Ubisoft: Obama NOT Aboard Air Force One in HAWX

Players needn’t worry that their lack of aerial combat skills will get a fictional version of President Barack Obama shot down in the upcoming HAWX.

According to MTV Multiplayer’s Patrick Klepek, HAWX publisher Ubisoft maintains that the real-world Prez isn’t depicted in the game:

While checking “HAWX” a few weeks ago, the group of journalists I was playing with routinely failed to defend Air Force One. Boom! There’s another failed mission, resulting in a successful attack (again) on the virtual President.

After the inauguration of Barack Obama, I started thinking about what President I was defending during “HAWX.” With our first African-American President now in the White House, would Ubisoft try something different with its representation of a video game President?

My question was far more interesting than the answer, unfortunately. A Ubisoft representative told me the President is not a character in “HAWX” and is merely referenced as “the President” during the game. Oh well.

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14 comments

  1. Freyar says:

    It’s a safe method to deal with the issue, especially if he isn’t a main character (in a literary sense) in the story.

    —- There is a limit for both politicians against video games, and video games against politicians. http://www.goteamretard.com

  2. Frank says:

    "With our first African-American President now in the White House, would Ubisoft try something different with its representation of a video game President?"

    The bit about him being african american has nothing to do with any of this.  Hate people who make a big deal out of the color of his skin.

  3. -Jes- says:

    Not that I know of.

    The prez during the first Rainbow games, curiously enough, is Jack Ryan – the protagonist of many of his earlier books.

  4. SeanB says:

    That’s probably the safest decision. As soon as you put a (real) name on him you

    1) Date the game, which puts it out of date very soon

    2) give people something to complan about, wether the person wins or looses.

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