, and the industry's biggest first-week launch for a new game franchise, generating an estimated amount of $330 million.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ryan, Michael E. (April 12, 2000). "Shadow Watch". Gamespot. Retrieved March 23, 2012.
  2. ^ "Ubisoft buys Tom Clancy's name". CNET. March 20, 2008.
  3. ^ JOE SKREBELS (May 9, 2019). "GHOST RECON BREAKPOINT GAMEPLAY REVEALED, RELEASE DATE ANNOUNCED". Ign. Retrieved May 9, 2019.
  4. ^ Hoggins, Tom (June 15, 2015). "E3 2015: Ubisoft announce Ghost Recon: Wildlands". The Telegraph. Retrieved June 15, 2015.