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Warhawk v1.5 Update “Free Never Gets Old!”

Dylan Jobe's Avatar + Posted by Dylan Jobe on Aug 11, 2008 // President, LightBox Interactive

In our ever-changing world, a world where Brett Favre is now a Jet, things can happen very quickly! So it should be expected that another FREE Warhawk Update be released with equal quickness! :-)

OMG…he’s a Jet…I still can’t get over it but, whatever.

We just released our v1.4 Update a month ago and we’re ready to upgrade our players to the latest version–Warhawk v1.5 which is tentatively scheduled for release on August 27th. We’re currently in the final phase of global Sony certification testing and all is looking good so far!

“Tell us Dylan…What’s in the latest Update???”

Custom In-Game Music

This feature was asked for by a bazillion players! Now players can use the XMB music player to play their own custom music. Warhawk will also detect if you are using the XMB player and automatically disable the in-game Warhawk music. Convenience for the win!

XMB Trophies

I have talked about this several times before so this is by no means new-news…especially with the recent leak of our full trophy list – gotta love the internets. BTW, the team and I are really flattered that someone would risk their job to leak confidential info about our game — Makes us feel good in a weird kinda way.

Anyhoo….

There are 56 trophies included in the Warhawk v1.5 Update. These also include trophies for the booster packs, some of the trophies are, or rather *were*, hidden and some are retroactive based on your server-side stats. Here are just a few of the trophies that are included.

Warhawh - XMB trophies

Training Tutorials

As more and more people join the Warhawk community, we are seeing an even greater difference between skill-levels than ever before. New Warhawk players had to go online in order to learn the game and, invariably, they would encounter enemy players that were, shall we say, not too kind to newbies :) This made it really hard for players to learn the ropes, get familiar with the controls, weapons, etc.

So…The new v1.5 Update includes 4 very simple tutorials that can be played off-line. Each one focuses on the core principals of each of the 3 modes of gameplay: Infantry, Ground Vehicles and Aircraft. Now these tutorials are very, very simple and It wouldn’t surprise me if some of our more hardcore players find them way too pedestrian. But we’re looking to help the *new* player, a player that may not be that familiar with Warhawk or the shooter genre. These tutorials are an invaluable help to a newbie!!!

Warhawk - Drone_1

After completing each of the 3 core tutorials a trophy is unlocked – a nice incentive for new players and, well…all you avid Warhawk players can think of them as “easy-money”.

The forth training tutorial, “Flight Practice” is intended to be replayed over and over again, and help players get familiar with the most rewarding, and most challenging of the 3 gameplay modes: Piloting Aircraft!

In this one, you are tasked with destroying as many attack drones as possible in 3 minutes. These simple, hovering turrets fire swarm missiles at you as you practice flying and “scrubbing” missiles. This tutorial is a huge help for new players by giving them a safe, offline way to practice their piloting skills.

Now I know that there are many players out there that often engage in 1v1 dogfights for fun and bragging rights. And while these tutorials are way, way below your skill-level, you may find it fun to do “speed-runs” and compare kill counts.

Warhwak - Drone_2

Retract Clan Invites

Another feature that players, or more specifically, clan-leaders have asked for, is the ability to retract a clan invite that they have sent to a player. For whatever reason, that player maybe never responded to the invite, was being a…a…what’s a blog-safe term that I won’t get in trouble for using??? How about “tool”, yes I’ll use the term tool. So if a player is being a tool and just camping on your invite…you can pull it back. This is important to clan admins because there is a fixed number of clan invites (64) that an admin can have pending at any one time.

New Paint Schemes & Insignias

Awhile ago you all may recall that we held a competition in the USA where players could submit their own Warhawk and Nemesis paint schemes. We selected the 20 best ones and integrated them with the v1.3 update. Well, we held another competition but this time for our players in Europe. We got some great submissions for paint schemes and insignias, and we’re glad to show you all the winners! All of these, the 20 new paint schemes and 50 new insignias are included in the v1.5 update and of course they are free as are all of our updates.

Warhawk - SCEE PaintSchemeWinners_Small

Warhawk - SCEE InsigniaWinners

GGL Ceremonial Blades

The GGL recently held a Warhawk tournament and you probably saw the post from our Sr. Producer at SCEA, Harvard Bonin. Below is an image of the new GGL-Ceremonial Knife that participants in the GGL tournament will receive automatically when the v1.5 update is released. You don’t have to do anything to enable it…the global Warhawk server knows if you were in the tournament and will auto-grant you the award.

Warhawk - GGL_01

Warhawk - GGL_02

For you members ARMED^ASSASSIN’s, the next time you player after the v1.5 update is released, your infantry combat blade will be replaced by the Champion’s Blade (seen below) and you’ll be the only players on the planet with this item!

What’s more fun than a Trophy that you can beat someone with? – I submit…NOTHING :)

“Rookie” Server Color-Coding

We also have added an attractive green color to all official “rookie” server names in the server list. Players that are eligible to play on rookie servers will find these servers sorted to the top of the list automagically for easy selection.

To recap the color coding, Blue servers are official Sony hosted servers, Yellow servers are games launched from HOME, and Green servers are reserved for “rookies”.

We have also fixed the exploit that allowed some players to host unlimited flag capture games, get underneath and into the battlefield and act like….like tools. We also fixed the issue with Quick Join that required you to have stats previously posted in order for it to work properly, and a few other items…ohh yeah, and the 1-minute farming of the Winning Team Ribbon has been fixed. Oh…and one more thing, we are going to be rolling-out version checking on the EULA and announcements so if you have already seen them and they haven’t changed, Warhawk will automatically bypass those screens for you.

Some of you may have read some rumors about our next Booster Pack…I can neither confirm nor deny anything…at least for right now :) Keep your eyes peeled for an update here on the blog and the media coverage at Leipzig which is right around the corner!!!

Last hint…and this is an easy one:

With one of these equipped, a soldier can escape quickly…even bail out if needed!

As always – Rock on!

-dylan

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+ Gunwing on August 11th, 2008 at 2:43 pm said:

OMG! That last hint must mean we get a parachute!? Or a Jet pack of some type! WOW! I will have to play this game some more! Great news! Also it’s nice that this update gives us more then like 12-13 trophies to go for!

Most developers are being fickle and only updateing their games with 10-20 trophies and save the real big lists for their next games.

Nice to see WarHawk getting good treatment after the last update that almost completely killed off ZONEs as a gametype online almost nobody was runing ZONEs servers, and on top of that nobody was playing them eathier!


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+ devel on August 11th, 2008 at 2:47 pm said:

The second nemesis from the last Row’s my Skin! Thank you Warhawk team! Gonna Cruise the skies my own style. :D :D


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+ blkant on August 11th, 2008 at 2:47 pm said:

i forgot to ask/mention about the characters we saw at e3 demo of warhawk, even if they can’t be introduced via, maybe they can be separate dlc? i would greatly appreciate it, cause the one im looking at would only really be a upper body add on and head add on, thank you very much for your support thus far =)


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+ Jaredu on August 11th, 2008 at 2:49 pm said:

Wow, I must say I’m impressed.

It’s a lot more than I was expecting, and with the updates being so close together, it’s certainly great for players.

I personally look forward to the update, and hope to continue playing warhawk some more. I’ve got both the expansions, and I’m eagerly awaiting the third :D

Currently catching up on some RPG’s, but in-game music should definately help out! (Great for those times hiding and sniping, when no sound is playing >.<)

Cheers Dylan, and hope to see you in person someday :)


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+ FuZuSa on August 11th, 2008 at 2:50 pm said:

please tell me that whatever it is jetpacks or parachutes that the pilot whose driving the plane wont be able to use it to bail out right before someone kills him cus then its gonna be impossible to get any Air 2 air kills cus everyone is gonna bail out as soon as they get hit by a homing missle so this should only be available to the passanger in the air craft


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+ omaR77 on August 11th, 2008 at 2:50 pm said:

would a be a good possibility to have female characters just to be different from others ?please


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+ nas2344 on August 11th, 2008 at 2:55 pm said:

yeah this is amazing! all the support that 1st party developers throw at there games is incredible!


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+ Conrad Max on August 11th, 2008 at 2:59 pm said:

Great going! Thank you for the good news. Also, I can finally take flying lessons!


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+ mgillespie on August 11th, 2008 at 3:00 pm said:

Now I could be adding 4 and 4 and getting 9, but I think there is at least a couple of hints, that the next booster pack will be Home support, and we will get official confirmation at Leipzig in a couple of weeks time…


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+ babybluedb on August 11th, 2008 at 3:02 pm said:

Thank you for bringing such a great game to the PLAYSTATION community and with its prolonged updates to make it all the while a better exprience.

also it would be nice if you could put in parachutes for us to bail out of our warhawks when we have 8 swam missiles on our tail no excapeing that.

like some one said it would also be nice to break down the invisable wall on buildings so we can use them and let us go inside them

thanks now im off to play warhawk seriously i am


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+ Captain Fury on August 11th, 2008 at 3:06 pm said:

hey Dylan any chance for a Japan paint job contest…I would like to see what they bring to the table :)


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+ Netweb on August 11th, 2008 at 3:08 pm said:

This Is Living! :D


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+ knowledge22 on August 11th, 2008 at 3:11 pm said:

Sounds nasty!

I can’t wait for this. I’ve fallen off on Warhawk as of late and I think that this is exactly what I need to get back into it!

Will there be any more tournaments? Do you have to be in a clan to take part?

I want one of those knives!


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+ shika.1983 on August 11th, 2008 at 3:13 pm said:

Good update Dylan & co

I haven’t read the 160 odd posts but there is no mention of updating the WH buddy list to 100 as per the friend list on your blog

Also

Can we have a badge for getting 1000 APC kills pleeeeeeeeassssssssssseeeeeeee


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+ deadxbabiesxinc on August 11th, 2008 at 3:14 pm said:

wow…only thing I gotta say is…SICK!!!!!! \m/


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+ madman32395 on August 11th, 2008 at 3:23 pm said:

yea why dont we have parashoots? that would be the best thing other than 1.5


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+ frostquake on August 11th, 2008 at 3:33 pm said:

I still want AI Bots to play against offline….Sad But true, but all my tiny zebra hearts still quiver for the hope of this shining update some day soon
“SPPOOOOOOOOOOOOONN”
psn:frostquake


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+ LoadedScorpion on August 11th, 2008 at 3:39 pm said:

I am all for the awesome new features but please fix the mic problem Dylan!!! It really sux when you have to reboot the PS3 after every couple of games to make it work.
Hopefully its already getting fixed in this update else

PLEASE FIX THE MIC PROBLEM!!!!
PLEASE FIX THE MIC PROBLEM!!!!
PLEASE FIX THE MIC PROBLEM!!!!
PLEASE FIX THE MIC PROBLEM!!!!


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+ bitbydeath on August 11th, 2008 at 3:42 pm said:

@Dylan

Will Jetpacks be faster or slower than a Warhawk?

PS. Great update guys, loving the continued support for this already awesome game.


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+ julianmj on August 11th, 2008 at 3:43 pm said:

I just got Warhawk today, but I will be waiting for trophies to play it and enjoy it to the fullest.

An awesome update for a Great game and the best part…it’s free.

Thank you guys!!!.


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+ Presto on August 11th, 2008 at 3:46 pm said:

This is great! I love Warhawk, and I have Omega Dawn and Broke Mirror. I can’t wait for update 1.5 and that new map. :D


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+ lildragon on August 11th, 2008 at 3:50 pm said:

I must say, this update has sold me on Warkhawk (finally) what really did it for me was the offline training modes, as I got my ps3 earlier this year I would be well behind the 8-ball if I got this. In addition to the fact I have limited time to play online theses days, so it would royally sucked to be skooled everytime like my buddy at work.

Kudos to the team!


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+ THATPSPGUY on August 11th, 2008 at 3:58 pm said:

JET PACKS!!!JET PACKS!!!JET PACKS!!!
Please say it IS so!! You know the clue about the football player being a Jet. In game music, SWEET GUYS/GALS of Incognito Thank You. I must say that when people talk about other companies keeping with updates they hardly mention the Folks with The Best Game for the PS3 so far. I sure hope there are Jet Packs. That would mean that you really DO listen.
(wish there was an edit window to put italics on the DO)
Bypassing the screens and messages means faster entry into gameplay. Thank you thank you thank you.
Great news and can’t wait.
Also at Poster #1
Why did you ever stop playing Warhawk?


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+ mcann07 on August 11th, 2008 at 3:58 pm said:

great update, lots more than i was expecting,and the training will help loads out, 10 of my freinds quit warhawk because they got owned everytime they tried to play it.

but there is one more thing i would like to see in warhawk, and didnt know how to get it across to the ppl who made it until now, is, designs on jeeps and tanks would be cool.

thanks again for a great update


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+ NEJI64 on August 11th, 2008 at 4:01 pm said:

The updates and the new layouts be well done. a wrench was add which i think was crazy but i still can’t believe a shotgun pump wasn’t added yet. a new type of machine gun and rpg would be nice to. well let me say this a new weapon upgrade should be add to to the ones thats there now


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+ afrosheen on August 11th, 2008 at 4:02 pm said:

You guys couldn’t rock any harder. Jetpacks/parachutes, balancing, XMB music that auto disables the Warhawk music.

I mean seriously, can any devs even come close to the love you pour into this game? It’s a launch title for pete’s sake.

I had 2 friends that love gaming online buy it last week. They were tired of glitching, lagging, unsupported BFBC. Needless to say we have alot of fun just having private deathmatch dogfights while they learn the controls. They’re getting dangerous and they’re getting rewarded on the 27th.

Thanks alot Dylan, and your crew. You really set the bar too high for any dev these days.


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+ devel on August 11th, 2008 at 4:04 pm said:

@169 Slower obvious. At least a little Slower than Dropship in Gunfire Mode. Or Else would be too OP. And Hard to Get the Bug Trophy.


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+ THATPSPGUY on August 11th, 2008 at 4:09 pm said:

Oh Dylan one more thing. Can you folks make a Canadian site to choose at the main Warhawk™ site? If it’s not too big a thing. Just would make us feel connected with you folk.

JETPACKS!!!!11!!ONEone01


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+ Mini_Sal on August 11th, 2008 at 4:16 pm said:

Mr. Jobe, what about the ranks not “taking”, if you will, and the mics not functioning correctly? Have both of these MAJOR issues been addressed.


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+ joeymp on August 11th, 2008 at 4:27 pm said:

You guys should have made a sackboy insignia! Like the one that is one the the pencil pouch that you can get if you pre-order LBP.

Seen here. http://www.flickr.com/photos/playstationblog/2735835441/sizes/o/


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+ StalkingSilence on August 11th, 2008 at 4:36 pm said:

trophies awesome, all the tweaks – awesome.

not looking forward to the feedback from custom music or people singing along. haha but i’ll be jamming out.


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+ madgame on August 11th, 2008 at 4:44 pm said:

http://kotaku.com/photogallery/dylanjobe/1000467770

Dylan I didn’t know you were a Star Wars fan…the Incog camp should get a license from Lucasarts and make a game that plays like Warhawk in the Star Wars universe. That game would own more than anything I can possibly imagine.

I also want to extend my thanks to the entire team for the deepest level of support I have ever seen. You guys have gone way beyond everyone else – your sacrifices are appreciated by many.

ROCK ON!!!


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+ FezDaStanza on August 11th, 2008 at 4:53 pm said:

Just bought the game, at what seems like, a very good point!


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+ Lrgking on August 11th, 2008 at 4:58 pm said:

Mmmmm now that its a greatest hits title for $30. Ill go pick it up!
=]

But quick question if I get it and I start to play.
Can I pilot an aircraft?
Or do I have to rank up??


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+ Violater on August 11th, 2008 at 5:05 pm said:

Wow 185 posts and no sign of Dylan :(


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+ Bloodline23 on August 11th, 2008 at 5:15 pm said:

Awesome… This game keeps getting better and better. Jetpacks! wooot! Parachutes? meh. BOTH! Now that would PWN…..

Bloodline Was Here!!!


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+ haran_elessar on August 11th, 2008 at 5:15 pm said:

Great job guys! Keep it up! This is a great multiplayer game that any gamer MUST play. I’m glad you are making it more accessible since the difficulty turns off a lot of people. Hopefully this will bring more gamers to the game.

I must also say this. Sony should have included this game with the 80gb PS3 and not Motorstorm. Warhawk is a much better game and is really unique in the console world and if they had done that the game would have an even bigger community nowadays.

well keep up the good work and thanks for giving us such a great game!


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+ toolfan2007 on August 11th, 2008 at 5:19 pm said:

Damn…I must play Warhawk again…:D


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+ S-E-G on August 11th, 2008 at 5:23 pm said:

wow, what an amazing update, the trophies look fantastic, worthy of collecting. can’t wait, thank you!


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+ DrunkMiffy@ on August 11th, 2008 at 5:48 pm said:

LOL. Sony said FTW xD!! Classic!


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+ sunstrike on August 11th, 2008 at 5:49 pm said:

nice


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+ DryvBy on August 11th, 2008 at 6:01 pm said:

LOL, guys, thanks for the birthday gift (8/27/84)


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+ Famrit on August 11th, 2008 at 6:07 pm said:

Now I REALLY need to get Warhawk!


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+ NewYork214 on August 11th, 2008 at 6:12 pm said:

cant wait.


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+ Keith K on August 11th, 2008 at 6:29 pm said:

The most beautiful trophies yet.


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+ P_tear_griffin on August 11th, 2008 at 6:32 pm said:

@Dylan:

Thanks for supporting the game. :) I’ll be waiting patiently for the next pack to come out!


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+ ratchet1013 on August 11th, 2008 at 6:42 pm said:

Totally off-topic, but I just have to ask.

Any thought on bringing a new _War of the Monsters_ to PS3? WotM was hands down the most fun I had on the PS2 (My 8yr old son and I still pick it up every once and while and beat the snot out of each other :-) )

_War of the Monsters RETURNS!_ on PS3 with hi-def graphics, more monsters, and more destructive mayhem would be pure gaming heaven!

Or, how about:

_Bride of War of the Monsters_
_Son of War of the Monsters_
_Abbott & Costello Meet War of the Monsters_
(ok, maybe not that last one…)


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+ IceCold on August 11th, 2008 at 6:45 pm said:

Interesting Home Beta at the end of the Month, v1.5 which includes Home launch feature. Or was that v1.4. When you say “Sony certification” it makes me think more than just trophies.


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+ FlamingNoob on August 11th, 2008 at 6:47 pm said:

I heard that there is going to be a potato gun that you can take potshots into cars exaust as youre parachuting down in the air when you jetpants run out of fuel the you can use you grappling hook to snag a plane out of the air and destroy it with youre the hammer that shoots flames then ride you own dragon into the horizon (jetpants???????????? cmon really)


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+ Egg14 on August 11th, 2008 at 7:07 pm said:

NICE! Tau Crater sounds sweet, but is it on earth or in space?


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