Sony have just teased Starhawk, and rather decent it sounds too, offering an evolution of the Warhawk multiplayer formula and with a single-player campaign to boot (something Warhawk never had).
Set in the distant future out in the far reaches of space, two factions of humanity, the Rifters and the Outcasts are fighting it out over Rift Energy — something that’s already mutated the Outcast into psychotic monsters so small wonder both sides want it, right?
For the single player expect to fill the shoes of Emmett Graves, a hired gunslinger ostracised from society due to his own exposure to Rift Energy, leaving him partially mutated but still able to retain his humanity. In a plot that’s hopefully less over blown than Killzone’s, ”Graves will be drawn back to his home settlement of White Sands on the planet Dust to face a mysterious outlaw and his band of Outcast warriors to only find out that this assignment may mean more to him than he could ever imagine.” Oh the drama!
Expect the usual tonne of weaponry and vehicles to be available to you and better still the pretty great sounding “Build & Battle system” which lets players alter the on screen action by giving them a selection of base structures at their disposal in the midst of the fight. ”By the touch of a button players can deploy a number of buildings, vehicles, or fire power to strategically complete mission objectives and defeat enemies,” says the press release.
Of course what Starhawk fans will care more about is the multiplayer side of things, here’s what we know so far:
- 32 player matches
- Four player online and offline co-operative play
- Split-screen gameplay within multiplayer and co-op modes against an endless attack of enemies
- An online community features that allows players to be always connected, all the time
We’re presuming PSN will be fixed by 2012 then!
Oh and check out the video of the LightBox developers “hard” at work – doesn’t tell you anything about the game but sure looks a decent place to work:
Starhawk Dev Diary from Games Catalyst on Vimeo.