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Tom Clancy the Bestselling Author & Mind Behind Prized Games has Died

Acclaimed thriller novelist and the author of best-selling Jack Ryan series, Tom Clancy aged 66 passed away last night at a Baltimore hospital. The news comes to great grief for booklovers and gamers alike as apart from multiple famed books, he was also the mind behind the storyline of the Tom Clancy series of games.

Originally, a broker by profession, he turned to writing and later founded a video game development house named Red Storm Entertainment. Many of his books were converted into games apart from numerous original games. He leaves his legacy in games like Ghost Recon and Splinter Cell.

Though his development studio was later purchased by Ubisoft, the series was kept alive under his name as we all know. The latest game released in the Tom Clancy’s series was Splinter Cell: Blacklist while another, much awaited next-gen title Tom Clancy’s The Division is still in the making.

Ubisoft the publisher that carried his name in the gaming industry has commiserated his death through their Facebook page stating:

Tom Clancy was an extraordinary author with a gift for creating detailed, engrossing fictional stories that captivated audiences around the world.” And they added “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.

Apart from being gaming world fame, he made it to the motion entertainment industry with film versions of Patriot Games, Clear and Present Danger and The Sum of All Fears. Jack Ryan: Shadow One is an upcoming movie based on his novel that will be released in October.

Tom Clancy and his innovatory ideas of stealth based stories will be missed and loved for a long time to come; we present our utmost condolences to the family of the deceased.

Source: BBC News