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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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+ mza49311 on August 12th, 2008 at 12:57 pm said:

hmm seems to be talk of jetpacks, maybe i’m mistaken about the chutes?


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+ DTS MAN on August 12th, 2008 at 1:27 pm said:

Man this blog is great i wish we had something similar in Europe…any whoo superb update Dylan thanks for taking the time to update us. And i can not wait for the parachutes, dare i ask will they always open or are they susceptible random failures!!! ? Can we shoot on the way down i do hope so.

DTS MAN


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+ DTS MAN on August 12th, 2008 at 1:41 pm said:

@222 RE motorbike and side cart……AWESOME idea dude they should do it!

DTS MAN


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+ Gunwing on August 12th, 2008 at 1:55 pm said:

Is there any chance WarHawk could come in a stand alone form to the PSP system? Any chance at all? Maybe not as a mega hit online game like this one is. But as a single player flight combat sim and story based action game it would do well. Also pack in some unlockables, and online 16 player co-op, and vs combat modes as well as full rankings, and leaderboards and you would have a great hardcore PSP game.

Other games have done this and done vary well on the PSP: Ratchet and Clank, as well as Medal of Honor, and Burnout: Domintator all did this and worked out vary well on the PSP as a platform.


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+ Azimut on August 12th, 2008 at 2:13 pm said:

The only thing missing from Warhawk is a way to track your friends on your team. It would be great to have something similiar to Battlefield squads.

Thanks to continue suporting this great game!


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+ MEXPERTBOUND on August 12th, 2008 at 2:34 pm said:

whait ! about the new Booster Pack ! i see the icon on picture (XMB Trophies) And Dylan why you dont talk about (salvage crane in Tau Crater) ?

here the tropy i released 3.

*Safety Violation Silver Trophy*
-Kill a distant enemy from on top of the salvage crane in Tau Crater.

*King of the Jungle Gym Silver Trophy *
-Retrieve the Proximity Mines from the top of the dome on the Omega Factory Rumble Dome layout. I like this one lol !

and the final.

*Are You Aim-Botting? Silver Trophy *
-Snipe an enemy who is flying a jetpack.

lol jetpack :)


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+ pcrookedltrp on August 12th, 2008 at 2:39 pm said:

Sweet!!! Parachutes!!! These will be real handy. I’m getting shot down a lot, but probably because I’m a noob. The training session should help with that. Thanks a lot, dude!!!


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+ warezIbanez on August 12th, 2008 at 2:44 pm said:

Yo, Dylan- what’s this about “Tau Crater?” Anything you wanna talk to us about this next expansion? ;)


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+ AranhaHunter on August 12th, 2008 at 3:02 pm said:

No more than 20 people in the world will get Platinum in Warhawk.


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+ NexusSIX on August 12th, 2008 at 3:26 pm said:

Dylan,

You keep updating them, and I will keep downloading them. Awesome update, I can’t wait to try it out.


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+ coster_127 on August 12th, 2008 at 3:38 pm said:

ITS A BIT SUSPICIOUS THAT FOR ONCE DYLAN HASNT REPLIED! :o


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+ Terminator.ru on August 12th, 2008 at 3:47 pm said:

2nd best news of the week, Home expanded beta is first.
thanks guys


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+ monster5842 on August 12th, 2008 at 4:05 pm said:

Dylan, YOU ROCK!!!!! keep up the good work guys


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+ kahne2624 on August 12th, 2008 at 5:07 pm said:

we need the last frontier of war and thats war on water gun boats, destroyers, carriers, and submarines with toe missles.


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+ saintfighteraqua on August 12th, 2008 at 5:09 pm said:

This is so awesome.
Thanks so much!
Although, I’ll always be a newbie.

I can’t wait for this pack, thank you everyone!


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+ Ghostm on August 12th, 2008 at 5:15 pm said:

Any chance of us getting a full Warhawk campaign game? Online is cool but it’s nothing like playing a full campaign.


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+ FlamingNoob on August 12th, 2008 at 6:22 pm said:

does every one really think he’s (dylan) going to read everyones comments if u did read it at least respon to someone


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+ FlamingNoob on August 12th, 2008 at 6:24 pm said:

it was originally going to have a campaign but they decided to go with mulitplayer


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+ FlamingNoob on August 12th, 2008 at 6:27 pm said:

by the way if you do read this i like that guys idea with the motorcycle. With the sidecart with mounted gun on it, thanks


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+ senjutsu_dav on August 12th, 2008 at 6:39 pm said:

Great, I WANTED the in-game music! I’m putting my best playlist on my ps3 right now to be ready when the update pops! Still, the 27th is in a lot of days. Anyway, it’s a super cool update! :D


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+ FlamingNoob on August 12th, 2008 at 6:42 pm said:

can u say anything else about the next map


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+ MarzMaster on August 12th, 2008 at 7:00 pm said:

Are these trophies going to be like Uncharted Where you have to delete your saved data and unlock the awards all over again????


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+ jamaican27 on August 12th, 2008 at 8:23 pm said:

hey marzmaster did they give you an answer cause i hope they don’t do that


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+ gtmartin69 on August 12th, 2008 at 8:52 pm said:

can you say “parachute”?

lol awesome update guys, this should be the best update of all!


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+ nYc_FrEeWiLL_82 on August 12th, 2008 at 10:09 pm said:

hey im sure u guys are too bizzy working on tha game updaes …which ofcourse none of us true WARHAWK FANS MIND…that you dont have tyme to answer that many questions ..so i would jus like to request..and i do mean request..that u guys have a diffrent option for the maps radar..as in they CANT SEE ME..it makes the game too too easy!! thanx i and other competative players would appreciate it..:)


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+ magst001 on August 13th, 2008 at 2:27 am said:

never even noticed the third symbol for the next booster in the trophy pic! any ideas what it is???


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+ Trix9 on August 13th, 2008 at 5:28 am said:

http://www.ifmenhadwings.com


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+ gannon3 on August 13th, 2008 at 6:03 am said:

hawt, cant wait i want the GGL Ceremonial Blades they look awsome anyone tell me how to be in the tourniment or is it over cuz if we dont get it then that sucks


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+ veddermatic on August 13th, 2008 at 7:38 am said:

Along with the tutorials, can you guys add giant billboards / flashing lights / constant reminders during collections games that getting 50 points for a team win is better than you getting one point for capturing a single core by yourself?

It boggles my mind that people will actually run *around* a thrown core to cap the single one they have.

Also, it amazes me that you guys somehow manage to keep making Warhawk better and better. Phenomenal work!!!


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+ biscuitron on August 13th, 2008 at 8:02 am said:

Fancy knives? Aww… i feel left out :(

Can I get a wooden spoon instead? Please?


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+ Mexico619 on August 13th, 2008 at 8:12 am said:

wow thats great! this makes me want to get this game even more. does anyone know if any new upcoming games are going to support trophies or custom soundtracks???


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+ Hiddos on August 13th, 2008 at 9:07 am said:

YEAH!!
Thank you VERY MUCH for selecting me as insignia winner!! Never expected it!! Thank you very much!! WOOT YEAH

(line above the bottom, the two on the right)


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+ Elsa43 on August 13th, 2008 at 9:17 am said:

I’m assuming that Sony and Incog will continue to ignore the Canadians and Non-Americans who PARTICPATED in the Warhawk tournament.

… I just have to say that not receiving this ingame virtual item (NOT a prize) is a further slap in the face to how we were treated in the tournament. We were told by GGL that we could participate, but would not be eligible for prizes. Fine… the Warhawk statues are an actual prize… requiring skill to achieve. We entered the contest knowing this.

Once the ladder stage was done… we were informed that the contest was in fact “Americans only”. Canadians and non-Americans were now regarded as illegal players and would be disqualified from the bracket phase. So these people played with their team for a full month (often playing several games a day)… helped their team get to the bracket phase, were even clan leaders doing much of the work and organizing – and were then disqualified! So, they PARTICIPATED, and were then disqualified.

We were informed at one point in the forums by GGL that only Americans would get the participant’s knife… but I think most of us felt that yet again, and in accordance with the way the entire tournament went, this had to be incorrect – it couldn’t possibly be true!

I mean… how could Sony and Incog be so stupid as to not just disqualify us from the tournament at the bracket phase… but then also deny us the Participant’s knife showing that at least we were there. There is no reason NOT to give us this ingame knife… it is NOT a prize in any way shape or form. In fact if they want to get “virtual”, then me being a GAP member involved luck… making it more of a contest than showing up for this tourney and participating.

… the slap in the face was when you disqualified us… to inform us that we now don’t get the Participant’s knife is an additional kick in the ass.

Yes… I’m bitter. :)

(and female… so let me revel in being bitter for awhile. I still love the game… but Sony’s apparent hatred for non-Americans is beginning to get really irritating).


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+ bab3wade on August 13th, 2008 at 9:30 am said:

Im ready to go back to WARHAWK


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+ bungybounce on August 13th, 2008 at 9:50 am said:

All this stuff looks great but im furious i was sergeant major and i was ranked down to recruit wat should i do plz reply !!!!!!!!!!!


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+ fireboiiii on August 13th, 2008 at 10:56 am said:

plz i need help cuz i was 2leuriant then i joined a server then my rank picture went to airman, i went to community page then my rank went down to airman :( plz i need help.

ps.noce update dylan cant wait to get the update


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+ MarzMaster on August 13th, 2008 at 1:45 pm said:

no jamaican i got no answer yet


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+ Hiddos on August 13th, 2008 at 2:09 pm said:

@Elsa43…

On an official Playstation Forum (http://community.eu.playstation.com/playstationeu/) from which I took part it also says you win this if you win: http://www.community-team.com/~sslust/warhawk/whdesigncontest_statue.jpg


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+ DarkPlanet on August 13th, 2008 at 3:52 pm said:

Yay!Trophies!


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+ Gunwing on August 13th, 2008 at 4:38 pm said:

I have to say we need more free content! I would love a Light Machine Gun, and a Bolt rifle as a standard weapon over the Pistol (admin server setting please for this one!)

Also another idea for WarHawk would be to give the infantry a way to get around all this darn watter! We have like 5 maps that have crap loads of watter in them and it’s like a dead zone to us! We wan’t assault PT style boats!

(Also if you can find a way to make it work get those airships form the dead SP game idea and use them in gametype! That would be perfect!)


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+ DaLilBeezt_23_3 on August 13th, 2008 at 8:16 pm said:

FINALLY!! Awesome update:
A game I own with trophies!! And you get one by training!! How cool is THAT??
A game with custom in-game music!! Now let’s play some nice rock…
A training tutorial!! YEEHAAH now I can train without getting killed 30 times or more per game XD!!
But damn… I want one of those blades, they look badass.

Hey, next update, can you guys make bots to play with?? That way I could play with my friends offline split screen matches(not Local Games), cause nearly no one has a PS3 with Warhawk.


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+ Elsa43 on August 13th, 2008 at 10:12 pm said:

@Hiddos (288)

Yes, I think we all understood that we could not win the lovely Warhawk statues (nor the Champions Blade) as they constitute an actual prize requiring skill to win them.

The Ceremonial Blade is simply awarded to anyone for participating… requiring no luck or skill and thereby not being a “prize” anymore than participating in the PSU forums and acquiring a more prestigious icon or rank.

There is no reason NOT to award the ceremonial blade.
(and nice link to a pic of the statues!)


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+ bungybounce on August 14th, 2008 at 2:32 am said:

we should hav a big fight every year wen everyone who has warhawk can play in the same game with new vehicles like the big battleships and motorbikes with a side cart wer ucan shoot with a mini turret and the game wuld last for 24 hours and the best person wuld get a special medal and it wuld be passed on each year plz reply


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+ arki24885 on August 14th, 2008 at 3:35 am said:

Is the first Warhawk Nemesis Paint design mine? I won!!! jajajaja

Thanks to SCEE for allow me to play Warhawk with my plane XD


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+ englishpunk on August 14th, 2008 at 4:47 am said:

Are there going to be any officially support non-US tournaments with in-game prizes ? The GGL tournament was only officially open to US residents ( unlike the ladder ), therefore only US players had the chance to gain this prize, and then the GGL tournament wasn’t exactly well publicised, so i have friends in the US who didn’t know until this blog post …


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+ Rocs on August 14th, 2008 at 11:05 am said:

Can’t wait, thanks guys!!!


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+ XboxIsGay on August 14th, 2008 at 11:32 am said:

Do u have to play a ranked match in order to get the trophies? or could u get them in unranked matches?


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+ MadPercussion on August 14th, 2008 at 4:28 pm said:

OH MAN! this is gonna be sick! thanks guys


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+ Awesome-Ninja2 on August 14th, 2008 at 5:04 pm said:

XboxIsGay- one the xbox is gay and two you probably can earn trophies on either a ranked or unranked match. dont quote me on it though.


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+ gachzorge on August 14th, 2008 at 5:34 pm said:

Dylan, I hope you’re listening, I think it would be a smart idea to tell you what you need for a medal/badge, like if you want to know if you have the distinguished air combat medal and you don’t, and you are wondering how many more air-to-air kills you need it should say below the required amount


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