Scene group SKIDROW have managed to released a working copy of  Tom Clancy’s H.A.W.X. right on the game’s official North American release date. One of the more interesting things about this release is that H.A.W.X does not come with any sort of DRM or other copy protection measures embedded. This has perhaps made things easier for SKIDROW, a group that usually releases low budget PC titles (mind you they topped game scene charts in January 2009).

H.A.W.X cover

This is the third major PC title by UBISOFT to be released without anti piracy measures in the past few months (first two being Prince of Persia (2008) and Tom Clancy’s Endwar). Anyway the game has leaked all the same with SKIDROW releasing a full DVD ISO (6.1GB) which can be used by pirates to play the game. SKIDROW’s release has already made its way onto private torrent trackers-

[ Tom.Clancys.H.A.W.X-SKIDROW ] [ Uploaded first @ RBy 8m 5s after pre, followed by [BH, PTM, TL, ThB, ACE, CT, TGB, SCL] ]

Source: Torrent-Racers IRC Channel

H.A.W.X. (High Altitude Warfare eXperimental squadron) is an interesting looking title which focuses on aerial combat – something we haven’t seen before in a Tom Clancy game. The game has so far scored a respectable aggregate review score of 76% on GameRankings. 

Minimum System Requirements

  • OS: Windows XP SP 3/Vista SP 1
  • Processor: Pentium 4 @ 2 GHz/AMD Athlon 2000+
  • Memory:1 GB on Windows XP/ 2 GB on Windows Vista
  • Hard Drive: 7 GB Free
  • Video Memory: 128 MB - Shader Model 2.0*
  • Sound Card: DirectX Compatible
  • DirectX: 9.0c or 10
  • Keyboard & Mouse
  • DVD Rom Drive


  1. Charlie // 3/18/2009 03:34:00 AM  

    Another one up for SkidRow! They are having an awesome run atm, alongside Razor1911. And no DRM? That strikes me as being a tad strange...

  2. TEAM FILEnetworks // 3/18/2009 06:57:00 AM  

    This is the 3rd time UBISOFT have done it since last December. Not sure what they are trying to do. maybe they are trying to debunk the argument 'DRM causes people to pirate'.

    Anyway no DRM is always good for the end user.

  3. Saffarini // 3/18/2009 11:50:00 AM  

    Yep, UbiSoft have officially gave up on DRM, its all going to be cracked anyway, they'll just waste money putting useless SeCuROM protection.