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Warhawk v1.3 Patch details

Dylan Jobe's Avatar + Posted by Dylan Jobe on Feb 15, 2008 // President, LightBox Interactive

I’m excited to announce our new, and FREE, update for Warhawk – the v1.3 Patch!

There are 5 key additions in this update that add a ton of value for our current and future Warhawk players. First, I’ll cover the 2 new troop items that we are adding to the game.

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So far, Warhawk players have logged over 7.3 million hours of gameplay and have scored over 206 million kills! And during this time, we’ve keenly observed the battles, looking for opportunities for us to further balance Warhawk’s gameplay and over-arching “combat economy”. The result of our observations comes in the form of two upgrades for ground troops – to help promote teamwork, lengthen troop lifespan, and expand Warhawk’s fast-paced, emergent gameplay that players around the world have come to love.

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This is gonna be a long post and I want to give you all a rundown of the new equipment but I can’t ramble on for pages about it so I’ll just write a quick summary here. I can always follow-up with you guys later in the comments….you know how I love to respond to comments :-)

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#1 Mechanic’s Field Wrench:

As you might expect, this piece of equipment is used to repair vehicles. Once you get the pickup, you swing it just like the combat blade. Then, just walk up to, or onto an allied vehicle and “whack” it with the wrench. It repairs wicked fast so it’s very effectively during combat. On the offensive side, not only is it still a one-hit-kill against troops, but it can be used to damage enemy vehicles as well!

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#2 Bio-Field Generator:

To use a Bio-Field, grab the pick up and throw it down like a proximity mine. It sticks to walls, ceilings, anything…including vehicles. Then, if any ally stands within its bio-reactive field, his health will quickly regen. Alternatively, and this is where some neat tactics emerge, if an enemy walks into the bio-field (yes, bio-fields are color coded), they’ll take damage – their lungs sizzling like bacon….mmmmm bacon.

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This new equipment makes life as a ground troop more balanced, and we’re really looking forward to seeing how the battlefield changes once the patch is released!

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#3 HOME Game Launching:

Yeah Baby…So our HOME integration is coming along nicely and this update includes a great, and much needed feature for Warhawk. With the release of v1.3 patch, players will be able to form groups, meet in their apartments, discuss tactics, and then launch a game of Warhawk…all together!

When you’re in your apartment, all you do is whip-out your virtual PSP, select ‘create game’ and pick Warhawk. From there, you get to start your own player server, pick a game rotation, set server options and then…BAM !! Launch Warhawk with all of your friends!! You can also pick to not make your game viewable to the other Warhawk players around the world, or you can make it a ‘public’ game that puts all of your friends into the server together, and leaves open slots for other global Warhawk players join.

Games launched from HOME show up in the global games list in an attactive gold color.

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Now this is just the beginning of what we’re gonna to be doing with HOME and there’s some really neat stuff on the horizon. I’d love to show you more of the cool HOME stuff that we’re working on but I suspect I’d get a PR-shank to the spine…or possibly a lung.

So I gotta say that I’m actually super relieved that we’re putting in *REAL* legit value for players and *NOT* making HOME a portal for SONY to jam branding and marketing schwag down player’s throats!

As a gamer, I’m excited *and* relieved to see the direction HOME is taking.

#4 New VOIP Options:

We have also received a lot of feedback about VOIP stuff. There were a couple of features that players really wanted, and hopefully this gives them a big chunk of their crazy, crazy VOIP desires. :-P

We now allow players to select between PTT and Open-Mic. Players can also tune the voice-activation level so they don’t accidentally broadcast their girlfriend or boyfriend blabbering-on in the background. Players also now get to more clearly see who’s talking. It’s displayed on the right side of the screen. And yes, the picture below is correct. We also now support an “all-talk” server option so that you can enable cross-team trash talk.

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What else…oh yeah, we now display which player is speaking at the score screen too. And…we let you pick players from the score screen to mute/un-mute their VOIP.

#5 New Paint Schemes & Insignias:

If you’re an avid Warhawk player and/or read this blog with any regularity, then you know that we are sponsoring a contest that allows players to submit their own, custom, paint schemes for the Nemesis and Warhawk. We’re also allowing players to submit custom insignias too. We’ll be picking the winners and including these new customizations with the v1.3 patch.

Now I’m not posting these because they have already won…but these are some neat designs and I wanted the blog readers to see some of the great paint schemes that have been coming in.

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And one last thing…we want insignias too. Send us your insignias…and please DO NOT just scan something out of a magazine. Seriously!

Well that’s it for now, there are some other features in the new patch too, like some new server options, but we’re not sure if we’re going to ship them or not. They need more play testing.

So this patch is a big update for Warhawk: New troop equipment, HOME Game Launching, VOIP updates and player-created customizations!

~guy in back of room yells “yeah, yeah….but when’s it coming out”~

We’re testing the Warhawk v1.3 patch right now and we’ll update you on timing in another post. Sorry I can’t be more specific…you know how it goes. As soon as I have the “official” release date, I’ll let everyone know.

As always…
rock on

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+ WaRhAwKgEnErAl on March 5th, 2008 at 12:34 pm said:

Yes i know there is no info on the “War room” on my site.. that is because the affiliate did not leak any info on this prt of the subject. Partly because its not part of warhawk.. its part of home.. and i did a little bit on the patch section on the navigation bar.. thank you for joining my site by the way… it is not my fault that you have to put personal info.. you could have put fake info.. and #2 this is a site created by me on wetpaint.com which is a site where you can create free websites.. kinda like myspace in a way.. but the personal info is required by them.. i put fake info in my self because i feel the same as you about that subject. thankyou


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+ soujiroh on March 6th, 2008 at 11:39 am said:

this is so kool, i cant wait till it comes out. cross talking is gonna be hecka fun. woot i play warhawk alot and its the bestest game i ever played. thanx foe the upcoming update. go warhawkers!!!!!


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+ JaKIS2CoL on March 6th, 2008 at 12:22 pm said:

Pleeeeaaassseee make Warhawk 2!!! Pleaaasssee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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+ WaRhAwKgEnErAl on March 7th, 2008 at 10:44 am said:

umm incase your a complete dumbass… this is warhawk 2… warhawk 1 was invented back in the 80s lol


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+ Greatheart on March 7th, 2008 at 2:54 pm said:

Uh… that is like saying that Batman Begins is Batman 5. This is a remake not a sequal.


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+ directlink08 on March 7th, 2008 at 3:28 pm said:

Um, I noticed that you only keep the good commnets about Warhawk on the blog page. well there is some bad news, that you have probably heard a million times, from a milliion different people! Well, I have an account file that has been expunged. The only thing that I could have done wrong, was done a “flag toss”, which can only get a person’s points to rank up. There is no law against this! If you have a problem with people “flag tossing”, then you can fix the glitch some how. This is very improfessional that you are letting there be a glitch in the game, and not do a thing about it. I am not sure if the Moderators for this game are slow or something, but I am threatening to take action, unless i get my stats for WH back, or if this problem isn’t fixed SOON! Please email me as quick as possible about how you are going to fix this matter about WH, unless you want your game to get bad credits.


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+ WaRhAwKgEnErAl on March 7th, 2008 at 4:20 pm said:

Yeah well maybe you sjhouldnt do the flippin cheat dumbass… holy crap… r u flipn retarded or something… its call Warhawk arbiters who look out for cheaters like you.. they delete your stats because u were cheating.. maybe next time u shouldnt do that huh


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+ WaRhAwKgEnErAl on March 7th, 2008 at 4:23 pm said:

PS like someones gonna listen to a flipn cheater.. what r u gonna do by taking action..? Put it back on your bookshelf untill you get what you want by being a cheater..?


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+ directlink08 on March 7th, 2008 at 7:41 pm said:

what man? do you work for the company who makes warhawk or something? Listen here damn it and im not gonna say it again. Get rid of the glitch. until then, it should be fine. before you click “accept” in terms and conditions before going online, it should say “do not flagtoss or you’re stinkin stats will go bye bye” It is technically not cheating, unless there is a warning for it. The glitch should be gotten rid of in the first place. There is no argument. Even if you may have worked for your stats, you should have been smart and done whats easier. Technically, you’re a nutjob!


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+ directlink08 on March 7th, 2008 at 7:42 pm said:

ps: no hard feelings


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+ warhawk_17 on March 8th, 2008 at 8:00 am said:

direct … ur a stat padder … no1 likes cheaters … u deserved what u got … and if u read the blogs and rules at the site .. and ps3 site u would know that ”tossing the flag” a.k.a Stat padding is CHEATING … want me 2 spell it out ? … just because u can’t rank up the normal way doesn’t give u the right 2 get mad when u get ur sats erased by an arbiter …. im glad u got ur stats erased cuz its stat padders like u that ruins the game for every other legit player


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+ WaRhAwKgEnErAl on March 8th, 2008 at 8:35 am said:

no technically ur the dumbest person ive ever met… ur a stat padder u got caught and you upset so ur being a retard… oh yeah and like yoou said.. “dont stat pad or stats go bye bye..” yeah well i wonder what that means [DELETED] .. do u even have a brain? I dont work for SCEA im a regular person who owns a website that i posted up a couple pages.. and technically yeah it is cheating… maybe if u graduated from kindergarden “padding” = cheating.. i agree the cheat should be fixed.. but then people like you will go around being a retard yelling for their mommy like there doing right now.. i got my stats the hard way and every stat padder in my site dies! oh yeah and for my big finish… technically your the dumbest [DELETED] crying [DELETED] ive ever met..


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+ WaRhAwKgEnErAl on March 8th, 2008 at 8:37 am said:

well thankyou warhawk_17 for saying my words for me.. and direct go f@#$ yourself dumbass


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+ directlink08 on March 8th, 2008 at 2:03 pm said:

Why the f@#$ do you commit yourselves too much to warhawk you fruitcup? you should be sta@$ed if you can stat pad, then you may stat pad! Go tweedle your baked beans in some other country you bleeding heart liberals!


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+ directlink08 on March 8th, 2008 at 2:05 pm said:

EVERYONE, THIS IS A CONSPIRACY! HELP YOURSELVES, STAT PADDING IS ALLOWED, OTHERWISE YOU WOULDN’T BE ABLE TO RECIEVE POINTS FOR RETURNING THE FLAG! WHOSE WITH ME? I AM ALL KNOWING!


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+ WaRhAwKgEnErAl on March 8th, 2008 at 4:21 pm said:

well.. #1 im not withyou because your the dumbest person on the face of the earth…. and maybe if you even knew what the word “conspiracy” ment you would have atleast 1 person… ive explaned this almsot 10 times in the past week and this is gonna be my last.. THEY CANNOT FIX IT!! BECAUSE IF A PERSON WERE TO TOS THE FLAG TO A TEAMMATE THEY NEED TO! THATS WHY THEY INVENTED WARHAWK ARBITERS! now if you have any more arguments with me you are a complete dumbass WERE RIGHT YOUR WRONG! U KNOW IT AND SO DOESEVERY ONE ELSE HERE!


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+ WaRhAwKgEnErAl on March 8th, 2008 at 4:24 pm said:

PS– EVERYONE HATES STAT PADDERS JUST LIKE EVERYONE HATES DUMBASSES… you got 2 faults on u… i take it u probaply have no life, no freinds, no wife/girlfreind..


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+ directlink08 on March 8th, 2008 at 5:32 pm said:

man just shut up aight?


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+ WaRhAwKgEnErAl on March 9th, 2008 at 7:39 am said:

no im telling the flipn stat padder to shut up and stop whining cuz he cheated and lost his stats.. maybe he shouldnt do that… hes a flipn retard


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+ dreadknot on March 9th, 2008 at 3:22 pm said:

Dude, I’ve got an idea for warhawk, and its totally only an idea, and Im sure its most likely been mentioned like 92348732 times prior BUT… anyways, You know how in that game Battlefield 2 where you can join squads and have alpha team, bravo team, delta, charlie and so on? Well I thought It’d be crazy if you could spawn with your squad leader as long as he’s still alive. I recall hearing in a Warhawk trailer that the game was built from the ground up to allow integration of new things such as skins weapons and vehicles, and thats been made clear with Omega Dawn and the dropship and it will once again with this new patch. But it would just be sooo crazy if squad features could be added to warhawk to give it a more “tactical warfare” like sense.


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+ goldpc on March 9th, 2008 at 3:51 pm said:

My serious hate about this game is Dh’S that host a game and kick you if you are better that them which isnt hard. Change the game so there must be a good reason to kick someone.


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+ goldpc on March 9th, 2008 at 3:57 pm said:

My serious hate about this game is Dh’S that host a game and kick you if you are better than them which isnt hard. Change the game so there must be a good reason to kick someone

Sorry for typo


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+ Gregero on March 9th, 2008 at 5:35 pm said:

A team vote would be cool to say who gets kicked or not. I’ve also had my share of time getting kicked from a room simply because I was doing what I was supposed to do.


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+ WaRhAwKgEnErAl on March 10th, 2008 at 6:41 am said:

Yup me too.. BUT sometimes it is because ur jerk’n off or its because the hosts freind/family etc. joining in and they have t okick you… my brother does this because he lives on the other side of the world so he NEEDS to kick someone.. i do agree on team vote BUT i also agree on if they could.. #1 make it so retardeds cant kill you when you in pause.. #2 if you could use the sony on-screen keyboard and put exactly why they kick you, #3 goes through sony and if the kick statement/ ban is good and not [DELETED] like kicking because your way to good for me it wont register. Sound like an idea? I’ve had this problem several times because im VERY good with binoculars/snipers/dogfights/tanks and mostly tanks cause i invade their base with about 4 other tanks


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+ SolidScorp on March 11th, 2008 at 3:15 am said:

Thank you for everything,,
Can’t Wait…

Although it might be a dull suggestion, but a would like that the air strike binoculars would stay even if you are out of strikes or (AMMO:)) because they are very useful in recon,

Plus all the great ideas every one is contributing,,

so,

Binoculars for reconnaissance,,

Chow..


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+ Greatheart on March 11th, 2008 at 8:50 am said:

@SolidScorp
That is a good idea though I usually die before I use all of it’s ammo. Of course, that is usually because I am usually rushing in to grab the flag.


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+ DavidScott on March 13th, 2008 at 5:14 pm said:

Looks crazy awesome. I wonder how big that bio field is, and if you can attach it to vehicles or not? I’m thinkin of some crazy combos right now. Also, I wonder how you select it? Does it take the place of the land mine? Crazy excited either way.


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+ Greatheart on March 14th, 2008 at 8:31 am said:

Why does everyone act as if Sony is going to sneak Home into the Playstation. They are going to make a big deal about Playstation Homes launch; they are not going to try to hide it. The new Home features for Warhawk are for the upcoming open beta of Home. It will allow beta users to try out the Home game launch system. Trust me; when Playstation Home is going to launch, you will know about it. Especially if you read these blogs.


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+ josh995 on March 14th, 2008 at 6:36 pm said:

I have a question, and I’m not sure if it’s been asked or answered. I tried reading all of Dylans feedback, but got tired after page 3. :P

Will the open mic be in the official servers? I hope not, would hate to have to constantly mute annoying people in them :(


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+ goldpc on March 15th, 2008 at 4:35 pm said:

Another issue thats needs to be addressed is DH’s that continually fire at you on the same team. They must have something missing up stairs


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