PS3-Exclusive Starhawk Mixes Firefly With Multiplayer Craziness

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PS3-Exclusive Starhawk Mixes Firefly With Multiplayer Craziness

Newly announced PlayStation 3-exclusive Starhawk combines a Firefly-like universe with the varied, fast-paced action of Warhawk.

For a while now, the name Starhawk has been mentioned in rumors as a probable followup to multiplayer third-person shooter Warhawk. These rumors have turned out to be true, as Sony has unveiled the game as a PlayStation 3-exclusive from Warhawk developer Lightbox Interactive. Starhawk looks to take the varied multiplayer formula laid out in Warhawk and expand upon it with single-player missions, a storyline in a brand new universe, and a customizable gameplay experience through what Lightbox calls "Build & Battle."

Starhawk takes place in the future with humanity colonizing its way through space, but it's more Firefly than Star Trek. As humans began to colonize an area called the Frontier, they discovered an incredibly potent resource called Rift. A space-age gold rush sprung up around Rift, but the resource was much more dangerous than anticipated. People became infected by its energy in both body and mind, eventually forming a group called the Outcast that now attempts to violently stop "Rifters" from mining any further.

The game's single-player storyline, an aspect not present in Warhawk, focuses on a man named Emmett Graves. Graves once had his own Rift claim that was attacked by an Outcast warband, exposing Graves to the deadly Rift energy. Luckily, Graves' partner Sydney Cutter observed the attack from the atmosphere and was able to save him from becoming an Outcast with a painful regulator device implanted into Graves' spine. Graves now bears the mark of the Outcast, but has his mind intact, allowing him to become a protector of Rift claims and human colonies. Due to the mark, he plays the role of the hero people need, but don't necessarily want.

Gameplay-wise, Lightbox says that Starhawk takes things a step further than Warhawk. Players will still fight on foot, in vehicles, and in the air, but early looks at the game show a more futuristic bent. Graves is seen getting into a pretty sweet mech that can both fight on the ground or morph into an aerial fighter.

Starhawk's Build & Battle system makes things even more interesting, allowing players to customize their offenses and defenses. Build & Battle gives players the ability to build structures such as walls, bases, towers, and turrets, all in a fast-paced environment without any tedious management. Lightbox says this system will make Starhawk's single-player and multiplayer environments like a canvas for combatants to mess around with, enabling unique strategies every time they play.

Starhawk will feature four-player offline and online co-op, multiplayer matches for up to 32 players, and a multiplayer/co-op survival mode, in addition to a "full-fledged single-player story mode with various missions set in a number of diverse interstellar environments." It'll also feature tournaments, leaderboards, clan support, and even a mobile Android app to keep track of friends and stats when offline.

Starhawk will be released on the PS3 in 2012.

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Looks more like Borderlands than Firefly to me, but still
Shiny!

The Build&Battle looks really cool

Anyone else looking forward to this?

This does look like an awesome game, but will the PSN be back up by then?

Warhawk = Awesome

Starhawk = Looking Epic

SpcyhknBC:
This does look like an awesome game, but will the PSN be back up by then?

I certinly hope so by 2012!

Tom Goldman:
Gameplay-wise, Lightbox says that Starhawk takes things a step further than Warhawk. Players will still fight on foot, in vehicles, and in the air, but early looks at the game show a more futuristic bent.

As opposed to the jetpacks in Warhawk ;)

Looks great! Can't wait =)

another reason i want a PS3. too bad i have no money

Gads...Hurry up with the PSN Sony! >_<

Hmmmm, a very interesting premise in this game.

I loved Warhawk, it gave me many, many hours of irritation filled fun, mostly on the ground because I couldn't dogfight for shit.

Be keeping an eye on this one.

If properly executed that game looks like it could be awesome, and I'm a person that usually can't stand online multiplayer.

So, I guess it's another game where we're expected to shell out 50 € for generic multiplayer and a 4-hour campaign.

Anyway, why not make a Firefly game? There's enough in that which could translate well into a game.

HankMan:
Looks more like Borderlands than Firefly to me, but still
Shiny!

Not nearly as good as your other ones...

Anyways, I missed out on warhawk, so I sure as hell dont want to miss out on this one.

With the mention of Firefly I was ready to come in here and start ripping it apart, but this universe is hardly Firefly-ish; seems more like Borderlands with a mix of Mech Warrior.

I haven't even heard of this game, which is kind of odd, considering that there isn't a single thing in that video that I don't like. A mix of RTS, TPS, and a flight game all in one? Sounds good to me, now to see if it delivers.

Frank_Sinatra_:
With the mention of Firefly I was ready to come in here and start ripping it apart, but this universe is hardly Firefly-ish; seems more like Borderlands with a mix of Mech Warrior.

yeh, i was thinking, what? Sci fi = Firefly? Kind of a shitty comparison.

Never heard of Warhawk before but this looks amazing!!! I need to start saving up for a PS3.

Could it be? A game about imperialism and exploitation that doesn't feature the "eevul capitalists" as the bad guys? Be still my beating heart...

WanderingFool:

HankMan:
Looks more like Borderlands than Firefly to me, but still
Shiny!

Not nearly as good as your other ones...

Actually I was just making a straight-up observation. There was a joke in there somewhere?

HankMan:

WanderingFool:

HankMan:
Looks more like Borderlands than Firefly to me, but still
Shiny!

Not nearly as good as your other ones...

Actually I was just making a straight-up observation. There was a joke in there somewhere?

*Reads previous post again*

See, this is what happens when almost every post I read of yours is a pun. I start seeing them in every one of your posts...

WanderingFool:

HankMan:

WanderingFool:

Not nearly as good as your other ones...

Actually I was just making a straight-up observation. There was a joke in there somewhere?

*Reads previous post again*

See, this is what happens when almost every post I read of yours is a pun. I start seeing them in every one of your posts...

Now I don't even have to try to be funny. I'll just type nonsense words and people will laugh at it. Hooray!
BTW: What did you think of my joke for ZP's review of Castlevania?

There is nothing firefly-ish about this except for the mid-west thing they have going on with the "frontier".

Anyway, when I first heard him talk about how the Rift Energy can change people, I immediately thought this could be some sort of Dead-Space/Bioshock like setup with plenty of insane people running around doing... insane things (>.>), their minds addled by this Rift stuff, however it seems they decided instead to send the game on a path of boring mediocrity with the whole "he's an outcast but not actually an outcast so he's rejected from society".
I'd honestly prefer it if it took a line more like Avatar where he comes to embrace some mental "ZOMG TEH RIFTS" faction of his own accord, but instead, he's just generic videogame badass no.4003.

The whole thing looks fairly shoddy, the Outcasts look ridiculous, the building-drop thing looks jarring and uninspired compared to what something like that COULD be (thinking about it in comparison to Red Faction, that building thing could be really good if done right) and generally the whole package looks a bit poo.

PS Isn't Warhawk supposed to be about dogfighting? like, in the air?

W/e...

"warhawk was loved around the world by all of our fans"
when i hear something like this i cringe

Reminds me of Battlezone, god I loved that game.

Thanks, Warhawk guys. You do really great work. I'm looking forward to this.

But, and this is an open letter to any development house trafficking in flight or vehicle combat sims of nearly any water, if you're going to do anything space-flight themed, please just go eat LucasArt's lunch and shamelessly rip off X-Wing and Tie-Fighter, any way you can. You will make a mint, or at least my $60-120, and hopefully steal fire from the stupid blind jealous senile old gods who constantly keep it to themselves. Or something. Mainly, I just wish I could play X-Wing/Tie Fighter again, on anything.

Look at Freelancer (Privateer). My work here should be done.

Sigh.

Link XL1:
"warhawk was loved around the world by all of our fans"
when i hear something like this i cringe

Which part bothers you? The tautology?

1) Joy... another BROWN shooter.

2) Buildings falling from the sky looks silly.

3) So basically, they're turning everyone into an engineer?

4) Who else thinks the multiplayer will devolve into:

NEED A HOSPITAL HERE! NEED A HOSPITAL HERE! NEED A HOSPITAL HERE! NEED A HOSPITAL HERE! NEED A HOSPITAL HERE! NEED A HOSPITAL HERE! NEED A HOSPITAL HERE! NEED A HOSPITAL HERE! NEED A HOSPITAL HERE! NEED A HOSPITAL HERE! NEED A HOSPITAL HERE! NEED A HOSPITAL HERE! NEED A HOSPITAL HERE! NEED A HOSPITAL HERE! NEED A HOSPITAL HERE!

So this is basically Warhawk meets Starcraft 2 meets FUCKING TRANSFORMERS?!

HELL YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE-

*head asplodes*

uppitycracker:

Frank_Sinatra_:
With the mention of Firefly I was ready to come in here and start ripping it apart, but this universe is hardly Firefly-ish; seems more like Borderlands with a mix of Mech Warrior.

yeh, i was thinking, what? Sci fi = Firefly? Kind of a shitty comparison.

Huh... so a game about the human race colonizing border planets and having to fight an enemy that is a violently mutated version of themsevles is nothing like Firefly. Alright then.

Damnit Sony! You're doing it again. Wait until E3 for these reveals.

Tom Goldman:

uppitycracker:

Frank_Sinatra_:
With the mention of Firefly I was ready to come in here and start ripping it apart, but this universe is hardly Firefly-ish; seems more like Borderlands with a mix of Mech Warrior.

yeh, i was thinking, what? Sci fi = Firefly? Kind of a shitty comparison.

Huh... so a game about the human race colonizing border planets and having to fight an enemy that is a violently mutated version of themsevles is nothing like Firefly. Alright then.

Dude, that also descrrbes Killzone.

Kinda reminds me of Savage and Savage 2 with the whole "Build and Battle" thing...no wait, it fully reminds me of that. Interesting...

Aku_San:
Anyone else looking forward to this?

I am, I really liked Warhawk, and in fact I still go back to it from time to time with my buddies. Nothing like playing 4 player split screen online and finishing your objective solely because the 4 of you could communicate so easily. Sometimes we had LAN parties and went online and would shout order across the room.

This looks really good, and it's the perfect example of a developer doing everything right in a spiritual successor.

Damn, Starhawk looks really friggin' kickass.

I loved Warhawk during the time I played it. It's multiplayer was great, if frustrating at times since I sucked at dog fighting and it took forever to get into as there was no tutorial.

I like hearing from the guy himself. He really seems enthusiastic about the game, and while the story is probably going to be absolutely nothing special whatsoever, it's nice to see them actually put some sort of effort and thought into their universe. He sounded like they really thought hard about how they wanted to build the character of Emmet. Probably going to be a standard story with no deeper aspects to it, but still.

The "build & battle" system looks really cool, but it could lead to problems mainly in balance. If you can just drop a turret whereverthefuck you want to drop it, it could easily lead to exploits on, say, a hill that nobody can reach that the turret glitched into, or dropping a dozen buildings on your enemies for an easy insta-kill.

Still, color me extremely intrigued.

SaintWaldo:

Link XL1:
"warhawk was loved around the world by all of our fans"
when i hear something like this i cringe

Which part bothers you? The tautology?

no, i mean the fact that he's assuming that people loved his game, and that warhawk was good enough to warrant a sequel.

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