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Dylan Jobe's Avatar + Posted by Dylan Jobe on Aug 14, 2007 // President, LightBox Interactive

In an effort to try and answer as many questions as I can about Warhawk, I’ve compiled this Q&A. Fair warning, it’s very long, but I know a lot of you guys have questions, so I hope this helps!

Is the headset a limited time kinda thing?
No, not to my knowledge. It’s something that we feel adds a lot of value to the retail version of the game but, to be honest, this is a marketing decision. At the end of the day it will depend on things like the contract with Jabra, Sales, etc. You know, marketing stuff.

Who are the top 100 BETA testers?
Ok, you ready for this? Click, CastleKingSide, Catalytic, Gergination, Aeaas, Merovee, II6FUII-wHaM, Filth_Flannigan, PlayerBeyond, SolidC213, DBWsGreatOne, Taisch, Hakoom, ROYA, ph8al, WillKills_M, tonythetiger1, theONE73, Coryphaeus, XxGRAND-CHAMPxX, Riz09, Canez, Flankhim, ninerfanj343, Jags71, DVSone, IComeInPeace, DRAKE_CHAMBERS, BudLeeOne, Enebreated, csMadMan, RickTheRipper, NoVaPH1R3, G-Man420, Liquided, ArtemisBane, dude23, Kremar, ucigasu, switchitup813, Dangerman, GnuUzir, Laeq, Simi, Hand_Banana, Wunsock, Dubbinenglish, K-X, Yixian1, IRP-OBMAS, inxshambles, Fupa, Pazonal, ethan893, FrozoneUSMC, Pnoiflipnation, DarkArcani, Ace_Martian, Solidsnakejej, RockStarAe, Stiles2417, AbaraiRenji, FayroeFox, AfoBanjo, Slevin_Kelevra, Kman1086, Requiem911, EZCheez, Bulletproof92, Air-Reez, jhop22, Wyji, Cooter203, oneofthosedays, IIHoTsHoTII, Snoits, Laughed, KingZ777, kylegtheassman, TRUEWON415, Takiwara, musashi2036, boondock_saint88, Draicus, TicTak, Riffraff, gunhoo, FT-Cheddar, danthecrazyman, TheWolface, Dman2000000, PriViTePyLe, sonofa2

Does the game have split-screen online?
Yes, 2, 3 and 4-way online and off-line. We also provide a server option that admins can set that controls whether or not players can be connected via split screen and yet another server admin option that controls whether or not split-screen players can be on opposing teams. If you are hosting a competitive game or clan match or something, you may want to make sure that your players aren’t “screen-hunting.” And yes, these options are available if you host your own player, dedicated or ranked dedicated server.

Can multiple PSN accounts be logged-in at the same time during split-screen gameplay?
No. When you engage split-screen, the Warhawk real-time creates a temporary guest account and adds a little circle with a number inside it for which player you are. For example, if you jumped in on my PS3 for split-screen action, I’d be “TheGoatAss” and you would be “(2)TheGoatAss.”

Will there be downloadable content in the future?
The technology behind Warhawk was designed from the ground up with expandability in mind – very “data-drive” for those uber-tech enthusiasts. We have nothing to announce right now, but rest assured that if the player-community wants new content, we’ll be developing it!

Does Warhawk support keyboard or mouse?
Nope, not for game control anyway, just the keyboard for text input and stuff like that.

If I run a Warhawk server on my PS3, is it independent of the SONY servers?
Yes. The only connection that is maintained is for your PSN buddies, incoming messages, stuff like that. As an interesting bit of trivia. The first few days of the public BETA we didn’t have a single SONY server running, but it didn’t matter because there were soooo many players hosting their own servers!

Can you play on your PS3 while you host a game server on the same PS3?
Yes. We call this a “player server.” This mode supports 24-players *and* up to 4-way split.

If I host my own server, how many players can I support?
Short answer is it depends on your connection speed/bandwidth. When you choose to host a game, or set of games, Warhawk first “pings” out to what we call bandwidth servers around the globe (which one you test to depends on which country you live in). Anyhoo, it is at that point we then do a really quick series of bandwidth tests to determine how many players you will be able to handle. We spent quite a bit of time looking at the bandwidth requirements to make sure that the games that you host are not out of your league with regard to the bandwidth needed. We got a lot of comments during the BETA about players that were hosting 24 or 32 player games when they didn’t have the bandwidth to do so. This resulted in pretty crappy game experiences sometimes. Our updated bandwidth requirements should resolve a lot of this and we’ll be monitoring it and changing them if we need to.

Thanks Dylan, but that didn’t really answer the questions. How many players??
Ok, that was a bit of a ramble but it at least lets you know what’s going on behind the scenes. For me at home, I have a standard cable modem with Comcast and I often host 24 player games. If you’re at school (college dorm or something) on a network you’ll probably be hosting up to 32 players, but the net is what the net is and you all know how it can change like the weather. If you have a really bad connection, then you will be hosting eight or 16 players. Sorry, we have to protect the player community from people hosting slow servers that just piss other players off. That said, if you connection is bad, you’ll still be able to *play* in a 24 or 32 player game, just not host one of that capacity.

How many of the maps support 32 players?
All maps. We worked really hard to make sure that the game would support the MAX player count in all levels, not just a subset.

I work for an ISP, can we host a Warhawk Server?
Sure. When you setup the server, you can give it your vendor name and tag it with a server message in case you want to gratuitously promote that “Penetrode’s ISP now features 43% more awesomeness.” There is, of course, a max character length on the server message so please no manifestos.

Does Warhawk support the XMB buddy list?
OMG. Yes, thank you for asking but you didn’t really have to. Of course any “buddy” that you have in the XMB will show up in your “Warhawk Buddy Page.” From there you will see if they are online and what game they are in. We also added a quick join from the buddy list so you can instantly hop into any game your buddy is in. You also have the option of linking directly to the stats server from your buddy list. This way you can always keep tabs on which weapons your friends are using, which maps they play the most, etc.

Does Warhawk support clans?
Yes. You can form a clan, give your clan a prefix tag [4 characters], your clan can have a motto, leader, and yes, the leader must make invites into the clan, you have access to a separate clan mail/message that can be used to coordinate practices or matches, and lastly you can use your clan list just like the XMB buddy list to jump right into their game or retrieve their statistics.

Does the game support more than 1 headset connected to the same console?
No. You can only bind one headset in the XMB and Warhawk uses whichever headset you have active.

If I buy the retail version, do I have to have the Blu-ray in my PS3 to run Warhawk?
Yes. “Reluctant Hero” asked about this Wednesday, but sorry man. But hey, one of the many advantages of the BD is that when you power-up your PS3 you can boot directly into the game.

Can you turn the HUD off?
No, sorry, “MrCamo.”

How is chaff deployed?
“TTP” asked about a conversation that we had at E3 regarding chaff. Right now, you must select Chaff from the WeaponCross and then press L1 to deploy, just like in the BETA. We have toyed around with changes to this, one of which you and I discussed at the show. Nothing has been decided though. I will say this, and this came up during some of our review sessions with the long-lead media, we have greatly enhanced the way missile scrubbing and the aerobatics system works so that chaff is not primarily used for defending yourself when in hover mode. When you are in the air you can now perform your aerobatics more easily than you could in the beta. So, this ends up being the preferred method of defense. Think of chaff as a get out of jail free card, especially when you are hovering in a Warhawk.

Does Warhawk support VoIP channels?
Not exactly. I will say the ‘subscription’ method in Resistance is pretty damn slick, though. What you do get is a per player control as to whether or not the voice is transmitted from that player – think of it as a kind of patch board. If you are the leader of a squad with Bob, Jimmy and Bruce, then you can just patch them in and turn everyone else off. Additionally, let’s say that your buddy Evan is the leader of another squad and you want to be able to talk to him but not the troops in his squad. Then simply patch him in and you’re all set. Hopefully that answers your question “9158.”

Game-wise, what is different between the Blu-ray version and the PSN version?
Gameplay-wise they are identical.

When is Warhawk being released in Europe, Japan, Australia, China, Korea etc?
All I can say is that we have incredibly talented teams in all those territories and they are working very diligently to get Warhawk ready and, ultimately, announce a release date. But I do *really* hope that you guys can understand that announcing the release date in those territories is kind of *their* thing and not mine.

Will a weapon from Resistance:FoM appear in Warhawk?
No. I’m not sure where that rumor started “Lothar,” but while we’re on the topic … the Laark would be a wicked great indirect-fire weapon. The Insomniac guys always have top-shelf weapon design, among other things.

Can you play split-screen on a ranked game?
No, and I know this will be a point of contention, so please hear me out on this. When we first started developing and testing the ranked servers, we *didn’t* block split screen. What we observed is players using a second controller as a remote observer; not really playing but rather just kind of cheating the system. This allowed them to know where more of the enemies were without actually being part of a squad and communicating, they were just cheating. As a result, they were growing up the ranks faster than other players that weren’t cheating and that isn’t fair for those of you playing legitimately to rank-up. I hope you guys can understand the decision.

What do I need to turn my PS3 into a server?
Nothing. Buy Warhawk and that’s it. You will need a good connection though if you want to host a lot of players.

During the BETA, there were times when the game would crash, is that fixed?
LOL. Yes! We wouldn’t have shipped if it was still “crashy.”

Will there be an option to join local servers just in your country?
Yes. While we wanted to make sure that players got to choose the exact server they jumped into, we *totally* realized that if the game takes off, which we hope it does, that players might be simply overloaded by the server list. So, more to your point “Shadow_Dancer,” you can filter by region, language, game type, ping, max rank, etc.

Does Warhawk support a “Party System” like Resistance:FoM?
Thanks for clarifying “Holy_Diver.” Unfortunately, no, we do not do it in the same way. When you are playing split-screen we drop the whole group into the game, but I’m pretty sure that’s not what you were looking for.

Can you use any headset with Warhawk?
Yes. The Jabra that’s included is a good headset but you might already have one, or maybe still have the USB SOCOM headset. They all work.

Are the Warhawk servers “Worldwide?”
Yes. All territories can play together on the PSN.

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+ Wolf_Dog on August 14th, 2007 at 10:52 am said:

@ROLO_ONFIRE

Where did you hear that?
I hope thats true!!


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+ Ultimadark on August 14th, 2007 at 10:53 am said:

Hi Dylan.

I’ve been following the development for Warhawk as one of my must have games ever since you showed it live on the stage at E3 for the first time. However, I have a problem related to my TV that makes it hard for me to play some PS3 games.

You see, my TV overscans the image pretty much on any input other than 1080p. This means that if I would play warhawk in 720p, I wouldn’t be able to read all the stuff on the user interface. I know for a fact that Warhawk also supports 1080i output, and I have heard a rumor that the PS3 supports de-interlacing of PS3 games to 1080p. Is there some way I can play warhawk with the 1080i setting on, and then let the PS3 deinterlace the signal to 1080p so that I will be able to see the user interface? If so, I would gladly buy the game when it’s released, otherwise I hope that the firmware devs hurry up on PS3 game upscaling :)

Cheers, Simon


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+ hot pockets on August 14th, 2007 at 10:53 am said:

also, the real faces would go along with the clumzy and chunky looking characters.


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+ mitran on August 14th, 2007 at 10:53 am said:

cool however you did forgot to awner my Q lol is the game region free ? them makers of hevenly sword did awnser that Q yes Hevenlysword is region free . so i do think that you shuld be abel to awnser if Warhawk is region free or not thanks. …. if s region free i will get the game in august insted of late september ( it is about $ for me so ) i wil lbe geting the game no mather , but i want to get te game in august and not in late september.


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+ CrimsonCalibur on August 14th, 2007 at 10:54 am said:

Thanks so much for posting that. Answers a lot of my questions. I cannot wait!


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+ SeanScythe on August 14th, 2007 at 10:59 am said:

I still wish there was a way to fade the radar so it doesn’t take away from your view. In splitscreen it’s just to big and in the way.

Also what is up with Custom Sound Tracks? Why wasn’t this added to give the game that extra boost? You could have been the first PS3 game to support this.


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+ TheDevilsJoker on August 14th, 2007 at 11:02 am said:

Gonna be good! Spesh now i got rid of NAT 3, so i can finally talk on headsets


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+ Niles Stonne on August 14th, 2007 at 11:02 am said:

Dylan,

Thank you very much for the FAQ. Could I get a little clarification on the answer to the question”QUESTION: Game-wise, what is different between the Blu-ray version and the PSN version?”?

In your answer you state:

“ANSWER: Gameplay-wise they are identical.”

What differences are there then? Better textures in the Blu-ray version? Will there be any _noticeable_ differences beyond the requirement of having the Blu-ray in the drive?

Once again, thank you VERY much for answering many of the questions that have been asked!

-Niles


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+ Sephex on August 14th, 2007 at 11:02 am said:

I listened to Dylan and the guys from IGN earlier this morning, and this cleared up the last of my questions. I picked up a fantastic ericsson headset recently, now I’m just awaiting the 28th. Kudos to All!


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+ leetfoo on August 14th, 2007 at 11:03 am said:

Great work guys! Thanks for hearing your customers and including 1080 support! This title is a great example of what the PS3 is capable of, and hopefully will raise the bar for other devs!


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+ Click on August 14th, 2007 at 11:07 am said:

Hmm… they still didn’t answer my question as to how they’ll find our addresses to send the prizes to. I’m guessing PSU ID/username/information. It’d be nice if we got some sort of confirmation e-mail or something. >.>

Kinda sucks that there won’t be a party system in Warhawk. I understand they’re using a different system; a system like PC games, but it would’ve been nice to have some sort of voice chat lobby for clan members and/or friends in Warhawk.

Anyway, I can’t wait for this game to come out. Too bad it’s being released 2 days after I get back to college, lol. Thanks for the blog posts and answers, Dylan! You’re a great guy and you were funny on IGN’s podcast. Keep up the good work, man.


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+ Dubbedinenglish on August 14th, 2007 at 11:09 am said:

@dylan

I remember a few months there was an interview and you were standing in front of a poster that had “Warhawk 2″ on it with some cool artwork. Was that from an early concept of the or game? Or something more sinister….


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+ psquare on August 14th, 2007 at 11:14 am said:

man this game looks sweet but i cant play because i dont have wireless and none of my neighbors do. So i’ll just wait until i get one in a couple months.


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+ kastor79 on August 14th, 2007 at 11:14 am said:

wow, thanks for all that!

my only question that you didn’t answer:
does the psn version of the game support game sharing?


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+ AwRy108 on August 14th, 2007 at 11:18 am said:

Yay, in-game access to out Friends List! Finally!


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+ juanleche on August 14th, 2007 at 11:19 am said:

very ready to pay for this great 1080 game
woohoo!!!


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+ Savage on August 14th, 2007 at 11:20 am said:

Sony should force developers to push themselves to deliver 1080p quality games every time! Come on developers in a few years we’ll be screaming for 1600p .

Btw, this looks amazing and may just push me over the edge to buy a PS3. Anyone know if the BD version will be bundled with a PS3 in the UK?


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+ fireras on August 14th, 2007 at 11:24 am said:

@Dylan

Hey thanks for answering our questions man, I know we have been kinda pesky about it…be we are just excited for the game.

I am my can of which one of our members made the top 100 :D look forward to playing your game and while I am still hoping that you guys add
“subscription based VoIP chat”, we will use your idea as a filler for the time being with hopes that you implement this in the near future.

One of the biggest things I think you should do with this game is put some more focus on CLANS and Clan Stats…because people will be playing alot of this game and much of that will be in groups and clans.

Maybe put up a set of servers for clan battles and allow clans to challenge each other and record and store those stats online.

Yeah, I know there is gamebattles but it’s a pain sometimes to get those game set up.

Here’s to you guys continuing to improve upon the great game that you guys have. I look forward to seeing more clan specific stuff and some more customizations as well as fraggin you guys online.

Be on the lookout for the [B//]BLOODLINE CLAN

P.S. I can’t believe I’m gonna have to get up to change games now, because I am buying the retail SKU. Damn you Dylan and team….now I won’t be playing another game because I am too lazy to get up can change the games from the system.

PSN: fireras


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+ scar1983 on August 14th, 2007 at 11:28 am said:

I agree with fireas clans are what keep the community alive long after the casual gamers have been and gone.


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+ orphu on August 14th, 2007 at 11:29 am said:

Dylan – what’s the max clan size?


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+ Kaze88 on August 14th, 2007 at 11:32 am said:

Cant wait for this, i would just want it now =D….


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+ Razrsharp on August 14th, 2007 at 11:34 am said:

Nice, I can’t wait for this game. It’s gonna be awesome. What is the resolution that this game plays at?


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+ eksMAN on August 14th, 2007 at 11:36 am said:

cool, can’t wait!


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+ ferniefern on August 14th, 2007 at 11:38 am said:

thanks a lot for answering my question (about the split screen on ranked games)…its too bad that because of cheaters I won’t be able to fully enjoy this game with my bro and friends…hopefully you guys can figure something out to prevent or at least minimize cheating…looking forward to this game!


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+ MatthewG on August 14th, 2007 at 11:41 am said:

@ Dylan

Can you give any official word on when Home will be released?


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+ MatthewG on August 14th, 2007 at 11:42 am said:

Wait sorry. I didn’t see your position. ; )

Maybe someone a director can answer this?

-No hard feelings Dylan. :P


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+ Gorvi on August 14th, 2007 at 11:44 am said:

How many maps will there be included on the disc/in the download?


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+ eclipsed4utoo on August 14th, 2007 at 11:48 am said:

@78

there are 5 “worlds” with 5 “sections” for each world…which would make about 25 “maps”.


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+ thoas on August 14th, 2007 at 11:49 am said:

@Dylan, how big is the download from the PSN?


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+ dasupremeone on August 14th, 2007 at 11:49 am said:

thanks for the faq, answered a ton of my questions as probably as others as well


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+ Ultimadark on August 14th, 2007 at 12:00 pm said:

@80, I’m listening to the IGN podcast right now, where Dylan says that its 800 megabytes.


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+ Reluctant Hero on August 14th, 2007 at 12:01 pm said:

Dylan, thanks for the FAQ and answering my question. I’ll be downloading the PSN version of Warhawk since I like the idea of having it loaded into my HDD with no disc swapping.

I’ve already ordered the Plantronics BT 510 headset from Amazon and I’m looking forward to 8/28!


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+ GUNBEHINDTHESUN on August 14th, 2007 at 12:06 pm said:

I wish you would sell the blu-ray version without the headset. I already have a headset and don’t want to shell out money for something I don’t need. I do want the blu-ray version so I can have the extra content and also save space on my hard drive. I will probably not purchase this game until you sell it without the headset.


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+ Lowe on August 14th, 2007 at 12:08 pm said:

I seriously hope the PSN servers will not be too congested during the launch of this game so I don’t have to wait too long to get this game. Been waiting since TGS 2006 and I can’t wait anymore!


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+ Apostle on August 14th, 2007 at 12:11 pm said:

Glad the crash bug is fixed, that was really annoying, you get a really cool game and boom, crash.

Such an addictive game though, I loved it, any Battlefield fans will instantly love this game.


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+ jerrt on August 14th, 2007 at 12:13 pm said:

well, i think i’m going to buy the bluray version when it comes out, if the headset is on par with my others, i’ll be selling it, who needs one? [:


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+ spargo1 on August 14th, 2007 at 12:13 pm said:

@DYLAN

So if I get a copy of Warhawk from the USA will it work in the UK?

Please answer, me and my friends are dieing to find out.


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+ RexNox on August 14th, 2007 at 12:17 pm said:

No questions about lag..hm.


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+ Dylan Jobe on August 14th, 2007 at 12:24 pm said:

@RexNox

Did you have some questions about LAG?

Apologies if I missed your question…there was just a ton of comments to get through :-)


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+ Darkendless on August 14th, 2007 at 12:26 pm said:

This game is merely multiplayer only and only costs $40 but already owns Halo in every possible way


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+ KRIEG1986 on August 14th, 2007 at 12:29 pm said:

dylan,

Any chance of having a Live-Chat via PlayStation forums?


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+ Voozi on August 14th, 2007 at 12:31 pm said:

I have a question: Will there ever be 64 player servers in the future? That would be pretty sick if that could ever happen, cause I know playing like Battlefield 2 on 64 player servers can get pretty intense ;-)


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+ reson8er on August 14th, 2007 at 12:34 pm said:

@53 Ultimadark

I personally have a CRT HDTV. Traditionally CRT are very prone to overscan problems.

My TV was no exception. In fact once I logged into the Playstation Store, I notices how truley bad it really was.

Needless to say this made me quite upset.

In my research I found 2 possible solutions. 1. Hire a professional TV Repair Shop to Fix the Overscan. or 2. Get yourself a DVD and do some reasearch. It can be fixed by yourself via the TV’s service menu.

A word of warning though, they are NOT user friendly, and are meant for the service techs. You WILL need your TV’s service manual and to do some reasearch.

I don’t advocate doing anything to your TV without make sure you know the ramafications of each and every change, however, you can most likley fix the problem with a bit of reasearch and preparation.


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+ snowglobe on August 14th, 2007 at 12:36 pm said:

Is Warhawk going to feature an in-game reporting system for glitchers/cheaters like Resistance does?


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+ Chef Skillz on August 14th, 2007 at 12:37 pm said:

I haven’t even tried this game yet, but from what I hear and what I’m seeing it’s going to be a great game. Excellent job communicating with the prospective buyers Incognito! I love this blog. I love the setup of the servers. I love how there is legitimate two-way communication between players and developers. I will DEFINITELY purchase this game day one.


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+ Ultimadark on August 14th, 2007 at 12:38 pm said:

@94

Thanks for your help, however my TV is a 1080p LCD TV, and I’ve read about people asking the company that made it (Atec) about the service menu, but it’s not available to us :S It accepts 1080p without overscanning though, so hopefully we’ll get upscaling (which I guess you want as well, from 720p->1080i) in a future firmware update :)


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+ gelda on August 14th, 2007 at 12:43 pm said:

when will there be a new flashplayer upgrade? also why we hardly get any demos to play?


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+ Batzi on August 14th, 2007 at 12:45 pm said:

Hello Mr.Dylan,

Warhawk seems to be a pretty good game. I wasn’t in the BETA but watching the videos and trailers made me WANT this game SOOOO BAD!! Anyway, just wanted to know something about the warhawk(aircraft). Can the player eject(parachute) out of the warhawk if he/she was under heavy fire? Thanks in advance and wish you my best regards for the future of this title.


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+ blizzard182 on August 14th, 2007 at 12:46 pm said:

I love you man hahaha

Thanks for this FAQ

I can´t wait to buy this game.

Although I would like to know just one thing. Are there Bots in this game? I mean, can I play it even if I don´t want to login into a network game or maybe if I don´t have internet connection at that time?

Thanks!


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+ stennex on August 14th, 2007 at 12:47 pm said:

Can anyone at Sony please explain to me why you have not allowed upscaling of 720p like the xbox360 does. Most televisions that are selling right now are coming with 720p, the customers dont even know that to watch blu-ray movies in full they need to have 1080p. How come Sony has not discontinued the 720p tvs as yet. I have a Mitsubishi 65inch HDTV that only supports 480i, 480p.and 1080i. The xbox360 plays all 720p games on it in 1080i how come the PS3 scales the games down to 480p.

All i need to know is if you are going to give us an update if possible so that this last issue with video is dealt with.


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