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Warhawk: Omega Dawn FAQ

Dylan Jobe's Avatar + Posted by Dylan Jobe on Dec 18, 2007 // President, LightBox Interactive

Hi Everyone!!

Before I jump-in with the FAQ, I wanted to let everyone know that our V1.2 patch will go-live on December 19th at 10:00 GMT (that’s 2am pacific time). We will be bringing our game servers off-line while we roll-out the patch from 10:00 to 16:00 GMT (that’s 2am to 8am pacific).

Also, the Warhawk: Omega Dawn Booster Pack goes on sale December 20th on the PlayStation Store for $7.99!

So, below is a huge batch of questions that we grabbed from your comments. Hopefully you all find the answers useful, helpful, enlightening, entrancing … blah, blah, blah.

FAQ-on!


“OrganicShadow” Wants to know …

Can both teams have a dropship at the same time?
YES – the Combat Dropship only spawns in at specific locations and these bases become really important to hold. They also take awhile to respawn so you don’t see them constantly. But some of our best memories from working on Omega Dawn are from crazy Dropship-on-Dropship battles where nearly everyone in the battlefield is in the air!

Can you give us a roundabout estimate as to how much damage a dropship can take before kaboom time?
It’s really hard to estimate the time because it varies from weapon to weapon. It also varies because, just like a classic BOSS, the dropship has a weak point that causes more damage. I’ve seen a well coordinated team take a dropship down pretty quickly…but the inverse is also true. I’ve seen a team command a dropship for 10 minutes or more. It really depends on how you and your team or clan works together.

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Out of curiosity, what button grabs the vehicles and do you have to keep it held?
The CIRCLE button picks up vehicles and you don’t have to hold it the whole time. Also, the player who’s inside the vehicle being carried can also cut power to the tractor beam by pressing CIRCLE as well as long as they are in a “safe” place to dismount.

Will it be available through the game like an in-game store or will we have to back out and go to the PS Store, download it, then go back in?
You can buy the Omega Dawn Booster Pack in both places; the PlayStation Store *and* at the Warhawk in-game store. When you buy Omega Dawn from the Warhawk in-game store, it’s very streamlined. You just pick the product from the list, download the content, it automatically installs and BAM, you’re good to go. You don’t even need to restart Warhawk.


“P_tear_griffin” Wants to know …

I can see how people can be kept out of the new map if they don’t buy it but what about the dropship on the old maps?
The v1.2 patch includes some new features for the server/game list. It allows you to see maps that you don’t have but Warhawk lets you know they are locked until you buy them. So if you don’t have Omega Dawn, you won’t be able to join server running an update dropship version of an older map.

Will the SCEA, SCEE and other dedicated servers indicate the need to purchase the new content before entering the server?
We have also added a very simple color code to the server list. Players will now see a Green, Yellow or Red dot next to the server name that shows that servers content status. For example: if you see a Green dot, your content matches perfectly with the content of the server. If you see a Yellow dot, you have some but not all of the content. If you see a Red dot, you have none of the content.

If you join a server that is running content that you don’t have, you will be allowed to join but prompted that you need the required content to join the game. We then allow the player to buy the expansion content right there once the server has determined what they need.

By the way Dylan, will we see new troop weapons in the near future?
Good question!! I can’t talk too much about it right now but let’s just say that there is some new stuff in the works for ground troops…and it will be FREE for all players!


“Bierbeer” Wants to know …

How about v1.2? I know the Omega Dawn is BIG but I’d like to know how 1.2 is progressing?
We’re done with both. The v1.2 patch comes out on December 19th at 10:00 GMT and the Omega Dawn Booster Pack will be released on December 20th.


“Eclipsed4utoo” Wants to know …

How will this effect CTF? Will the dropship be able to carry someone who has the flag? Will it be able to carry a vehicle that is carrying the flag?
It makes a huge difference!! First off, you *can* be in a ground vehicle with the flag when you get picked-up by a dropship. This really changes the way teams work together when playing CTF. Swooping in to pickup your teammate that’s under fire, and whisking him away to safety is awesome!

You can’t be a normal passenger in the dropship when you have the flag, just like a Warhawk. However, if your server is set to allow “FLY WITH FLAG” then you can, just like in any other normal Warhawk game.

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“Bhive01” Wants to know …

Ever consider doing a snow/mountain level?
Hmmm … snow you say?


“MotoX3style” Wants to know …

The question I have is, will someone be able to be in the vehicle while its being transported by the dropship?
YES – its one of the great things about the dropship. You can pickup tanks and 4×4 with players still in them!


“D1rk-Knight” Wants to know …

Is this pack being released in all PSN stores at once or will it be available only in the American store?
Very good question!! The Omega Dawn Booster-Pack will be available in all PlayStation Stores world-wide!


“Agriel” Wants to know …

Will we be seeing a world-wide release on this or will Europe have to wait?
Ahhh … there’s a trend emerging here! Europe will *NOT* have to wait. Warhawk is a global game and our v1.2 patch and Omega Dawn Booster-Pack is being released simultaneously world-wide. The v1.2 patch is being release at 10:00 GMT and the Booster Pack goes on sale December 20th. The specific hour of the Booster-Pack’s release varies from country to country but definitely on December 20th!


“Carl” Wants to know …

Do you have any idea how much this will cost in the United Kingdom?
YES – It will cost £3.99.

How big will the download be? I’m running short on HDD space at the moment?
The Warhawk v1.2 patch is 42MB and the Omega Dawn Booster-Pack is 143MB.


“JJ-F1” Wants to know …

If I purchase this expansion pack, will all users on my PS3 be able to access it or will it be limited to my (master) account?
If you purchased a Blu-ray version of Warhawk then *any* account can play just like you’ve always been able to. If you purchased Warhawk from the PlayStation Store, then you already know that you are required to use the account that purchased the game.


“AbandonAllHope” Wants to know …

Any chance of adding minimum rank limited servers in the booster or patch instead of just MAX rank?
YES – We are adding this in our v1.3 patch. I’ll discuss that more in a later post.


“SeanScythe2” Wants to know …

Are we going to have flashlights or something like that? Maybe spot lights to shine the sky?
NO – Sorry there are no flashlights or spotlights :-(


“Snowglobe” Wants to know …

You are going to make sure that the patch/content works on non-NA PS3s this time, aren’t you?
Ha…Yes of course!!! That wasn’t really the problem that we faced when the wrong European v1.1 patch was released but long story short … YES!

Have there been any additional fixes in the 1.2 patch or is it exactly the same stuff which was mentioned before?
The same fixes that we mentioned back in this blog post are the ones that you’ll all be seeing in the release of our v1.2 patch on December 19th.


“Hplcman” Wants to know …

What kind of defenses will the dropship have? I know it will have that cannon but what help would that be against a missile turret? Will there be a stealth mode for it? Can it pick up the same powerups as the Warhawks?
The Dropship is very powerful and has a lot of health. It also can acquire chaff pickups. It can carry 6 of them. Chaff and health are the only pickups that the Dropship can get.


“Kurtkbee” Wants to know …

Is it possible that we will see game with more than 32 players and also more official (ranked) servers?
You probably won’t see more that 32 player in Warhawk. On the topic of more servers, we monitor our Official server load very closely. Right now we’re keeping up with demand and if it looks like we ever aren’t keeping up, then we’ll look at supplementing our server cluster.


“Youlikeyams” Wants to know …

So I’m guessing America will get this a month before Europe?
Oh wow … this is a bad trend indeed!!! Everyone around the globe will get Warhawk Omega Dawn at the same time! :-)


“Byrd864” Wants to know …

When you enter the KT-424 as a passenger can you free roam in the ship? Or is it going to be like flying as a passenger in the Warhawk?
NO – it’s not like a capital ship with different rooms that you can walk around in. Size-wise, it’s about 4 times bigger than the Warhawk.

When you are a passenger, you get to control a swarm missile turret so that you can help defend the dropship and attack incoming aircraft and other targets.

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“Reson8er” Wants to know …

How will it work for those that do NOT download the content?
Players that choose not to purchase the Omega Dawn Booster-Pack can continue to enjoy the same fast-paced gameplay they have been for the last 4 months. However because they haven’t purchased the Booster-Pack, they won’t be able to play on any of the new Omega Dawn layouts or play with the dropship.


“heihachi vs. Kazuya” Wants to know …

As for this update any chance it will be free after awhile?
Well…I’m not the pricing guy so I couldn’t tell you. Sorry. I will say this though. Our patches like the v1.2 update that gives you new server features and new layouts will always be FREE. I’m a firm believer that an online game needs to continue to fix bugs and exploits but also add new value for the player community.

As far as Booster-Packs…again, I’m not the pricing guy but I gotta believe that we won’t be giving Booster-Packs away for free.


“gardea” Wants to know …

Are the dropships the big ships we saw when Warhawk was still in dev?
NO – those were very early capital ships that were from our singleplayer campaign…may it rest in peace :-)


“Darkflame588” Wants to know …

So, by the sound of “boss”, that means there will only be 1 per map?
There are at most 2 Dropships per map. The vast majority of the time players will see only 1 dropship at a time but sometimes, when the respawn timers are just in-sync and the battles have played out just right, you can get some really great dropship-on-dropship battles that last a long time.


“Wilester” Wants to know …

Is this December release for Europe as well or will it fall into 2008?
We take our European players very, very seriously. Actually, we take ALL our players very seriously that’s why we are launching our Booster-Pack simultaneously world-wide.


“Contractkilla” Wants to know …

My question is how will the dropship affect pure deathmatch games?
This is a very good question! The dropship had a very big impact on pure deathmatch games. So much so that we felt it was massively unbalanced so we disallow dropships in pure-deathmatch games.


“Kenshin001” Wants to know …

Will the downloadable content be region coded?
More or less yes…it’s not based on hardware region code, but based on the region where you purchased the game Warhawk. USA, Europe, Japan, etc.


“Cerberus_hunter” Wants to know …

Will Omega Dawn be released on Blu-ray?
NO – The Omega Dawn is available on the PlayStation Store only.

How long are you guys gonna keep making Warhawk Booster-Packs?
For billions and billions of years!! Ha…no seriously we’re not sure. As long as there is a market for it I think we should continue to develop them.


“Gamenut6659” Wants to know …

Is the tank glitch gonna be fixed?
YES – OMG! It was a problem that resulted in players being able to mount invisible turrets and warhawks too. It was a terrible exploit that is fixed in the v1.2 patch!!


“Canthor” Wants to know …

Will there be new extras like a set of night vision goggles?
There are no new night vision goggles, sorry. But as I alluded to earlier…we do have some new troop stuff in the works for our v1.3 update.

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//Add Your Own

270 Comments

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+ Gavi on December 18th, 2007 at 8:23 pm said:

Rumble support you say. I’m back in the game in that case. Been so busy with other games like GT5 Prologue, Folklore and Uncharted but I think it’s time to give WarHawk some attention. Appreciate your efforts to keep the community spirit alive.


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+ TeQuerra on December 18th, 2007 at 8:28 pm said:

This is just fantastic. I’m not even a fan of Warhawk but I love this update.


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+ Elsa43 on December 18th, 2007 at 8:42 pm said:

Wow!! I have to say I love how Dylan keeps us updated and answers all our questions!! I’m also really happy that this will all be released by Christmas so I can enjoy more Warhawking over the holidays!!

… but it’s just too bad that the PSN store still has no way to “gift” a purchase of the new booster pack to a friend. I have friends that may not pick up the booster pack and I would likely buy the pack for some of them… if there was a way to do it!

I’ll check out the purchase options directly from Warhawk… and maybe keep my fingers crossed that you’ve enabled some form of gifting option!!


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+ flankera on December 18th, 2007 at 8:46 pm said:

Is there anyway they can implement a party system like Call of Duty 4? I’ve got three friends who play also, and it’s hard to always get on the same team. That would be awesome


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+ ryuk on December 18th, 2007 at 8:49 pm said:

@ Dylan Jobe
How Many People Can Be In The DropShip at the same time? but when theres a jeep on the dropship how many can there be then?


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+ Lord_Von_Punx on December 18th, 2007 at 8:55 pm said:

i got a couple of ideas and questions.. will we ever get the carrier like in the dev trailer because i think it would be soo cool for people to land warhawks on it in the air. .and fight on it.. no one has to operate them they can go automaticly around..?

also i would love this.. if we could have the option to changes views for a first person view. like inside the warhawk.. the tank… and of course a trooper.. and also why cant we have like 64 players online? soo it looks at least likk it shows.. in the trailer with all the warhawks..?..

but of them all i would really like you guys to ponder about a first person view as a option thx


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+ byrd864 on December 18th, 2007 at 9:01 pm said:

hey my name is on there! how cool is that!

1. the PR ninja for sony needs to “go away”. The people want info on home. its called a blog people…use it. Quit mentioning it in random interviews!
2. snow, rain, weather! ive seen some good ideas passed around for maps. I hope you guys take them into consideration.
3. oh, and you guys can bring the capital ships back! make a map with like 6 capital ships on it…kinda like destroyed capital. 6 ships just out in the clouds over the ocean… Just a suggestion.


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+ PSPMAN07 on December 18th, 2007 at 9:12 pm said:

I can’t wait to play with the dropship. I can see now, if people can get some great teamwork fired up, the dropship, can pretty much demolish anything, Ground and Air :D.

Great work :D I’ll be downloading Omega Dawn


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+ PSPMAN07 on December 18th, 2007 at 9:18 pm said:

Oh, Dylan if you happens to read this, I have a question that I really didn’t see an answer to.

Just wanted to know, if vehicles latched on to the Dropship, for example a Tank, would it be allowed to use its cannon to fire at enemies on the ground?


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+ skunkworker on December 18th, 2007 at 9:39 pm said:

Are we going to ever see Custom Soundtracks? or at least be able to get the Friends list In-game so we can coordinate getting onto a server? As well as game invites.

Cause this would make warhawk just tons better, and online it would be spectacular.


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+ not-buying-incognito on December 18th, 2007 at 10:11 pm said:

skip the nickel and dime. and dive deep into my
pocket and try and pull out a hand full of dollars
YEAH RIGHT SON!!!!!! NOT BUYIN IT.


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+ not-buying-incognito on December 18th, 2007 at 10:17 pm said:

dYLAN JOBE you are a crook…… too late for this poopy expensive patch… give me a phone # so i can get a refund for your game!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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+ CrashSharc on December 18th, 2007 at 10:49 pm said:

Aahhhhh I’m flying out to my relatives the DAY this comes out! Darn you lazy guys at Incognito for not putting this out a day earlier lol! ;) I kid.

Happy holidays guys, thanks for this one. Definitely gonna play this in the new year!


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+ Kenshin001 on December 18th, 2007 at 11:17 pm said:

Dylan, thanks for the response. Unfortunately I live in Japan, have a US import copy of Warhawk and an Australian PSN account so unless I can get my Australian credit card to work on the US store it looks like I won’t be able to download the Omega pack. Gutted. Was really looking forward to this.


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+ Niko_9 on December 18th, 2007 at 11:25 pm said:

Can you answer this ? i am some one that my country dose not support the PS Store (Bahrain) … soo what can i do to get this pack ????


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+ Finalsquall on December 18th, 2007 at 11:33 pm said:

Will PAL receive OD same time?

Also, can we have friends/clan voice chat or voice chat parties… that would be the best :D


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+ Kxpuc27 on December 18th, 2007 at 11:40 pm said:

lol oddly enough making a map with a Tornado on it would be awesome. where it would move and/or disappear and reappear at random causing Warhawk’s/Milssles to stall if caught into em


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+ Lord_Von_Punx on December 18th, 2007 at 11:41 pm said:

ALSO GREAT WHEN IS THIS GAME GONNA BE REMOTE PLAY COMPATABLE.. ALSO YOU DIDNT ANSWER MY QUESTIONS YET?


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+ Clinton514 on December 19th, 2007 at 12:26 am said:

I’m still a bit upset about the Canadian pricing…yes I know you have no power of that. :P

But I’ll be purchasing this as soon as it touches down. Good job and congrats to you and your team Dylan for getting this pack & patch out to us! Keep up the good work.


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+ Ciscorucinski on December 19th, 2007 at 1:11 am said:

When I first heard about this game, I thought it was another boring looking game about aircrafts (Not a fan of them). Sorry Dylan.

But recently, with every warhawk blog, I have started to love this game. It looks amazing. Will you ever forgive me Dylan?

Sidenote: gotta like the country, until you realize there is no high speed internet there.


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+ bitbydeath on December 19th, 2007 at 1:17 am said:

Hi Dylan,

I hope it’s not too late to ask but is there any chance we can give Warhawk passengers parachutes.

I find it annoying to jump into a Warhawk the same time as someone else and then have to wait for them to die before i can play again.


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+ Herby on December 19th, 2007 at 2:21 am said:

Very Cool Thanks for the update.


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+ Gnob on December 19th, 2007 at 2:24 am said:

uh oh 2 am pacific and now patch


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+ Kedaro on December 19th, 2007 at 2:31 am said:

@121 bitbydeath

I completely agree with you, We should not have to fall victim to other’s stupidity, or noobishness, it counts as a stat in ranked games, but it’s a mishap that we can do nothing about… I think parachute or mini glider is a fair implementation, anyone from Incognito Inc. care to comment?


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+ LordOfRuin on December 19th, 2007 at 3:05 am said:

@121 bitbydeath & @124 kedaro, just get on your mic and ask the kindly pilot to drop you off somewhere useful. I often jump in a Warhawk and give a guy a lift to another one. Team work peoples.

If I may, I have a suggestion too. Seeing as people have been suggesting new maps like snow and capital ships in the sky, perhaps I could add the following. Jungle, with roads and clearings for bases. A full on town or city with limited open areas. A vast (sounds like a pirate) gentle map that feels like rolling open plains. Two beaches facing each other from either end of the map, something like the English Channel, just closer (maybe with boats?). Gunboats!

Right then, that’ll do for now.

Except I’d like a Tron outfit for my soldier. My girlfriend is reading over my shoulder and suggests for a little fun, that when it’s our birthday, our soldier has the indignity of running around in his birthday suit. How funny would that be? Ha ha ha! “Yeah, anyway, silly girl, I’m a bloke, I don’t want to see my little man’s bum.”


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+ jake484 on December 19th, 2007 at 3:46 am said:

i have downloaded the v1.2 patch so what’s new on the ground troops? it looks the same


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+ D1rk-Knight on December 19th, 2007 at 4:02 am said:

@jake484

the changes for the troops will be in the patch 1.3V not in 1.2V


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+ jake484 on December 19th, 2007 at 4:03 am said:

ohw sorry my bad:P


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+ snowglobe on December 19th, 2007 at 4:25 am said:

when you say a “safe” place to dismount, is that excluding mountaintops which you’re able to dismount on using a warhawk? keeping with the dismount topic are there any plans to “fix” it, or is fair play?


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+ bitbydeath on December 19th, 2007 at 4:42 am said:

@125, i don’t have a mic setup, yep i’m one of those people. I do have a mic but for some reason it isn’t setting up properly and freezes my PS3 when i try connect it, it’s a Blueant X5, should’ve just gotten the Warhawk pack from the store rather than the download


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+ Deman on December 19th, 2007 at 5:16 am said:

Nice!
I am gonna download this as soon as I can today (The Patch) and The expansion (Omega Dawn).


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+ ultrasur1 on December 19th, 2007 at 5:43 am said:

great job. your work and dedication to the community is greatly appreciated. thanks for putting out a great game. i look forward to this update and many more!


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+ wesley on December 19th, 2007 at 6:00 am said:

Ahhh … there’s a trend emerging here! Europe will *NOT* have to wait. Warhawk is a global game and our v1.2 patch and Omega Dawn Booster-Pack is being released simultaneously world-wide. The v1.2 patch is being release at 10:00 GMT and the Booster Pack goes on sale December 20th. The specific hour of the Booster-Pack’s release varies from country to country but definitely on December 20th!

you lieër
europe have to wait again


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+ AlucardXtreme on December 19th, 2007 at 6:07 am said:

I don’t know if somebody already asked it, but will you include a parachute in one of the next patches?
I hate being in a Warhawk with a friend who can’t fly and can’t jump out when I want.

besides that, awsome game, thank you very much


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+ Davitr0n on December 19th, 2007 at 6:13 am said:

You had me at Dropship on Dropship action. :P

I can’t wait to get this expansion. Also, I might have to import a rumble controller now, because I don’t know if I will be able to wait.


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+ JJ-F1 on December 19th, 2007 at 6:28 am said:

Thanks for answering my question Dylan. I appreciate it. Actually, thanks for listening to the community and taking the time to answer as many of the questions as you did.

Great job on maintaining and expanding the game, keep up the good work!


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+ REBELYELL89 on December 19th, 2007 at 6:33 am said:

so with the dropship anyone know if there going to be new dropship medals as such ?


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+ D1rk-Knight on December 19th, 2007 at 6:49 am said:

@133-wesley

Why are you saying that? I already downloaded the patch v1.2 before more than 2 hours, so what your reason to said that he is a liar?!


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+ Reluctant Hero on December 19th, 2007 at 6:51 am said:

Well I turned on Warhawk this morning to see if I could update and I could. But I was surprised to see that I logged in the Warhawk servers I was told that Omega Dawn booster pack is available a day early!

I’m downloading it right now! I’m currently at 76% completion. Awesome, can’t wait to try out the dropship and the new map!


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+ wesley on December 19th, 2007 at 7:16 am said:

@D1rk-Knigh
yea the update but im talking about the booster pack


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+ r-nice on December 19th, 2007 at 7:33 am said:

The only thing this game is really missing is a party system, like kittonwy said above. That would make this game more enjoyable.


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+ sequoia on December 19th, 2007 at 7:33 am said:

Just saying thanks for the new content (got the booster, and exploring the new map, huge!), as well as being so open and straightforward to all of us. Very refreshing to have someone taking the time to always keep us up to date on things and who takes the time to answer so many questions…a model all developers should follow.

Happy holidays to you and all the hard workers at Incognito!


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+ lonesn1per on December 19th, 2007 at 7:58 am said:

how about some sort of a parachute?
or parachute pick up?

im tired of accidentally jumping into a warhawk only to realize that someone was in there and takes off, im flying around with this guy for minutes before exploding.

and are there plans for boats?

but your probably going to tell me to wait for v1.3, just give parachutes a thought.


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+ Loucetios on December 19th, 2007 at 7:59 am said:

is it me or is there no official servers for the omega factory yet? i mean if you check, they are all made by us


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+ D1rk-Knight on December 19th, 2007 at 8:06 am said:

@wesley

My friend please be patient we still in 19th December & he said 20th December, you can’t he is a liar since the day hasn’t arrived yet.

by the way I hope we meet in the game & have some together. :)


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+ snowglobe on December 19th, 2007 at 8:13 am said:

@145: it’s because the booster pack isn’t officially out yet. I’m guessing that when it’s released the servers will restart with the new map or new servers will be brought online.


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+ Loucetios on December 19th, 2007 at 8:14 am said:

@ 147

I guess so but is the fact the booster is avaible to purchase a bug like with patch 1.1 last time or was it on purpose? because i have it and tons of others do


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+ mjolkchoklad on December 19th, 2007 at 8:54 am said:

Are the dropships locked to the teams or can a Eucadian soldier sneak into the Chrenoval base and grab their dropship?


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+ Elsa43 on December 19th, 2007 at 9:01 am said:

Just a note, and maybe it was just me… but I did the update, then purchased and downloaded the booster pack from the game – it failed to install and I had to re-download it from my PSN store (from the downloaded games section, so I didn’t have to pay for it again)… it worked just fine from the PSN store.

I’m a little disappointed that there is no gifting option… you’ll lose out on a bunch of potential sales, and I’m also disappointed that they charged $1.00 more for the Canadian download (what … extra shipping costs?? Where’s the added expense????) – but all in all, I’ve checked out the new maps and you guys did an AWESOME job!!! I love it! :)


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+ BurningLance on December 19th, 2007 at 9:26 am said:

this is gonna be so AWSOME.

tomorrow the booster pack is mine then im gonna have a blast by shooting down the dropships and testing how much they can take of damage from each weapon point blank except pistol of course.

brilliant job Dylan and to the other guys who made the game and MERRY CHRISTMAS to all.


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