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Starhawk Mobile Uplink Available on Android and iOS Now

Stuart Platt's Avatar + Posted by Stuart Platt on Jun 14, 2012 // Sr. Producer, SCEA

I am very pleased to announce the official companion mobile application for our PS3 shooter Starhawk is now available on iOS and Android devices. With the Starhawk Uplink app you can easily check out detailed player and clan stats, while staying current on the all of the latest Starhawk announcements and community news/events, all on the go, anytime, anywhere. Here are links to download the app…

Once you’ve downloaded the Starhawk Uplink to your mobile device, you’ll find a wealth of information available on all of the player weapons, Hawk weapons, and Build & Battle structures.

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The Starhawk Uplink app is totally free, and it’s a way for diehard players to always stay in touch with Starhawk. And for those of you who haven’t picked up a copy of Starhawk yet, you can still pull down this app and learn more about the game and the exciting community of Starhawk followers. Here’s a look at our Starhawk Uplink trailer…


Features include:

  • Access to clan information: You can view your clan invitations, clan leaderboards and statistics, and search for new clans to join or challenge.
  • View player and weapon stats: You can view your player and weapon stats from all of your online action in Starhawk.
  • Track other players: Want to see how your stats compare? Look at stats for your PSN friends, clanmates, and other players you meet online.
  • View the Starhawk leaderboards: See how you rank against your friends, clanmates, and the rest of the Starhawk community.
  • Access Starhawk community strongholds: You can link to various Starhawk social sites, as well as directly link to gameplay videos and other Starhawk community-driven sites.
  • Browse The Armory: An encyclopedia of information on all troop and Hawk weapons and Build & Battle structures.
  • Stay up to date: Our news ticker and game announcements section ensure that you are completely up to date on all the latest and greatest Starhawk news.
  • The Starhawk Uplink runs on the following devices: iTouch, iPhone 3G/3GS/4/4S, as well as all versions of iPad and Android devices, including the Sony Tablet S and Sony Xperia Play mobile phone and all Gingerbread Android devices. Kindle Fire support is coming soon.

Go download the free Starhawk Uplink and an edge over your fellow Starhawk players! Lastly, we just deployed another great balance update on PSN for our Starhawk fans around the world! To see all of the great stuff included in this week’s release of update 1.02.002, check out our latest LightBox Interactive developer blog here.

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+ remanutd5 on June 15th, 2012 at 8:33 am said:

the game should come to vita, the whole experience


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+ Guardian_Bob on June 15th, 2012 at 9:10 am said:

Guys, I understand the push for Vita support, things to consider though:
* iOS + Android covers most people.
* Number of iOS and Android developers dwarfs the number of developers for Vita by multiple orders of magnitude. (There are thousands if not tens of thousands of trained iOS/Android developers, not so much for Vita yet).
* Vita support is much harder (new environment new build procedures, LBI hasn’t developer anything on Vita before so there’s likely a learning curve).
* Vita support is unlikely to be free.

I doubt LBI is actually developing the app. They just handed over some pictures and created a network protocol for another group to use. What Sony should take away, create a cross compilation environment for iOS/Android/Vita. Imagine what kind of response they’d get if you only need to re-target your app for Vita and it was done.


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+ spaceboy21 on June 15th, 2012 at 9:27 am said:

@ Guardian_Bob

What you say makes sense except for the fact that this is a Sony first party, exclusive game. You wouldn’t see this reaction if it was a 3rd party game’s companion app.

It’s not whether it covers more people to just do iOS, it’s that Sony has a mobile hardware system that needs this type of support, along with games, to be considered by many people as a viable purchase option. If LBI/Sony together can’t be bothered to make an app for the Vita what message does that send to other developers? And what message does it send to consumers?


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+ spaceboy21 on June 15th, 2012 at 9:39 am said:

slight correction – you wouldn’t see this STRONG of a reaction if it was a 3rd party game. Us Vita owners would still want it, but I don’t think we’d be so incredulous that it wasn’t created initially.


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+ Guardian_Bob on June 15th, 2012 at 9:57 am said:

@spaceboy21
I fully agree it sends a bad message. That’s Sony’s prerogative; however, they are running a business, and the return on investment for iOS/Android simply out weighs what you get from support for Vita, Windows Phones, Blackberry, etc. Not saying it looks correct from the consumer point of view, but as a business, at some point you’ve got to let reality intrude.

Personally if there was “proper” Vita integration (not just stats, actual game play and such) I’d seriously consider purchasing a Vita, and paying extra for that; however, the app as it stands now would be pretty lame on Vita. There needs to be a whole strategy to address Vita and this app isn’t really it.


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+ spaceboy21 on June 15th, 2012 at 10:37 am said:

@Guardian_Bob
Don’t get me wrong, I agree the app itself isn’t so awesome that it’s a must have – unless it was a meatier companion app on the Vita taking advantage of theoretically better connectivity with the PS3 game.

It’s actually quite interesting though to think about the ROI of an app like this – or how they even measure it. The app alone can’t possibly drive sales of Starhawk, but perhaps it just helps to engage the community and keep it lively. I assume despite the free maps, there will be some paid DLC, which will sell better to an strong community.

But it still comes down to early life cycle games and apps for any system are most likely all losing some money since the install base is small. Sony needs to do the big (and little) things to nurture and grow the Vita. So unlike another publisher, Sony shouldn’t be looking at the ROI of this little app on the Vita, but of the Vita itself! They need to show that the Vita has it’s full support and a strong marketplace for $40 games as well as free/cheap apps.


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+ insano_jaco on June 15th, 2012 at 11:08 am said:

About integration Vita + PS3 in Starhawk:

Ubisoft and Microsoft are talking about this dual-screen feature presence in the next games, and I cant see a better game for PS3 + Vita than Starhawk.

Dust 514 is comming with a app for Vita?
Ok, but Starhawk is there, up and running already!

How cant anyone at Sony / LBI see this as a opportunity to be the first to put this features in our hands?
This could attract interest for Vita and Starhawk for sure!
People loved that little map integration with Pikim3, imagine with a game that the protagonist in the screen really have a tablet in his hands, and we could use it just like that!

This app dont need to bring everything in the first version, it could be implemented with updates.

And Im sure that this could work much better for Starhawk (with maps, build, etc) than with Uncharted 3 or Killzone 3.


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+ Transient on June 15th, 2012 at 1:05 pm said:

I was pretty excited to try this, but when I go to the Android link I get an error from the store saying the app isn’t supported on my device (Samsung Galaxy S). Why did you choose to exclude certain devices?


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    + Stuart Platt on June 15th, 2012 at 3:30 pm said:

    We had an issue with that particular device and temporarily pulled that version of the app. A new update with support for that device will be up very soon.


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+ Guardian_Bob on June 15th, 2012 at 1:23 pm said:

@Transient
That’s new. The SGS is excluded because of a segfault while loading the app. In other words the app crashes on the SGS, which is why they excluded it.


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+ BrianC6234 on June 16th, 2012 at 12:15 am said:

Sony better get on the ball and get a Vita version of this app. You can’t be serious you won’t have a Vita version. Starhawk is a Sony game so start supporting the Vita. There’s no reason you should have an iOS and Android app and not support Vita. Give more people a reason to buy a Vita.


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+ Elvick_ on June 16th, 2012 at 3:00 am said:

@52: I’d like to point out that the Music Unlimited app was out on the PS Vita before it was even on iOS… so that’s not the issue. Sony’s clearly got people on the ball with that kind of thing.

Where’s the logic in not releasing a mobile application for a PlayStation 3 exclusive, on the PlayStation Vita? Because I can’t see the logic behind having no plans for it. I can understand it not releasing with the iOS and Android apps, and being a lower priority, but no plans at all? Really? :/

The PS Vita is supposed to be a companion to the PS3. This goes against that.


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+ actio1_618 on June 16th, 2012 at 8:01 pm said:

I have a vita, and a windows phone. Thought I was covered =(.


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+ Crazy-Maisy on June 17th, 2012 at 4:55 am said:

Great app, but it does need to have ZOOM in/out control as it’s so TINY even on my big screen (HTC Evo 4G LTE)

I have great near eyesight and it’s scary how difficult it is to read.

Also, the Clan section has problems, like with Find Clan, anything I input comes up with no result at all. Plus the keyboard is hiding the search input box, and if you put the keyboard away you can’t get it to come back up, and then when you go back to another section of the app the keyboard pops up.

I’d love to see this app on the PS Vita, it’d be much easier to read since that screen is WAY larger! I have a 7″ tablet, haven’t tried the app on it yet.

It’s really cool that this app feels a lot like the game. Future of it will be awesome, I hope.


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+ BigCee_N_TX1 on June 18th, 2012 at 2:08 pm said:

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