Starhawk screenshot
Starhawk screenshot

The freshly announced PS3 exclusive Starhawk will be able to fix bugs and other gameplay issues without having to go through the regular process of bulky updates and lengthy certifications, according to Sony.

Speaking to VideoGamer.com at the game's London reveal earlier this week, SCEA senior producer Harvard Bonin confirmed that "if we feel like, oh boy, the Kinetic rifle feels awfully overpowered - and here's why - then we can make a quick fix, and you won't even know it actually - it'll just be live on our end."

Just how much can Sony change? "Quite a bit," says Bonin, "even to the point that we can change some of the art. We can certainly fix map holes if, somehow, they sneak through."

Normally, if a developer needs to patch a game on the client-side - your console - it's required to go through a lengthy submission process with the console manufacturer, and then the user needs to download the patch to their hard drive.

Bonin thinks server-side patching will be advantageous for Starhawk. "I think that giving us the ability to do that is a gigantic help to us, because we can fix stuff on the fly without having to go through these long times of having to wait."

Sony's Santa Monica Studios and LightBox Interactive have learnt from previous experience with Warhawk. "With Warhawk," says Bonin, "if we wanted to do anything like that we would have to do a patch, submit it, go through this long amount of testing - even if you just wanted to do a very little thing. This time, though? No problem."

Starhawk is the sequel to 2006's multiplayer shooter Warhawk. The sequel adds a full-blown single-player campaign and a new style of play that allows users to construct bases by summoning down units, turrets, and entire buildings.

VideoGamer.com has recently gone hands-on with the game.

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Scabby_Sid's Avatar

Scabby_Sid

Wouldn't you need an online service to play something like this?

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*trolololololol*


Though Warhawk does seem like one of the few exclusives worth playing (Though I wouldn't mind watching MGS4), and I did enjoy it when I played it at a friend's, making it in space is one of the few ways to improve it (apart from porting it to PC, cos, you know. Shooters on console is kind of a bad.)
Posted 11:56 on 13 May 2011
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Wido

I'm really looking forward to this as Warhawk was a bundle of joy! I even gave the game to Ghost for free, because the game is that very good!
Posted 11:26 on 13 May 2011
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pblive@ mikejosh1978

I, for one, would love an update with better graphics, a better engine and an interesting single player element. Warhawk certainly didn't get the attention it deserved.

You're obviously confusing the words 'no Warhawk player' with 'I'
Posted 11:01 on 13 May 2011
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mikejosh1978

Sounds like the sequel no Warhawk player wanted and a ame confused a s to who it wants to appeal to .
Posted 10:49 on 13 May 2011

Game Stats

Release Date: 11/05/2012
Developer: LightBox Interactive
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
Genre: Action
No. Players: 1-32
Rating: PEGI 16+
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