HAWX to use Satellite Imagery

Ubisoft’s upcoming (and ridiculously titled) air combat simulator Tom Clancy’s HAWX will integrate commercial satellite imagery provided by GeoEye’s IKONOS satellite. The two companies announced the joint venture as a way to build hype for the upcoming 2009 release, as well as reassure fans that the game will more than live up to the standards of the Tom Clancy franchise. The GeoEye IKONOS was the world’s first commercial Earth-imaging satellite, designed to provide various clients with high resolution images for various uses ranging from sea and land mapping to weather monitoring and security.

HAWX screenshot

In the announcement, GeoEye VP Mark Brender stated that “With video game graphics becoming more realistic, the use of high-quality photographic ground textures in HAWX adds true photo-realism to the air combat experience.” Additionally, Ubisoft announced that they were working with the U.S. Geological Survey to develop accurate terrains to “underpin” the satellite images with topographical features.

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