Like a radiation-fed Russian fungus, the Tom Clancy series of games continues to grow, mostly recently with the addition of the Tom Clancy Air Combat franchise.

The latest addition to the Tom Clancy behemoth is being developed by Ubisoft Bucharest, with the first release in the series slated for a 2008 launch on PCs and next-gen consoles. The game is set in the near future during an attack on the U.S. by a private military force, putting players in the cockpits of highly advanced fighters. User-selectable “piloting assistance” will give gamers “comfort, security and enhanced perception” during this desperate struggle for survival, but other details about individual titles in the new franchise have not been released.

Ubisoft has an unrivalled track record of creating and sustaining new brands,” said Ubisoft Chief Creative Officer Serge Hascoet, describing the latest addition to the 11-year-old series of Tom Clancy games. “Our commitment to refreshing our catalog with regular introduction of new IPs is what keeps gamers coming back for more. With this new brand we’re redefining the aerial combat genre and extending the Tom Clancy universe to deliver a compelling new action titles to next-generation gamers.”

Sebastien Delen of Ubisoft Bucharest added, “We are confident that this new brand will become the new benchmark for flight combat games and will be, like other Tom Clancy-based games, and instant online multiplayer hit. The player will experience all the action and excitement of modern air combat, from intense dogfighting to tactical strikes.”

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