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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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+ ryuk on August 14th, 2007 at 12:55 pm said:

VERY IMPORTANT QUESTION!!!

Ok in the beta all that saved data is still in my HDD will that saved data work when the game launches…


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+ Madness3120 on August 14th, 2007 at 1:00 pm said:

If ppl in the beta are keeping there ranks. I will sure NOT be getting this game!!


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+ Reddsk on August 14th, 2007 at 1:05 pm said:

Nice list. Not EVERYTHING I’ve been wanting to know but it does clear some things up. Going to show answers to the questions I know my friends had.


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+ Ultimadark on August 14th, 2007 at 1:09 pm said:

@101

The Xbox 360 has a built in hardware scaler, Sony is doing their scaling in software.


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+ RoAcH2285 on August 14th, 2007 at 1:12 pm said:

@Dylan
Yeah,How fast fo an internet connection do I need to have a good online experience.This is important if I don’t have a fast enough speed I will need to upgrade before I get Warhawk.Thank You.


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+ killgtx on August 14th, 2007 at 1:17 pm said:

Nice work with autolimit servers max users :D. What about demo?


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+ TONX on August 14th, 2007 at 1:35 pm said:

The beta was AMAZING. This game is going to rock so effing hard.


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+ southwoodS on August 14th, 2007 at 1:39 pm said:

cant wat for this game. im dw it.


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+ stennex on August 14th, 2007 at 1:45 pm said:

@Ultimadark
“The Xbox 360 has a built in hardware scaler, Sony is doing their scaling in software”

How do you know that. If this is true can anyone at Sony reply as well. Because if it is software driven then it should be able to scale 720p to 1080i or 1080p just as they have allowed us to scale down to 720p.


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+ HK-48 on August 14th, 2007 at 1:45 pm said:

Please pass on to Sony that they NEED to keep Metal Gear Solid 4 and Final Fantasy 13 exclusive.

Anyway thanks for answering those questions. It’s nice to see Sony doing these things, other companies, and I don’t want to accuse anyone, but MICROSOFT would NEVER do something like this. M$ just cares about ripping their brainwashed fanbase off with overpriced add-ons.

I’ll definitely pick up Warhawk on Day 1. :)


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+ EViD on August 14th, 2007 at 1:48 pm said:

nice, thanks Dylan


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+ RicanPlaya88 on August 14th, 2007 at 1:51 pm said:

Sounds pretty cool. A lot of questions answered for me. Thanks!

@super8sean

I agree. Sony needs to do something about the third party developers throwing out lame versions out there of a game that is better to buy on the competing platform for the same price. Either help the developers take full advantage of the cell and rsx, and everything else that the ps3 utilizes to make the games look at full potential, or close, or respond back to sites and magazines saying that the ps3 version is inferior because of the lack of commitment put into the version.


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+ Ultimadark on August 14th, 2007 at 1:52 pm said:

@Stennex

Hopefully they’re working on it, so that in a future firmware update we’ll be able to upscale PS3 games in the future. I guess that they haven’t included it yet because of performance issues when upscaling 720p->1080i, but as soon as they make it efficient enough to run on the SPU and RAM that the PS3 OS can use, I bet that it will be available for us to download :)

Btw the fact that the 360 has a hardware scaler is widely known, and if Sony would have had one (at least one with capabilities like the 360 one), we wouldn’t be having this conversation because then we would be able to upscale. My guess is Sony is going to use software scaling instead to save money from not having to include a scaler for a few dollars (lets say 10 dollars) in every PS3 (which, if they sell as many PS3s as PS2s, will earn them up to a billion dollars).


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+ RicanPlaya88 on August 14th, 2007 at 1:56 pm said:

I have a question about the upscaling 720p games to 1080i. Some games already out support all the way up to 1080p, but yet look better on a lower resolution like 720p. If games that are only 720p in the future, and an update releases to upscale those games to 1080i, will the game look better, or will it look worse than the native resolution. One prime example of a game looking better on 720p was Rainbow Six Vegas compared to 1080i. Boy did that stop me from taking it back! Thank God for the person who recommended me to switch it to 720p… :-)


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+ Dylan Jobe on August 14th, 2007 at 2:00 pm said:

There have been a lot of questions about upscalling and overscan…just one of the many issues that we are faced with this generation.

We did take this in account when developing Warhawk though.

Warhawk *does* 1080i upscale for those of you who have HD tvs that fall into the 720p–>480p/i category. We still render 720p, but at least the game scans-out to 1080i so you aren’t forced to play at 480.

With regard to overscan, we tried to address this too. And you too correct, HDTV overscan varies a great deal. So…at the graphics options screen in Warhawk, we give you precise control over all 4 edges of the screen independently so you can position and scale the video output to match your specific display device.


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+ Ultimadark on August 14th, 2007 at 2:04 pm said:

@119

The upscaling in Rainbow Six Vegas is buggy, there’s something wrong with it that makes it look really bad.

However, a 720p game will look better on a 720p TV than the same game upscaled to 1080 on a 1080p TV.


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+ danteofsmeg on August 14th, 2007 at 2:04 pm said:

I know its not your job , But can someone slap SCEE…
I would like to know the release date in the uk.
Is it so hard to get someone to confirm this.
Maybe you should look at replacing the scee team and getting some staff that do there job.
great game but I may end up importing it.


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+ Ultimadark on August 14th, 2007 at 2:06 pm said:

@120

Awesome Dylan :D Options like that are just great (like the borders in calling all cars, which I guess you deserve some credit for as well since its your engine). This game will definately be in my PS3 blu-ray drive when it comes out here in Europe :)


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+ linton on August 14th, 2007 at 2:38 pm said:

Im looking forward to this superb looking online only game, but i was wondering about the offline game which was in development for a long time -then you guys threw it out for a reason i cant remember, is there a chance this will be available as an offline game sometime in the future?


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+ Pyroman on August 14th, 2007 at 2:43 pm said:

I read somewhere that Warhawk would be delayed for pal regions…I hope this isn’t true ,because I would be very very upset ….Why always Europe ???Tell me it’s not true…


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+ chacal81 on August 14th, 2007 at 2:44 pm said:

Warhawk pwnds Madden. 60 fps ea. 60 FPS EA.


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+ nesDk on August 14th, 2007 at 2:56 pm said:

i think it so sad that theres no word on a EU release. not only because im living there. but also because of the ladder system.

and is’nt a name like “theGoatAss” going to be a problem viewing your stats through HOME?

and how does the kicking funktion work? hate those kids who shot one down on the way towards a tank, just so he can have something to move around in. i want them off my server thats for sure.

can you rank players met?
can you see players met in the xmb’s players met?


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+ spargo1 on August 14th, 2007 at 3:03 pm said:

What about if we buy the game from the USA and play it in the UK?
Will it work DYLAN?


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+ bs6268d on August 14th, 2007 at 3:14 pm said:

I can’t wait next gen battlfield psn Id is

bs6268d


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+ grashopper on August 14th, 2007 at 3:18 pm said:

Love the PSN ID name TheGoatAss good stuff!
I hate to do it but I have a question if you can answer it. Does the PSN download come out on the same day as the Blu-ray bundle? Just wondering because the release date is a Tues and the PSN store normally updates on Thurs


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+ RatchetFanatic on August 14th, 2007 at 3:19 pm said:

i bet Dylan’s PSN ID is TheGoatAss.


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+ Luna-C on August 14th, 2007 at 3:23 pm said:

This game sounds awesome!


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+ Batzi on August 14th, 2007 at 3:32 pm said:

Hey Dylan, what is your PSN ID? :D

Is there an option in the game where we can identify Icognito’s members from us the fans?? Are the PSN names highlighted or something?

And plz could you answer question number 99 plz? Thanks.


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+ aaquib on August 14th, 2007 at 3:34 pm said:

@Dylan

How come you keep avoiding the question: Is it shareable with 5 other PS3s? If its not, Im still buying it, but if it is me and a couple of my buddies could chip in and buy it together. I thought it was going to be in the Q/A, but unfortunately not. :( This is a question a lot of people have and I hope you answer it.


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+ killthee on August 14th, 2007 at 3:35 pm said:

What about the clan limit? Has it been increased from the crappy 16 player limit in the beta? I know many people, myself included, are going to be truly disappointed if the clan limit has not been increased…


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+ h3ro on August 14th, 2007 at 3:35 pm said:

I think the main question I have is if this game can be shared over 5 consoles. I would really appreciate if you could answer this question for us!

Great job on the game, I really enjoyed the demo!


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+ Dylan Jobe on August 14th, 2007 at 3:58 pm said:

Hi everyone, the clan limit was changed from 16 to 64 for the final product.


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+ Modus Operandi on August 14th, 2007 at 4:01 pm said:

@Dylan Jobe

Pnoiflipnation… Kick ass.

Anyway, what if we purchase Warhawk via PlayStation Network and wanted to “PSN game share.” Will we be able to let others (up to 5 PlayStation 3 units) to download Warhawk for free?


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+ killthee on August 14th, 2007 at 4:02 pm said:

Sweet. Thanks for the quick reply : )


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+ killgtx on August 14th, 2007 at 4:06 pm said:

Nice work with 64 max :D


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+ Dubbedinenglish on August 14th, 2007 at 4:06 pm 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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+ coreymcl on August 14th, 2007 at 4:06 pm said:

I have been waiting for this game since Feb. ’07 when I first heard about it. I can tell you I have not been playing my PS3 very much but all of that is about to change and this game is the reason.

Any plans for a demo?


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+ chubigans on August 14th, 2007 at 4:07 pm said:

64! YESSSS!


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+ Voozi on August 14th, 2007 at 4:09 pm said:

@ Dylan

Will there be 64 player servers in the future?


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+ RobinNL on August 14th, 2007 at 4:10 pm said:

I’m impressed!!


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+ Snyper on August 14th, 2007 at 4:10 pm said:

hey dylan,
how come they cant just give us a date for the UK i mean its pretty obvious it aint coming here by August 28th so just give us another date
and would the game work if i got it imported from the US??

thanks


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+ aaquib on August 14th, 2007 at 4:11 pm said:

@142, coreymd

Im typing on my PS3 right now, so I cant give you a link, but on this blog, the Heavenly Sword prequel video, the marketing guy for a few of Sony games said because of the multiplayer nature, Warhawk wont have a demo. Regardless, I was in the beta, and trust me its a great game!


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+ 9158 on August 14th, 2007 at 4:27 pm said:

Dylan, thanks a lot. I’m sure that was really a lot of work on your part. It’s really nice when a developer shows so much consideration for his/her audience.


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+ gardea on August 14th, 2007 at 4:32 pm said:

How come I’m not on the top 100?


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+ dys on August 14th, 2007 at 4:39 pm said:

Funny that they don’t make a worldwide release for Warhawk.

Nothing will prevent european from downloading the game on US PSN.


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+ Dylan Jobe on August 14th, 2007 at 4:40 pm said:

Hi Everyone,

I want to let you all know that our SCEE team is working very, very hard on getting the game ready. And I want to assure all of our UK players that we *do* care very much about shipping Warhawk simultaneously with the US version and that is still our goal.

We just want to make sure that when we say “we’re gold” we really are done! These things have to bake for awhile before we can feel comfortable saying “it’s done”…

…I know you all can appreciate that.

I’ll keep you all posted!


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+ Postman on August 14th, 2007 at 4:40 pm said:

Looks interesting might check it out.


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+ seph1r0th00 on August 14th, 2007 at 4:45 pm said:

It’s a little disappointing that we will not have the option to full install Warhawk on our HDD from the Blu-Ray discs. This is a feature I really wanted. Although I want all the bonus content from the Blu-Ray version, I may end up having to buy it from the PSN :(


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+ mikehc69 on August 14th, 2007 at 5:01 pm said:

Just curious about your future plans regarding downloadable content: Is there any possibility of you guys adding AI bots to the offline multiplayer in the future? I think this would add a good amount of depth to an already stellar game and also give newer players a chance to practice before jumping online. Please answer I’m very curious about your stance on this!


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