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Call to Arms! Starhawk Public Beta Begins Tuesday, January 17th

Harvard Bonin's Avatar + Posted by Harvard Bonin on Jan 13, 2012 // Senior Producer, SCEA

This past November and December we conducted our Private Beta for Starhawk. It was incredibly valuable to our team at LightBox and SCEA Santa Monica. We really appreciate all of the time that players have spent uncovering bugs and glitches, we would have never been able to find this many of them without real-world gameplay. The Beta effort has been a true partnership with our community so we humbly thank you all. Without your help, we wouldn’t be able to progress to the next chapter in the development of the game: the Public Beta!

We’re now happy to announce that the Starhawk Public Beta begins this Tuesday, January 17th. This is a crucial step for us as we’ll be testing all sorts of things, including game balance, server traffic, and general bugs. This is also a chance for more players to finally see what we’ve been working so hard on. As we’ve been getting so much support and encouragement from fans and press alike, we’re excited to spread the love and get more input to make the best game possible.

“That looks kind of fun, right? So maybe you want in the Beta now? Well, take a look below and see how to get early access. This Beta will include lots more functionality and features (details coming next week) so mark February 21st on your calendars because that’s when it will be completely open!

Who gets in, and when?

(North American Starhawk Beta schedule)

PlayStation Plus

January 17: All PlayStation Plus subscribers and all Private Beta participants (who haven’t erased their original Private Beta files). You can learn more about PS Plus here.

Starhawk UC3 Voucher

January 31: UNCHARTED 3 Beta key holders. These voucher codes were found inside of North American copies of UNCHARTED 3.

FB

February 7: Visit GameStop and PlayStation on Facebook and see how you can get early voucher codes.

IGN

February 14: IGN.com (details to be revealed soon)

LOGO-PSN stacked vert pos copy copy

February 21: Everyone with a PlayStation Network account…in other words, everyone who wants in, gets in!

Beta FAQ

If I was in the Private Beta, am I in the Public Beta?
If you were in the Private Beta, you are in the Public Beta for the duration. DO NOT delete the Private Beta file from your PS3 or else you won’t have access. Worse, you will be…unhappy.

Is this a demo?
This is NOT a demo. You can expect to find bugs and the vast majority of the game features planned for the final game will not be implemented. Of course, many of you will not read this sentence and will expect the Beta to be final quality. We ask that the community help itself and remind players that this is a test. It happens to be a pretty fun test, but it is a test regardless. Keep an open mind and we’ll continue to regularly update the Beta with changes based directly on your feedback. Remember when you were a kid and you wanted to help make games? This is your chance!

When does the Public Beta end?
When the game is good and ready! :) Honestly, when we’ve learned all we can and feel we can deliver the best product to you. Basically, sometime after February 21st, BUT it’s our recommendation that you do not delay joining or you might find your window of opportunity passing you by.

What’s different from the Private Beta?
We’re going to reveal more about the content updates soon enough. Patience, Padawan…

Will you test out the solo campaign?
Nope! The Public Beta is solely based around the multiplayer experience. While we have a robust solo story campaign in the final game, we can get our testing done elsewhere for that.

How do you send us feedback?
This is very important…to give us feedback, please visit http://us.playstation.com/psn/ and use your PSN login to enter the Beta forums. If you are in the Beta, you can enter the forums. Remember though…with Beta testing comes Beta responsibility. We are on these forums hourly looking for bug info, so please use this. We need your help and this is the best way to give us info.

P.S. Starhawk is in Las Vegas at CES taking in the sun and showing all the tech lovers what Starhawk is all about. Come and visit us at the Sony booth (#14200)! For all other Starhawk news/info please visit www.StarhawkTheGame.com.

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+ Cyris on January 13th, 2012 at 8:09 am said:

I LOVED the private beta. Hope to see some new maps with new vehicles. Will there be a new tank in Starhawk?


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    + Harvard Bonin on January 13th, 2012 at 10:52 am said:

    that is a closely held secret! We’ll reveal more down the line about new content


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+ theroots215 on January 13th, 2012 at 8:11 am said:

I have never wanted a weekend to go by so fast in my life (which is kind of sad). I can’t wait for the update to start. great weekend already. the first beta was filled with sweetness and it can only get better. Great job guys! can’t wait to get online and “rift jack” someone.


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    + Harvard Bonin on January 13th, 2012 at 10:52 am said:

    lol thanks! I just want the weekend to last forever!


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+ geist226 on January 13th, 2012 at 8:15 am said:

My sincere thanks goes out to Lightbox and PlayStation Plus. I’m absolutely stoked to try this game and give you guys and girls my feedback for a great PS3 exclusive.


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+ xPREDICTIONx on January 13th, 2012 at 8:15 am said:

Can’t wait to build the great wall of China again!!!!


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    + Harvard Bonin on January 13th, 2012 at 10:56 am said:

    :P yeah, we are still working on adjusting


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+ MarkakaJin on January 13th, 2012 at 8:19 am said:

Interesting. I was invited to the private beta and tried it out. It was awesome! As you can see, I’m a PS+ subscriber and I get to try out the public beta early. But that’s not the interesting part. The interesting part is that I have a voucher code for the Starhawk Public Beta that I got when I bought myself a copy of Uncharted 3 the day it came out. So legen -wait for it- dary!


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    + Harvard Bonin on January 13th, 2012 at 10:54 am said:

    you can share with a friend


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+ Berae on January 13th, 2012 at 8:24 am said:

Good news, will we be able to play splitscreen in this beta?


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+ G-Force08 on January 13th, 2012 at 8:24 am said:

The private beta was a blast. I’m hoping more people contribute to the game to make it a true success. I can tell already it will be one of my favorite MP games this year.


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+ Zookey on January 13th, 2012 at 8:26 am said:

WIN


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    + Harvard Bonin on January 13th, 2012 at 10:52 am said:

    …NING


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+ djKCMJ on January 13th, 2012 at 8:26 am said:

I already had delete the private beta info prior to this annoucnment, I am a playstation plus subscriber and have a vocher from UC3, so I cant partake in the public beta? How was I supose to know about that info and I saw it while playing the private beta? Is there a way around this?


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+ Jak23ft on January 13th, 2012 at 8:27 am said:

I’M PLAYSTATION PLUS!!!!! YEEEEEESSSS! I’m so pumped!


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+ JLP_M on January 13th, 2012 at 8:28 am said:

I was in the Private beta, and I’m a Plus member, lol. Woohoo


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+ Swedgen on January 13th, 2012 at 8:31 am said:

So if you deleted the private beta, you can’t just redownload it from your download list to take part in the public beta?


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+ MalGanis-DL on January 13th, 2012 at 8:33 am said:

i have plus and a code :D


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    + Harvard Bonin on January 13th, 2012 at 10:53 am said:

    you can give away one of them to a friend


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+ KidCommando on January 13th, 2012 at 8:39 am said:

Finally!

It has really sucked seeing friends on my list playing the private beta and being left out. :)

Very much looking forward to getting first hand experience with the follow-up to one of my favorite games ever, Warhawk!

Will definitely be leaving feedback on the forums!


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+ Guardian_Bob on January 13th, 2012 at 8:46 am said:

Early B-Day present for me. My birthday is the 18th!

Looking forward to stomping some newbies.

For those incoming here’s some reference sites:

[DELETED]

Or the StarHawk Wiki:
http://starhawk.wikia.com/wiki/Starhawk
Or StarHawk Center:
http://www.starhawkcenter.net/
Or StarHawk Radio:
http://starhawkradio.com/

Some of these sites may have beta codes at some point, they have in the past.


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    + Harvard Bonin on January 13th, 2012 at 2:07 pm said:

    Happy Birthday!


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+ Shacojin on January 13th, 2012 at 8:54 am said:

This game was awesome in Private beta… hope to see a few more vehicles! Everyone should buy this one when it comes out!


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    + Harvard Bonin on January 13th, 2012 at 10:55 am said:

    remember its a test…we’ll slowly add updates but nothing is promised


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+ DJHaole on January 13th, 2012 at 9:14 am said:

For those that will be joining the beta for the first time, be sure to check out the StarHawk Forums and StarHawk’s Facebook page, lots of good info and how to’s out there!!!


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    + Harvard Bonin on January 13th, 2012 at 10:53 am said:

    thanks. We are on their daily talking to players and answering questions


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+ TroubleMaker411 on January 13th, 2012 at 9:17 am said:

Are the EU going to see this?

I have ben trying and waiting to get into this beta since the priat one was first announced


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    + Harvard Bonin on January 13th, 2012 at 10:56 am said:

    yes, same day


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+ LightKiosk on January 13th, 2012 at 9:37 am said:

From playing the private BETA going into the public BETA, I can say this to the people who will be going into the public BETA that didn’t get a chance to play during the private BETA:

The Build & Battle system is AMAZING. Massive props to Lightbox Interactive for pulling this off! Thank you for inviting me into the private BETA and I cannot wait to play during the public BETA and on until release and even after release! :)

PS: I loved during the private BETA when developers tweeted what rounds they were in so the community can go in and be on there side, or kill them. I killed Dylan Jobe quite a lot :p, but never got a chance to face you Harvard. :p

Can’t wait, and see you in-game soon!


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+ YungShep on January 13th, 2012 at 9:37 am said:

add 3D! PLEASE :)


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+ YungShep on January 13th, 2012 at 9:39 am said:

i cant tell you how much this game will benefit with the added depth of 3D…I CANNOT EVEN IMAGINE FLYING IN A HAWK TRANSFORMING INTO A MECH MID AIR IN 3D…. i’ve played the private beta and at an event last year in Austin, both experiences were EPIC! and thanks to Dylan Jobe for personally delivering my beta code via twitter! he is the man follow him @DylanJobe and follow me @LOPAKALYPSE


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+ MarinoBrea on January 13th, 2012 at 9:51 am said:

I’m gonna take a guess and say the game is releasing on MARCH.


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    + Harvard Bonin on January 13th, 2012 at 10:54 am said:

    keep guessing… :)


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+ marlyt on January 13th, 2012 at 10:00 am said:

Now you guys now how to roll out a beta. You actually answer every question one might have. Just about every other one any of us have participated in has been very ambiguous to be polite. Well done, and I look forward to checking this out. One question for anyone who did the Private Beta thing: are the controls the same as the Warhawk or are they more traditional? The one thing that kept me from playing Warhawk more was the goofy controls. Thanks.


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    + Harvard Bonin on January 13th, 2012 at 10:56 am said:

    we have added in the Warhawk controls option


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+ MaDogNik96 on January 13th, 2012 at 10:05 am said:

I’ve been dying for a sequel to Warhawk. Can’t wait to play this. If it’s anything like it’s predecessor, it will provide many many hours of entertainment.


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+ Arcadian_Rebel on January 13th, 2012 at 10:17 am said:

Cool. Didn’t like the private beta all that much so hopefully this is much better. BTW, I LOVED Warhawk.


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    + Harvard Bonin on January 13th, 2012 at 10:54 am said:

    the Warhawk style flight might help


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+ crashsmash01 on January 13th, 2012 at 10:33 am said:

awesomeness :D my best friend Derrick Has PSN+ and he will be excited to get into the beta.
i was in the privite beta myself by an e-mail voucher code so i’m looking forward to the public beta.
ill redownload my privite beta,i’ve kept the data file from the prvite beta and everything.
this should be awesome =DDD


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+ SquareSide on January 13th, 2012 at 11:08 am said:

Looks very interesting… but Uncharted 3 DLC comes out on the 17th as well & UC3 vouchers won’t work till the 31st I take it? That’s when Final Fantasy XIII-2 comes out! D: Horrible timing for me. I will try to find time eventually I guess…


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+ Phillyblunz on January 13th, 2012 at 11:10 am said:

Warhawk flight options?

Does this mean sixaxis is actually coming on home? Please say yes.

But I’m worried too that this means backwards lock and super-ultra-spin is back!?!?!?

I love Warhawk PF via sixaxis, but stopped playing Warhawk due to no seperation of NF PF.

Will Starhawk have server options to only play with people who use the same controls as you?

Or can we label a server PF only, and then kick anyone who is using NF?

This is my biggest concern of Starhawk, that the inequalities of the control schemes will be prevalent once again and abused by all those who wanna think they are the best.

Sixaxis PF is the funnest way to play Warhawk, but too hard for most, so everyone just abuses the NF which seems like it should only be an option for low level players then removed after a certain level to prevent abuse.


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+ Stackcluster on January 13th, 2012 at 11:25 am said:

Can’t wait to play Starhawk again !!


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+ DeadSpider on January 13th, 2012 at 11:38 am said:

How much has the changes for Multiplayer balancing effected the overall gameplay for the Campaign? Mainly asking for the AI side of things. I’m really looking forward to the Campaign part of the game when that times comes


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    + Harvard Bonin on January 13th, 2012 at 2:09 pm said:

    Who is this “deadspider” anyway? The MP certainly gives us insight but there are specific needs on the solo side. We’ll be as true to the MP stats as we can but we might make changes. You’ll definitely see stuff in the solo that you won’t see in MP…and vice versa


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+ olsen77 on January 13th, 2012 at 11:42 am said:

Awesome!! Can’t wait to see what’s been added since the private beta ended. Very excited for classic arcade flight. Any chance that we’ll be seeing private match options in the public beta? Thanks for update. :)


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+ sekaniy on January 13th, 2012 at 11:42 am said:

I hope the Vita version can play against the PS3 version…. (hint,hint)


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+ ZachWuzHere on January 13th, 2012 at 11:43 am said:

my private beta i got from uncharted 3 was invalid or something, so cant wait for tuesday


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+ lisatsunami on January 13th, 2012 at 11:49 am said:

Yeah, Harvard, I suck @ multiplayer so I gave away my U3 code to a better gamer long ago. But I’m looking forward to the single player campaign.


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+ Basindo on January 13th, 2012 at 11:55 am said:

Hey Harvid & Dylan, I played the private beta a lot and it was awesome. I actually saw less bugs than some full mp games! There was only 1 major thing (besides horrible teammates) that upset me during the beta, which was the melee. Because gun damage is low compared to other mp games, (which is fine), people would constantly run up to me and just mash R3, (which isn’t fine imo). At those many moments the game become less of a 3rd person shooter & more like a “run around and go up to people to melee them” game. (Kinda cheesy lol).

I’m not trying to hate on the game. In fact I’m really looking forward to this game, along with games like Twisted Metal. But the melee was just the 1 feature that was killin my experience. Please, if you guys could, really lower the melee range, make the damage of melee much weaker and not a 1-hit kill, or both.

Thank you guys, hope everything goes good up to release.


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+ ReVeR_364 on January 13th, 2012 at 12:01 pm said:

Damn, good looking out man. I’m saddened I didn’t get to play the private beta much, just about under 5 games, i’m glad I didn’t delete it, now I get to play it some more :]


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+ CrAZyRaD on January 13th, 2012 at 12:04 pm said:

January 17th is my birthday! Great day to kick off the public beta ;) Anyway this is one of my most anticipated games this year so i’m really excited to check it out!


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+ EvoAnubis on January 13th, 2012 at 12:05 pm said:

So very excited. Loved Warhawk, loved the private beta, and I’m really looking forward to seeing what else you guys do with this in the public beta. I gotta be honest here…the first time I heard of the Build & Battle system, I was a bit skeptical. I was worried that it’d make the matches not flow as well as they did in Warhawk. After playing with it in the private beta though, my opinion went a full 180; I love it. With that system, there’s a sense of escalation that that Warhawk never had, where in the beginning you have a few skirmishes and by the last five minutes of a match it’s all-out war. I really like the level of strategy it adds as well.

Keep up the fantastic job!


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+ italyrules345 on January 13th, 2012 at 12:09 pm said:

God bless tuesday lol this is the best game ever. the beta alone is already the best game ever made. its never ending fun. ive have never been more excited for something in my life(full game). i have over like 200 hundred hours of being on starhawk websites, and playing the private beta. listen guys it doesnt get anybetter then this. its a great game, a great team of guys, and a great amount of fun. get playstation plus now if you wernt in the private beta. its worth spending trust me i know ive been playing 24-7. ps good job guys you have successfully made the best game ever.


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+ Seeing_Red_Again on January 13th, 2012 at 12:13 pm said:

March is way too crowded, so I bet you guys will finally be giving us Starhawk in April :). Please tell me Im right, I cant wait to play both the single player and the multiplayer


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    + Harvard Bonin on January 13th, 2012 at 2:10 pm said:

    I could tell you you’re right…would that make you feel better? I “could” tell you you’re right…but I might be lying


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+ albingo on January 13th, 2012 at 12:20 pm said:

So, i deleted the Starhawk beta from my ps3 after the beta was over. Today, i redownloaded it. Does that mean i am able to play or not?


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+ justins123456 on January 13th, 2012 at 12:23 pm said:

Am i the only one who thinks its stupid PS plus ppl get it before the U3 ppl?


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+ Guardian_Bob on January 13th, 2012 at 12:27 pm said:

Wow that’s a first, the mod deleted my blog link. They’ve posted it before.

Well, search for StarHawk Corner in Google and you should find it. Tons of good info there.


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+ Basindo on January 13th, 2012 at 12:32 pm said:

@32 no vita version is even announced. Would be cool though


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+ Basindo on January 13th, 2012 at 12:33 pm said:

@41 I did too, I think it’s only if u delete the game files or save data


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+ bsholmes1993 on January 13th, 2012 at 12:38 pm said:

I am a playstation plus subscriber and i got uncharted 3 the first person to send me a friend request with a reason why i should give u my code will get it.
Psn: bsholmes1993


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+ hypernova1024 on January 13th, 2012 at 12:39 pm said:

LOVED the private beta, let’s go hard or go home! Time to drop supply bunkers on each other, roadkill each other with razorbacks and have intense dogfights!


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    + Harvard Bonin on January 13th, 2012 at 2:07 pm said:

    nice…


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+ madecrazy on January 13th, 2012 at 1:16 pm said:

@41I hope so because I’m currently In the process of redownloading it I guess we just havering hope for the best


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+ madecrazy on January 13th, 2012 at 1:18 pm said:

Edit: not havering, hope


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+ CHOZINWON on January 13th, 2012 at 1:28 pm said:

I was lucky enough to be in the private beta and loved every second of it. Can’t wait to see the other vehicles.


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