Tom Clancy has unfortunately not been with us for several years, but his name lives on, attached to the kinds of video games that jive pretty well with the kinds of books he made famous. Another one, Tom Clancy’s ShadowBreak, was recently revealed by Ubisoft and is headed to iOS and Android later this year.
The gameplay for ShadowBreak is described as ” real-time multiplayer sniper shooter that features fast-paced action, tactical decision-making, international arenas and real-world weapons.” Real-time PvP is perhaps the biggest selling point, and it sounds as if you may control one soldier and deploy others to help achieve your objectives.
That feeling gets even stronger when you consider that Ubisoft mentions deck combinations, so there are undoubtedly cards in the mix too. Both troops and weapons sound like they can be upgraded and swapped out for plenty of strategic options.
The announcement trailer, while lovely, doesn’t reveal much on the gameplay front.
As for the setting, to the press release we go!
True to the series’ DNA, Tom Clancy’s ShadowBreak imagines a near-future scenario where disparate criminal and radical factions, known as Shadow Nations, pose a new threat to global stability. Seizing the territory of sovereign countries through a coordinated series of attacks, these Shadow Nations have taken entire populations hostage overnight. To combat this sudden threat, elite marksmen trained in unorthodox warfare and counter-insurgency are granted command of a squad of disavowed military specialists, an initiative now known as ShadowBreak.
Thanks for that, Ubisoft, because otherwise, we might have suspected that a “ShadowBreak” was a fighting game counter or some kind of JRPG move. Glad that’s all cleared up.
In any case, the first Tom Clancy game franchise designed specifically for mobile is definitely something we’ll be keeping our eyes on, and in the meantime, you’ll want to brush up on your sniper skills, since it seems like you’ll be needing them.