Tom Clancy also a force in video games
Tom Clancy's action-packed novels inspired not just films but dozens of video games.
Clancy, whose high-tech, Cold War thriller novels made him the most widely read and influential military novelist of his time, died Tuesday in Baltimore. He was 66,
The author's role in games began in the 1980s with classic interactive renditions of The Hunt For Red October and Red Storm Rising.
Clancy launched his own video game studio, Red Storm Entertainment, in 1996. Ubisoft Entertainment SA, which acquired the studio in 2000, continues to publish such gaming franchises adorned with his name as Ghost Recon, Rainbow Six and Splinter Cell.
He's also associated with the upcoming next-generation title The Division.
"We are saddened to learn of Tom Clancy's passing and our condolences go out to his family," Ubisoft said in a statement.
"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."
Clancy's games have sold over 76 million copies worldwide. A list of some of the Clancy video titles, which span multiple platforms.
TOM CLANCY'S VIDEO GAME BIO
Rainbow Six, 1998.
Rainbow Six: Rogue Spear, 1999.
Ghost Recon, 2001.
Ghost Recon: Desert Siege, 2002.
Ghost Recon: Island Thunder, 2002.
Splinter Cell, 2002.
Rainbow Six 3, 2003.
Rainbow Six 3: Raven Shield, 2003.
Ghost Recon 2, 2004.
Ghost Recon: Jungle Storm, 2004.
Rainbow Six 3: Athena Sword, 2004.
Rainbow Six 3: Black Arrow, 2004.
Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow, 2004.
Ghost Recon 2: Summit Strike, 2005.
Rainbow Six: Lockdown, 2005.
Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory, 2005.
Splinter Cell: Double Agent, 2006.
Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter, 2006.
Rainbow Six: Critical Hour, 2006.
Rainbow Six: Vegas, 2006.
Splinter Cell: Essentials, 2006.
Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter 2, 2007.
Rainbow Six: Vegas 2, 2008.
Ghost Recon: Predator, 2010.
H.A.W.X. 2, 2010.
Splinter Cell: Conviction, 2010.
Ghost Recon: Shadow Wars, 2011.
Ghost Recon: Alpha, 2012.
Ghost Recon: Future Soldier, 2012.
Ghost Recon Online, 2012.
Splinter Cell: Blacklist, 2013.
Rainbow 6: Patriots, to be released in 2014.
The Division, to be released 2014.