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Author and inspiration for many of gaming's greatest military- and spy-themed games Tom Clancy passed away last night. His publisher has confirmed the news to the New York Times and CNN.
Clancy's first novel, The Hunt for Red October (published in 1984), was turned into a film and a video game in 1990. Our thoughts go out to Mr. Clancy's family and friends.
Update: Ubisoft, publisher of the games bearing Tom Clancy's name, has shared the following statement on its Facebook page.
We are saddened to learn of Tom Clancy’s passing and our condolences go out to his family. Tom Clancy was an extraordinary author with a gift for creating detailed, engrossing fictional stories that captivated audiences around the world.The teams at Ubisoft, especially at the Red Storm studio, are incredibly grateful to have collaborated with and learned from him, and we are humbled by the opportunity to carry on part of his legacy through our properties that bear his name.
[Source: New York Times, CNN]
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Just found about this thirty minutes ago. I'm surprised, saddened, and humbled.
Rest in peace sir. So many things wouldn't have been possible without you
Whatttttttttt?! So well known : /
That sucks, RIP Tom Clancey!! Your name will most likely live on in gaming for a very very long time.
OMG! that was real unexpected new's I thought I wouldn't ever hear for at-least a little while. Man oh Man truly a great legend who will be missed forever. I was a fan of his work
RIP Tom Clancy, thanks for the inspiration that led to some of my favorite games of all time. My condolences to his loved ones..
A great man behind great books and great games. You will be sorely missed. May you rest in piece. My condolences to the family, friends, peers, and those around him.
Rest in Peace you will truely be missed and the Legacy you left behind will never be forgotten.
I had a chance to meet and speak with Clancy at a book signing. Man, what a great conservative mind he will be missed.
the super spy is dead.
Who the *** gave this topic a low rating? Jerks....
Wow. Pretty sad. Definitely knew how to write a good thriller.
The Hunt for Red October was phenomenal. I also enjoy a lot of the games bearing his name. Unfortunately I hear he was a really unpleasant person. Still sucks to hear of his passing.
Damn. This news shocked the hell out of me. Rest in peace, Tom Clancy.
A consumate storyteller, sad news indeed.
Noooo!!! Condolences to his family and friends!
dang. RIP Sir Tom Clancy.
Damn, 66 isn't all that old. A lot of people bash licensed games, but most of the ones that carried his name were pretty solid. RIP, Mr Clancy.
Saddened to hear that he passed. Loved his work. Rest in peace.