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Warhawk v1.1 Patch and Arbiters

Dylan Jobe's Avatar + Posted by Dylan Jobe on Oct 19, 2007 // President, LightBox Interactive

Hey everyone, its been awhile since I last made a post here. The team and I have been cranking away on support and updates for Warhawk and I thought it’d be a good idea to give you all an update as to what the hell we’ve been up to.

So … since my last post, we’ve launched Warhawk in South-East Asia, Korea and Japan — which now means our community spans 15 different languages!

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We’ve also been working on a lot of fixes, server-side updates and client patches. Because lets face it, while the team and I were really happy with our launch and players around the globe were having a blast playing, there were some problems that players encountered once we rolled the game out to the masses (stats, connection issues, etc). I’m not going to sugar coat that with a strawberry-flavored, pink, PR candy shell – it’s the truth.

All of that said, we have been hard at work to address the big issues that our Warhawk community currently is experiencing. We have already addressed the majority of our stats-related issues with the deployment of a few server-side updates. These were updates that we rolled out “on our end” without any of the players having to download an actual Warhawk patch. These updates also fixed many of the connection issues. But not all.

The remaining core updates have to be delivered as a client-side patch, hence my next topic – the impending global release of our Warhawk v1.1 patch.

Now we actually have been working on 2 patches — but I’ll talk about the second patch in my next post.

The first update, the v1.1 patch, addresses the critical issues with stats and connectivity. Those two points were the focus of this patch and while they may seem small, they had a huge impact on our player base.

The v1.1 patch is in the last stages of testing right now and should be deployed worldwide by the end of October. Here’s a change list for the server-side updates that we’ve already made as well as what’s upcoming in v1.1:

Server-side updates
* Stat database stability improvements
* Improved server stability
* Max Clan limit changed from 32 to 64
* Viral Rank-up bug fixed and correct for players that were accidentally ranked up.
* “Time-in-Vehicle” Stats fixed so certain awards can now be granted properly.

Client-side updates for Patch v1.1
* Stat connection, fetch/post fixes
* Significantly improved client connection stability
* Quad “????” Ping display bug fixed.
* Added support for Player-Ranked Servers.
* Game synchronization fixes due to fluctuating network conditions (packet-drop).
* Crash fixes for end of game and split screen.

These updates make a huge improvement to the stats and connection issues that some players were experiencing. The team and I know how much of a pisser it is to not get the award your worked for or how frustrating it can be to try and get on to some of the busy, popular servers.

The v1.1 patch makes the world a much happier place … ok, maybe not the world, but at least the Warhawk universe :)

We are also responding to complaints about players that are stat-padding, griefing or just messing with the Warhawk community in general. This is incredibly frustrating for players and we are not taking it lightly!!

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A few weeks ago one of our mods made a post on the Warhawk forums letting people know that kind of behavior will not be tolerated. That was just a warning. Now, to protect the Warhawk community and preserve the legitimacy of our worldwide leader boards, I am announcing the existence of the Warhawk Arbiters. These are members of our online services groups in both the US and Europe that will be overseeing the leader boards, community stats and will also be “in the trenches” joining game servers for first-hand observation. Their PSN account names will remain a secret. They have the authority to warn players, call a player out to prove his or her skills, or render judgment … think Judge Dredd.

Judgment can take many forms, an email warning, forum post, a kick, temporary/permanent ban, or the Warhawk Arbiters can request your Warhawk stats be “cleansed.”

There are thousands and thousands of good, well-mannered players. We will not tolerate a small few messing with our global community. So be warned!!

That’s it for now; I’ll be posting again very soon to discuss the v1.2 patch…

As always, Rock on!

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+ Kratos_ate_Snake on October 19th, 2007 at 12:58 pm said:

Great post, I am glad you guys are hard at work on everything.


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+ crmgs on October 19th, 2007 at 1:00 pm said:

great news


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+ VivaLaRedSox on October 19th, 2007 at 1:01 pm said:

Great update. Thanks for being forward with us. I love me some Warhawk!

Rock on!


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+ CitizenInsane27 on October 19th, 2007 at 1:03 pm said:

Good stuff Dylan, I am glad to see these issues getting fixed up proper. The game is a godsend, and me and my buddies play it all the time.


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+ Solace on October 19th, 2007 at 1:07 pm said:

Thanks for the update.
I know a lot of people have been complaining like things were never going to be addressed, so it’s nice to see you guys still working hard (and shutting them up!).


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+ RandomEarthling on October 19th, 2007 at 1:08 pm said:

How about a small price drop to encourage more people to get into the game. With these fixes and a $30 price tag, I think Warhawk can draw an even bigger audience which I thnk it deserves.


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+ nmc75 on October 19th, 2007 at 1:13 pm said:

Looking forward to the fixes. Been holding out on playing Warhawk online until the stats issues were fixed. Will the connection problem with ‘Server full’ (even though it’s not) be fixed with these updates?


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+ Rzarekta on October 19th, 2007 at 1:20 pm said:

Sweet. Warhawk is awesome. Everyone that doesn’t already own it should definitely go pick this game up this weekend.


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+ Agriel on October 19th, 2007 at 1:25 pm said:

omg that is great, glad to hear you guys are working hard on there issues. Can’t wait to get this patch. Great work guys!!!


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+ Foxx on October 19th, 2007 at 1:28 pm said:

Can’t wait to for the patch to be implemented. Got away from the game for a little bit but can’t wait to start playing again. I really hate college midterms … will the next post have to do with the expansion I’ve been hearing about? Great News Dylan. Thanks!


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+ Wolf_Dog on October 19th, 2007 at 1:31 pm said:

WHERES THE CANADIAN FLAG??


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+ Neil on October 19th, 2007 at 1:33 pm said:

Sounds good. Now I just need my copy of the game to come in.


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+ Violater on October 19th, 2007 at 1:33 pm said:

Dylan We need something to take care of the Consistent Team Killers.
And I’m not talking about when my moron team mate blows himself up on a mine I set.

I hope you read this one.
K Thnx bye


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+ Dylan Jobe on October 19th, 2007 at 1:33 pm said:

YEAH!!!!

Where *is* the grand maple leaf!!!???

It might be that there is no Canadian website thus this link screen doesn’t point there.

I’ll ask around!


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+ Dylan Jobe on October 19th, 2007 at 1:35 pm said:

@Violater

Are you not seeing TK-ers get auto-kicked by the protection logic?

if a player gets 5 TKs he/she should be auto-kicked.


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+ free on October 19th, 2007 at 1:35 pm said:

Any possibility you’ll address the chat button being located in the worst possible place? An analog stick is not place for a button you need to hold.

If you can’t add the Resistance-like squad channels as an option, it would also help if there were some audible feedback (a bleep similar to when you hit the PTT button) for when you release the button.

When you do find people who chat, you often hear them asking if people can hear them… not realizing if their mic is live or not.


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+ Herby on October 19th, 2007 at 1:37 pm said:

Dylan thanks for the update. I rented the game when it first came out and played for a couple of weeks. But returned the game and haven’t bought the game due to some of the issues.
But I will buy it soon.
When I had the game I hosted a player ranked server every night. So I am interested in what you mean by “Added support for Player-Ranked Server”.
Thanks again. You guy are awesome, totally dawesome.


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+ GAME-HERO on October 19th, 2007 at 1:38 pm said:

Dylan, I think this is geat and all, however I have been kicked from 2 servers unfaily saying next time will result in permanant ban from server! I accidentally friendy fired because my teams where in cross fire…Unlike those idiots who bluntly come out and shot their mates on purpose, why don’t those guys get KICKED? Great Game…this is my only complaint.


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+ subbed on October 19th, 2007 at 1:43 pm said:

Happy to hear this. Was hoping to hear you fixed the tank glitch that some people use. Great game you guys made. Not trying to whine but hear are some things I would like.
1 Clan delegation/message system that works.
2 If you could allow for a clan meeting chat area that would be awesome since no in game XMB from Sony.
3 Lastly can we have a pop-up top right or something to know who is talking not just the icon and yellow dot.

None of those issues has made me stop playing but if they were done I would love warhawk even more. Thanks


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+ P_tear_griffin on October 19th, 2007 at 1:44 pm said:

Glad you guys are fixing some things. I wondered why one of my buddies just randomly jumped to 2nd Lt. when he’s barely played 5hrs and doesn’t have the points required for that rank. Then again, am I on a rank I’m not suppose to be. NOOOO!!! what a nightmare that would be. By the way, can ppl kick you out of a game just for the hell of it cuz i felt like i was kicked out just because. I entered a game, got on a warhawk and flew to the first guy on the opposite team to shoot and got the “you’ve been kicked out” message.


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+ Federation on October 19th, 2007 at 1:46 pm said:

Thanks for the update.


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+ chase on October 19th, 2007 at 1:46 pm said:

bring it
my warhawk name is
chase167
right now in death match
my rank is #3
goto leader boards under DM
and check 4 your self


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+ Dylan Jobe on October 19th, 2007 at 1:52 pm said:

@Herby

The addition of “Player-Ranked” server support means that you can now host a ranked game that you play on as well.

But, if you abuse this server type, the Warhawk Arbiters will render judgment on you account!


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+ Globox82 on October 19th, 2007 at 1:52 pm said:

@Dylan Jobe

Why isn’t your Incognito
( http://www.xmission.com/~ncognito/ ) site updated with something? News, articles…just something?
It seems like it has been dead for few years.


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+ sequoia on October 19th, 2007 at 1:54 pm said:

Thanks for posting, always nice knowing that fixes/improvements are coming. Definitely excited to hear what will be in the v1.2 update. Hopefully the “Game is Full” bug will be fixed, started to get that burned into my screen, so annoying. Awesome game, never had more fun online, but with additional fixes and such, truly looking forward to spending a long time with the game.


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+ MikeG115 on October 19th, 2007 at 1:55 pm said:

good update

you guys should also do something about the invisible tank cheat some people use. it seems to happen alot on the Baldlands map.

everything else is great


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+ Violater on October 19th, 2007 at 1:56 pm said:

“Dylan Jobe | October 19th, 2007 at 1:35 pm

@Violater

Are you not seeing TK-ers get auto-kicked by the protection logic?

if a player gets 5 TKs he/she should be auto-kicked.”

Funny enough it gets so hectic to tell when someone gets kicked.
I know I love laying mines and sometimes my own teammates are not careful enough and get taken out with the enemies and I suffer.
Come to think of it I think I have been kicked off before lol, I just thought it was the server crashing.
Well if it’s fixed then cool deal!


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+ Wolf_Dog on October 19th, 2007 at 1:57 pm said:

Question. Why is it that only the clan leader can post a message on the clan board. Why can’t clan memebers do so aswell. there is no way of communicating between us. Could you guys consider patching this?


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+ gunnar2906 on October 19th, 2007 at 1:57 pm said:

Where is RUSSIA??
The game officially suports Russian so the country must be inlisted

Thanks


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+ BruceLeroy on October 19th, 2007 at 1:57 pm said:

I agree with Subbed. Can you please find a way to fix the tank glitch that some are exploiting? It’s only happened to me twice but there is definitely an invisible tank glitch that certain players are using.


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+ Kamahl on October 19th, 2007 at 2:00 pm said:

sounds good, can’t wait for it :D


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+ cardiac_cat on October 19th, 2007 at 2:01 pm said:

Hell yeah, can’t wait for this patch to be released. Hopefully it will make the Warhawk experience feel complete. The gameplay is already complete, the only complant being glichers.


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+ silentmatt on October 19th, 2007 at 2:02 pm said:

WOW. This is MASSIVE.

And exactly how this blog should be used. Thank you so much for the update – I look forward to 1.1!


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+ Celestial on October 19th, 2007 at 2:02 pm said:

lol Sometimes I accidently team-kill and get kicked… gets a tiny bit annoying, but it rarely happens, silly tank just kills everyone lol, but it’s all good! Fantastic game! :)


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+ BulletToothTony on October 19th, 2007 at 2:02 pm said:

hey dylan.. great to see your love for us.. it’s greatly appreciated..

i know you know that clans are really important in the gaming community.. i mean ever since counterstrike, it just makes it way more fun to play

any word on a bigger clan support in the future.. are you planning on using home as a meeting place and then launch the game from there, or there are no plans??

at least i think that since there is the player-ranked option it will help a lot.. yet it would be nice to have something like a meeting room and then jumping all at the same time.. like rfom.. anyhow

hope to see more CTF servers up soon, cause there’s usually like 5 and none from scea i guess that will be tackled also with player-ranked server huh..


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+ Dylan Jobe on October 19th, 2007 at 2:03 pm said:

The invisible tank, turret and warhawk glitches are fixed in the 1.2 patch that is in test right now.

Those were tricky bugs and had to be fixed very safely :-)

And YES…I agree that glitch sucks my A$$.


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+ Herby on October 19th, 2007 at 2:05 pm said:

@ Dylan
Wow that is great news. Really awesome, this is something I was really pushing for on the forums.
I am sure the Aribiters will help quell the problem with cheaters. I doubt in the future these cheaters will be around though. But the addition of being able to play in your players ranked server will insure the game will be online forever.
Thanks for the reply.


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+ subbed on October 19th, 2007 at 2:07 pm said:

Awesome. Dylan just Awesome can’t wait for 1.2


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+ P_tear_griffin on October 19th, 2007 at 2:09 pm said:

Will we ever see customizable paint jobs for tanks and jeeps? Or an option to actually do something besides sit on the passenger side of the jeep? I think it would’ve been cool to have 3 people on a jeep; 1 driving, 1 on the machine gun, and a first shooting with whatever weapon he/she has on. I’m addicted to this game and it’s your fault! 52hrs+ since I bought the game.


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+ Razrsharp on October 19th, 2007 at 2:10 pm said:

Nice update, I’ll be playing this more because of the patches to fix crashes.


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+ Delriach on October 19th, 2007 at 2:10 pm said:

Sweet. Did you fix those bugs that I messaged you about? (I sent you links to videos that were on youtube)


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+ Modus Operandi on October 19th, 2007 at 2:11 pm said:

@Dylan Jobe

Any news about the Warhawk expansion pack coming this December? :)


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+ subbed on October 19th, 2007 at 2:12 pm said:

@P_tear_griffin Maybe the passenger thing is a balance issue but it would be nice to be able to shoot from that seat. Nice name by the way!


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+ hasansidd on October 19th, 2007 at 2:14 pm said:

@ Dylan

What kind of Playstation HOME support are you guys working on for Warhawk? I think you guys can do amazing things if you work the warhawk clan support into HOME.


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+ Schitthammer on October 19th, 2007 at 2:16 pm said:

Dylan, will any of these patches fix the bug where it shows on the stats as someone never being “enlisted”? I, as well as many others, were plagued by this bug the first few days the game came out. If you could let us know if that bug will be fixed it would be much appreciated. Thanks again for keeping us updated and kudos to the entire Incognito team for making such a fantastic game!


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+ SPARDA on October 19th, 2007 at 2:16 pm said:

Thanks for the great new Dylan.

But .. for the LOVE OF GOD…incorporate a party and squad system (with no push L3 free chat) similar to Resistance

I BEG YOU.


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+ Fox_Savage on October 19th, 2007 at 2:17 pm said:

Will we ever see customizable paint jobs for tanks and jeeps? Or an option to actually do something besides sit on the passenger side of the jeep? I think it would’ve been cool to have 3 people on a jeep; 1 driving, 1 on the machine gun, and a first shooting with whatever weapon he/she has on. I’m addicted to this game and it’s your fault! 52hrs+ since I bought the game

Also, Any possibility you’ll address the chat button being located in the worst possible place? An analog stick is not place for a button you need to hold.

If you can’t add the Resistance-like squad channels as an option, it would also help if there were some audible feedback (a bleep similar to when you hit the PTT button) for when you release the button.

When you do find people who chat, you often hear them asking if people can hear them… not realizing if their mic is live or not.


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+ P_tear_griffin on October 19th, 2007 at 2:18 pm said:

3rd post and i’m sorry but I am curious. when i get the message “gmae is full” when it is really not is it because of my connection or something else? I know you are fixing it but sometimes i wonder why it comes up


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+ Davitr0n on October 19th, 2007 at 2:23 pm said:

Good news. I love this game, but the rank thing was really bugging me. It will be nice to be able to work for the higher ranks, and play with people my own level (n00b).

Also, I hope the Client side of the patch will enable me to host a match (ranked or unranked) for more than one and half rounds before disconnecting. It could be my network set up but one can always hope!


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+ MrCamo on October 19th, 2007 at 2:26 pm said:

@ Dylan Jobe Please add an option for open mic style play!! A toggle on off would be OK, or an option for always on or a botton press. I would even be OK with less players if the open mic causes lag. Please consider. Thanks!! If this is not possible given the way the game is made, please post that as a response and i will no longer wonder. Warhawk 2 !!!!!!!!


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