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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 17th, 2007 at 11:15 am said:

@ Dylan

DYLAN PLZ READ!!!! 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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+ aaquib on August 17th, 2007 at 11:49 am said:

@Dylan

Do you know a specific time for the US store? I was hoping midnight :)


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+ scar1983 on August 17th, 2007 at 12:07 pm said:

@ryuk

You wont be able to use your stored data from the beta.


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+ Metallic on August 17th, 2007 at 12:48 pm said:

Just to let everyone know, that if you are in the UK and planning on downloading Warhawk from the US Store, you need to buy it first, which you can’t do.


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+ jake484 on August 17th, 2007 at 12:52 pm said:

@ Dylan
what kind of demo will be included in the blu-ray version ???
is it something we can already download in the playstation store?
or something exclusive only in that blu-ray??


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+ Batzi on August 17th, 2007 at 1:06 pm said:

Hello Dylan, does it matter if I bought warhawk from the US? Because my PS3 is PAL and my PSN ID is a european one!

I know PS3 games are region free but does it affect the online in anyway?


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+ Snyper on August 17th, 2007 at 1:22 pm said:

@ Metallic
why would any1 in the UK wanna download warhawk from the US store they both come out on August 28th and august 28th arrives sooner in the UK than it does in the US


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+ crazyeighty8 on August 17th, 2007 at 2:04 pm said:

@snyper #271
I always buy from the US store whenever possible even thou im in the UK. For One, or I say Two-One very good reason.


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+ DragonKnight_22 on August 17th, 2007 at 2:06 pm said:

Off topic.

You guys and gals at Sony should buy the rights to M.U.G.E.N.

If you don’t know what that is, it’s a 2D fighting game engine in which people get to create their own fighters, and download sprites of characters from other games like Dragon Ball Z, Street Figther, ad infinitum. There are no limits to the amounts of characters you can have, and it’s a global phenomenon.

Its perfect for the PS3 because characters can be saved on the HDD and you can make a mint off of downloads.

You should REALLY consider it. I know tons of people who LOVE the game, and it would bring a lot of sales to the PS3. Even if you just put the Engine itself on the PSN for download, you can still make a lot of money because it would be great using a console controller and possibly other features that you can’t get on a PC in that game.

Think about it.

It’s perfect for your user centric business model.


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+ willy684 on August 17th, 2007 at 4:44 pm said:

@ Dylan

Will Warhawk be released in Australia on the PSN also on Aug 28th?


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+ Dylan Jobe on August 17th, 2007 at 5:14 pm said:

@ryuk

Sorry dude…the save data is different between the BETA and the FINAL versions :-(

You can go ahead and delete your BETA data.


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+ XxBigP123xX on August 17th, 2007 at 5:28 pm said:

@Dylan Jobe

i want to tell you a story about how much i liked your game!

the 1st day the beta came out i had a doctors appointment. i started to download the beta before i left my house and about a hour later i got home and started to play it. it was a hot day and me and my mom were going to put in the air conditioners, but geuss what i wanted to do more :). the story ends with my mom dropping the air conditioner out the window and me being blamed.

long story short, your game was to good for me to put down :)


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+ Obakasan on August 17th, 2007 at 5:36 pm said:

@Dylan Jobe
Thank you for your reply. I look forward to playing this game.


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+ fdas on August 17th, 2007 at 5:52 pm said:

I think you really should implement some sort of lobby/party/buddy system. I dont think it’s enough just to go off your PSN buddy list.

R:FOM has a great system that you could model yours off of.

One of the big problems with a lot of PS3 games is that they lack the interface features I described above.


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+ PsychoEddie on August 17th, 2007 at 7:45 pm said:

@fdas

Are you stoned or upidstay? The only thing anyone should EVER model after resistance is: game play, action, and balls-out fun. Their lobby, party, and buddy system is absolutely craptastic and even the spit drooling moron in the cube next to me can see that it was clearly an afterthought. Easo off the purple cush, dude.


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+ coolasj19 on August 17th, 2007 at 8:08 pm said:

please mzkd DLC so i can buy it and support youll that way. unfortunatly i have to get a share if i want to play. but i helped get yooull 4 more customers about a month ago ;);)i think. dont not like me anymore:(


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+ ryuk on August 17th, 2007 at 10:23 pm said:

OK THANK YOU VERY MUCH DYLAN WELL AT LEAST I CAN START FRESH….I BEEN WAITING FOR SOMEONE TO GIVE ME AN ANSWER IM GLAD IT WAS YOU,,,,YOU ROCK…..WATS YOUR PSN :)


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+ Picasso on August 18th, 2007 at 12:01 am said:

@Dylan

How about a Warhawk for a home trophy? Not some miniature warhawk I’m talking about a full size warhawk jump jet reward. It can be placed right in front of the trophy case or something.


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+ marcindpol on August 18th, 2007 at 3:37 am said:

i cant wait any more!!! yea 28th august on UK store!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
going to buy hd tv for that:)


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+ Batzi on August 18th, 2007 at 4:34 am said:

I have already bought it online and importing it. Ain’t waiting a month or 1 DAY longer! But it seems the 28th isn’t coming anytime soon!!! Icognito should’ve introduced Warhawk a week before its release! :P Seriously, I HATE WAITING and I HATE when it takes THAT LONG!!!


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+ Ultimate on August 18th, 2007 at 10:29 am said:

where do you buy playstation cards?


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+ TristanMike on August 18th, 2007 at 10:45 am said:

@Dylan:

Great job with Warhawk, it is really fun and looks very nice. I’m, as always, privileged to be apart of BETA’s and do my best to find/report bugs/issues.

I was wondering how the decision came to award the top 100 players with a physical award for BETA testing ?

As a tester, I don’t always “play to win”. I’ve always been under the impression that during the BETA test, we should test all aspects of the game, and that doesn’t lend itself to racking up the most points.

With the freezing of the BETA and the randomness of invites or people who were invited late (say last week) were in almost no way in contention for something like this. Combine this with glitchers and people who abuse the flaws of the game, and people who accessed the BETA through “shady” means, why did you decide to go with a physical pin instead of, say, a BETA Trophey for Home for all registered testers ?

Some might look at it as “sour grapes” and I suppose on some level it might be, there’s definitely disappointment, but in all honesty, I don’t see the purpose in singling out people when it’s all random anyway. Why would I bother reporting anything if I can get some pin or something out of it if I win ? Just because someone got the most points, doesn’t mean they were a good BETA tester…..It sets a bad precedent in my very humble opinion so I was just curious as to why you all decided that in the end.

Thanks for your time and all the hard work.
TM


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+ dill3377 on August 18th, 2007 at 5:30 pm said:

Please respond I have asked this multiple times now, will the people with the beta be able to use the beta instead of having to buy the game.


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+ nyyanks on August 18th, 2007 at 7:28 pm said:

^^^ No if you were in the beta you still need to buy the game. I wish we didnt have to buy it.


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+ biohazardfrogy on August 18th, 2007 at 8:40 pm said:

wow i cant wait for war hawk its gunna be awesome the best war game yet


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+ aaquib on August 19th, 2007 at 11:30 am said:

@Dylan

Any word on what Warhawk, the PSN version will cost in Canada?


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+ aaquib on August 19th, 2007 at 11:30 am said:

@Dylan

Any word on what Warhawk, the PSN version will cost in Canada?


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+ willmorse on August 19th, 2007 at 11:31 am said:

NOT YET ASKED!

Im going to upgrade my hardrive, will I be able to back-up warhawk and reinstall it on the new harddrive?


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+ Kpepe on August 19th, 2007 at 3:04 pm said:

@ Dylan
Ok, I’m in a clan that is currently filming machinimas(video game movies). We’re working with R:FoM but will they’re be a spectator mode like Resistance. It’d be wonderful to move over to warhawk to create another movie. Thanks


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+ joeymp on August 19th, 2007 at 6:14 pm said:

Sony, what the heck! Why won’t you release these demos! First Lair, now Ratchet! Why wait?! And what’s with not giving us 3rd party game demos, Xbox Live get’s them! I thought you were listening!


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+ patrickp3 on August 19th, 2007 at 8:12 pm said:

That TristanMike person has a definite point. I was never involved with the testing for this, but it’s kind of disingenuous to, on the one hand, admit that some testers in effect cheated (split screens etc), while on the other side give out awards to the high scorers.
What were you looking for, accurate BETA testers, or high scorers in a demo?


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+ B4K4 on August 20th, 2007 at 1:46 pm said:

W00t! I got my Pin and Signed cover : )


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+ fever84 on August 21st, 2007 at 5:56 am said:

ok i am very happy i will be buying the psn version the moment its released but a tuesday! lol


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+ rockmanjoey on August 24th, 2007 at 2:33 am said:

Kick ass FAQ, I am defenetly gonna grab this game next week no doubt about it! But there is one thing which puts me off which isn’t in this game which graces XBOX Live online games, having guest usernames. This is something I would like as an update.

Multiple Login into the PLAYSTATION NETWORK – I read a Warhawk FAQ on the PlayStation Blog and I was gutted to find out I couldnt log in with my brother at the same time but only have him as a guest. We are both looking forward to Warhawk’s release and its annoying that only one user can log in.

XBOX Live allows 4 users on the XBOX 360 to log into the Live Service and allow them to play online in a party together. Its a great way for friends to gather up, kick some ass and have a good time. I would like Sony to allow multiple usernames which have PSN access on the same PS3 to be allowed to log in at the same time, with Controller 1 as the primary XMB background but allowing them to press a button on the controller to read their messages, invites etc.

This again would be an awesome feature and a great way for groups of local people using the same PLAYSTATION 3 to go online and work together in a team to prove themselves, please consider this feature.


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+ Clover09 on August 24th, 2007 at 3:01 am said:

Anyone that has second thoughts about this game read this.

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+ Tattoo on August 25th, 2007 at 6:44 am said:

In the trailer on the PSN I saw that you can play online. But is this only with the people that have a controller? I mean is it maximum 4 players or can you also add bots? I would really like to know this, so answer it please :)
It would be good to have some practice before going online.

Thanks!


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+ Tattoo on August 25th, 2007 at 11:53 am said:

I’m sorry. There is an error in my previous comment :) I mean Offline instead of online.


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+ ThomasMc on August 27th, 2007 at 10:05 am said:

@Jobe

so when is it getting released in the uk 28th or 30th, seems to be some mixed information on the net at the moment


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+ aaquib on August 27th, 2007 at 10:42 am said:

@302

August 28th – North America

August 30th – Europe


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+ Stexe on August 27th, 2007 at 11:58 pm said:

I’m curious about what is the true difference between the hard copy Blu-Ray and the downloadable version.

It seems 800MB for a full game is extremely small if that is the full download size.

Also, will you be able to have 5 other people also play the game if you buy it through PSN like other games purchased through PSN?

The faster this is answered the faster I’ll buy your game! =)


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+ DarkKnight on August 29th, 2007 at 1:36 am said:

You guys ROCK! You have polished the BETA into an absolute GEM! Thank You, for the 6 hour marathon I just finished ..lol

Sincerely,
Me


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+ GL on August 29th, 2007 at 9:35 pm said:

Good day a couple of questions regarding availability. I am an American living in Taiwan and all to often I am not able to find games in English since games for Taiwan come directly from Japan. If Warhawk is available from the online store can i purchase it online in Taiwan with a Taiwanese PS3 console? If so, will it be in English? If not, the game is set for release here on September 7th, will it have English language support?

TIA
GL


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+ Morock on August 31st, 2007 at 2:16 pm said:

Hi, i love warhawk but i have problems with the button configurations. i am hoping and asking if there will be a firmware update in the future to make the button controls custom and changable?? thanks and great job on warhark.


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+ elmogallen on September 4th, 2007 at 6:47 am said:

The game is amazing, but there are a few features I’d like to see:

- When playing two players, it sucks when I get in a game, and my wife *tries* to get in, but the game is already full. Why can’t we tell the game we’re going to be playing 2 players and have it drop us both in simultaneously?

- When playing split screen, I have a Jabra headset, and if I use it, everyone’s voices come out of the headset. That sucks for my wife, because she can no longer hear what’s being said. There should be a Voice Output to TV Only option.

- There should be a way to Turn Off Planes. For example, “Fortress” is a really cool map to play Deathmatch or Team Deathmatch, but if you have just one guy who can fly the plane, it’s all over for everyone else.

- I don’t talk that much on my headset, it would be nice to have the ability to change the button configuration so the move-stick pressed down is crouch, like most other FPS games.


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+ combatsheep on September 4th, 2007 at 11:31 am said:

Ok so the gameplay between the PSN version and BD version is identical. So what ARE the DIFFERENCES? Why would I choose one over the other?
If I download it, can I redownload it in the the event of accidental erasure? If I buy another PS3 ?


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+ Tattoo on September 5th, 2007 at 7:16 am said:

you can redownload with your PSN-account if something would happen. It is on your download list then so they know you have already donwloaded it.


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