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Three Ways to Play Starhawk, Available on PSN Next Tuesday

Dylan Jobe's Avatar + Posted by Dylan Jobe on Sep 20, 2012 // President, LightBox Interactive

As many of you know, the team here at Lightbox Interactive has been hard at work developing all of the free Starhawk Updates to help support the Starhawk Community. With today’s announcement, we’ll help grow that community even more with something that a ton of players from around the world have asked for — a digital-download version of Starhawk, and not just the original version, but one that is packed with all of the awesome updates we’ve made since our initial release!

Starhawk Now on the PlayStation Store

Yeah, you saw that right. We now have three, three ways for you to download the exact type of Starhawk experience you’re looking for on September 25th!

First you can get the complete Starhawk experience by downloading the Full version for $39.99. Another option — and this is an insane deal — is the Starhawk: Multiplayer-Edition for $19.99. This includes one of the best PlayStation 3 multiplayer experiences and all of the updates we’ve released since the game originally launched.

Last, but certainly not least, is a another killer deal for all PlayStation Plus members. You guys get the Starhawk: Single-Player Campaign for free. Yeah, that’s right, free.

And because I’m a tease, I’ll leave you with this: We have something else very tasty in store for PS Plus Members, so keep your eyes on the blog for another announcement very soon.

But wait… there’s more. As you know just about a month ago we released the Starhawk 1.03 Update that had a ton of new features, including two completely new — and free — maps on the planet of Cypress. The team and I were so stoked to see how happy the Starhawk community received it, that we’re excited to release our Starhawk 1.04 Update on September 25th with more free awesome-sauce, including three new gameplay modes!

Okay, so those are the new hella-fun gameplay modes, but there is a ton of other stuff in the Starhawk 1.04 Update as well. We’ve been following all of the community feedback and we’ve made a large number of changes. In my last blog post I wrote this massive wall of text covering all the various new things we added. So this time, I’m going to try and be more efficient on what should matter to you most.

  • 3 New Gameplay Modes: Assault, Deathmatch Arena, Gatekeeper.
  • 5 New “Small” Maps: Cypress Glade, Space Relay, Scourge Junction, Space Flotilla, Scourge Breaker.
  • Updated pre-placed pick-ups on all maps (just like we did in Cypress) as well as updated Rift Barrel placement.
  • 3 New Build & Battle Load-outs: Trooper, Lightweight and Speeder.
  • New Tool-Tips are displayed on various options and buttons in the Uplink. including a display of all the units in each Load-Out and recommended player counts when you create a new game.
  • MAW Rocket Launcher now can lock-on to the Sidewinder Jet Bike.
  • Added four New national clan banners for our players in the Middle East: Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Israel and the UAE.
  • Quit Penalty for players that quit during a game — you get a loss posted and SkillScore hit.
  • New “Up Next” display at the intermission screen of what map, mode and load-out is coming up in the next round.
  • More score-limit and time-limit options when creating a game.
  • All three new game modes are added to QuickMatch for matchmaking.
  • Co-Op Prospector is now supported in Quick-Match for matchmaking into public Co-Op games.
  • New Co-Op Prospector options for creating Private or Public games, difficulty, and game name.
  • Public Co-Op Prospector games now are supported in the server-list.
  • Bug fix that ensures that only Clan Leaders/Officers can edit the clan tag field.
  • Added a PlayStation Store button to the Uplink for accessing Starhawk DLC.
  • Increased starting Rift-Energy in Homeworlds.
  • Slightly increased the Galloway Pistol’s head-shot damage.
  • Removed the “Bruiser” Skill.
  • Added a “Grinder” Skill that allows you to start with a Grinder in your weapon inventory.
  • Grinder wind-up time has been reduced.
  • Max range for the Grinder has been increased.
  • In the server-list, the easy “Cake” and medium “Fist” game icons have been removed. You will still see the hard “Skull” game icons.
  • Refined difficulty tuning on all Co-Op Prospector Missions (slightly easier).
  • Increased XP payouts for all Co-Op Prospector Missions.
  • XP payouts for capturing Tier-2 and Tier-3 bases in the Zones gameplay mode.
  • Integrated Starhawk-specific network scan to help players resolve port issues.
  • Added in-game scoreboard HUD for Dogfight & Arena Deathmatch gameplay modes.

Blurg! Even with my super-effective condensing, the list of new stuff is still looooong — but that’s a good thing for the Starhawk community! If you want the extended version of this list with all the juicy details, head on over to our LightBox Interactive Dev-Blog or the official website at Starhawkthegame.com.

Oh man, still so much to talk about. Focus Dylan. FOCUS!

If you remember back in May when we released Starhawk, I wrote a blog post about our close partnership with Major League Gaming to put together a major Starhawk Tournament for the community with great cash-money prizes. Well our good friends at MLG have been hard at work and I am wicked-excited to say that it’s “GAME-ON” for the Starhawk MLG Tourney, with $20,000 in cash prizes. Head over to the Starhawk MLG site for all the rules and details! Whatever your competitive level, there is an entry spot for everyone, and a number of different opportunities to win.

Starhawk MLG

The Starhawk MLG Tourney is a two-month long tournament with $20,000 in cash prizes at stake for not only the grand champions, so listen up. The primary tournament will revolve around an official Starhawk MLG ladder. The more you win across all online game modes, the higher you’ll rank on the MLG Starhawk ladder. At the end of this two-month phase, the top 16 ranked players will be chosen to form two “Super-Teams” who will battle it out in a live-streamed grand finale, with eight players crowned the victors of the Starhawk MLG Tournament!

As a secondary option for all players to win, the MLG has also been really cool about planning four mini-competitions along the way for smaller $500 prizes. These “quick challenges” will take place over various weekends and award players with the highest score for a particular stat such as “Most Headshots” or “Most Pod Kills.” This is a great way to increase a player’s odds of winning a piece of the big cash prize.

So, get ready for the Major League Gaming Starhawk Tournament, go hone your skills and keep your mind on your money and your money on your mind!

“But Dylan… what about Starhawk DLC?”

Don’t worry! While we have been focusing on making sure we get you guys all of the free content first, we certainly didn’t forget about the DLC — we have a truck load of it ready to go live for all of you on September 25th as well.

However, as I’ve already established in this blog post, I am sometimes a tease. So… I’m not going to list any of the DLC just yet. We’ll make another blog post about it very soon! Let me leave y’all with this one DLC hint. Here’s a piece of concept art showing a couple different design ideas for our new DLC Build & Battle structure. I’m not going to tell you what it does but I can say it’s awesome.

Starhawk Build & Battle Concept Art

I wonder what it could be?

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+ ToFeY on September 20th, 2012 at 3:54 pm said:

aaah plus why do u hate me? xD i bought starhawk recently & now the single player campaign will be free?


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    + Dylan Jobe on September 20th, 2012 at 6:30 pm said:

    Dont worry — even if you already own the game, there is more awesome Starhawk benefits in store for all of the PlayStation Plus Members!


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+ mattybwbafc on September 20th, 2012 at 4:43 pm said:

Hello i am from the UK and want to know if this will also be coming to the European PlayStation store as I really want to play this game.


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    + Dylan Jobe on September 20th, 2012 at 6:30 pm said:

    Sure is!


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+ MrBeatdown on September 20th, 2012 at 4:45 pm said:

Niiiiiice!

I’ve been wanting to get this. I’ll definitely give the free version a go. I think I’ll hold out for a disc version for the multiplayer though.


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+ Crunch1500 on September 20th, 2012 at 4:51 pm said:

This is freaking awesome!!! I’m So exited I hated the bruiser perk it was so annoying


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    + Dylan Jobe on September 20th, 2012 at 6:31 pm said:

    Yeah, it was very OP.

    We tried nerfing it but it just really had to get the axe to help balance the game.


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+ GhostMachine1 on September 20th, 2012 at 4:56 pm said:

I’ve been following news from you guys since Warhawk on PS3, when you were Incognito. Always release great DLCs and seem like solid dudes! Thanks!


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    + Dylan Jobe on September 20th, 2012 at 6:31 pm said:

    Thanks!


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+ Recon4242 on September 20th, 2012 at 5:06 pm said:

If I have a retail version of the game, can i download it for free or do i have to repay for it?
Becasue it would be nice to keep the whole game on the hard drive!
Keep it coming!


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    + Dylan Jobe on September 20th, 2012 at 6:33 pm said:

    Hi Recon4242!

    Sorry, its doesn’t do that :-/


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+ Shelby221 on September 20th, 2012 at 5:13 pm said:

How will trophies work if I have the single player only? Can I buy the online edition and then have access to the platinum? Or do I have to buy the full package upfront to have access to the platinum?


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    + Dylan Jobe on September 20th, 2012 at 6:34 pm said:

    You can earn Trophies with the SP version and then if do decide to try MP, you can download that and it uses the same Trophy list. This way you can unlock those too and get a Plat!


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+ ChronoClown on September 20th, 2012 at 5:20 pm said:

LightBox has been absolutely amazing, keep up the good work you guys! Makes me proud to be an Austinite ;)


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    + Dylan Jobe on September 20th, 2012 at 6:34 pm said:

    Rock on fellow Austin Gamer!


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+ Optimizm on September 20th, 2012 at 5:28 pm said:

Hey Dylan,

Great news! This is really a nice deal, indeed. I would like to know since PS+ gets single player for free, is it feasible for us to be able to pay $20 and just get the full game? Or does it have to be 2 separate downloads? Thanks in advance.


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    + Dylan Jobe on September 20th, 2012 at 6:35 pm said:

    in the case you outlined, it would be two downloads.


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+ Optimizm on September 20th, 2012 at 5:41 pm said:

Sorry, I should have read the prior posts. I see that both SP and MP will be separate apps. I’m guessing that the SP portion will be treated like any other free content — once your subscription lapses you will no longer have access to that SP content. Correct me if I’m wrong.

If that is the case, I believe I’ll just spring for the $40 full version. I can’t see myself letting my sub lapse, but never know these days.

Thanks again for the great offers and content for PS+. It is indeed a spectacular service and more than worth the price of admission!


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+ jason_ac on September 20th, 2012 at 5:42 pm said:

Holy $&%#!

With all these steps, you might just put Starhawk through the roof finally! I hope you do.

You’ve got to get the word out though.


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    + Dylan Jobe on September 20th, 2012 at 6:35 pm said:

    I would love that to happen!

    *fingers-crossed*


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+ MikLSP on September 20th, 2012 at 5:55 pm said:

This is amazing news. A superb update and even better marketing.
I seriously hope the same deal comes to SCEE!


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    + Dylan Jobe on September 20th, 2012 at 6:36 pm said:

    Oh yes, the same deal is available for the PS Plus Members in Europe!


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+ TJF588 on September 20th, 2012 at 6:13 pm said:

Looking at your replies to people here (excluding me, which admittedly I’d do the same), you guys are alright. Shame I’m basically opposite to Ryumoau (@55), since I even prefer when platformers have no shooting mechanics, but every genre (or genre blend) deserves good, impassioned team working in them.


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    + Dylan Jobe on September 20th, 2012 at 6:37 pm said:

    :-)


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+ YungShep on September 20th, 2012 at 6:56 pm said:

Had a hunch something like this was in the works…..REALLY GLAD I WAITED! For once i get something free that ive wanted since release. Muchos Gracias, i will be supporting the multiplayer. Its all about player-choice and i really appreciate the option to get the multiplayer as a stand-alone title. All developers should do this. I bet Call Of Duty single player wouldnt sell.

And Dylan YES! I got LBPVita and it is extremely filled with lots of awesomesauce. every must buy if you own a Vita.


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+ YungShep on September 20th, 2012 at 6:58 pm said:

Hey i live in Austin too :) i was at your tournament last year, u signed my Sharpshooter


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+ camiwaits_us on September 20th, 2012 at 7:14 pm said:

Cool announcement. It might be enough reason to renew my plus membership.


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+ er910 on September 20th, 2012 at 7:29 pm said:

Ya’ll gone bring me back this game. Assault and Arena look like modes I want to play. Thank you LBI.


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+ Shatgan on September 20th, 2012 at 7:29 pm said:

Seems like a sword to me.


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+ s0ckm0nk333y on September 20th, 2012 at 8:01 pm said:

As a pre-release purchaser and PSN member, it looks like I overpaid to the tune of $40 for this sucker.


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+ Celsus on September 20th, 2012 at 8:46 pm said:

Perhaps I should ask…will there be multi player vehicles someday?


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+ Shouper2273 on September 20th, 2012 at 10:07 pm said:

wow, you reminded me, call sONY and get the beta gifts! keep forgeting.

also, do we have to have PS+ day 1 or we can`t go back and get the gifts you speak of? or can we just get the PS+ 1 day after for example and still be entitled on the awsomeness?

I`m going tommarrow to get a PSN card with Star Hawk written all over it!

I`ll leave my other questions for the forums :D


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+ USRevenge2 on September 20th, 2012 at 10:53 pm said:

Not bad,
I heard the game was co-op from a friend ( we both been sorta waiting for it to be $20 or so)

so, if the game is co-op, does the single player for PSN+ members get that? if not, does the multiplayer buy come with it?
if I am a plus member and get single player, and buy the multiplayer… do I get 2 different “apps” or do they magically combine into 1, or can plus members get them combined for $20 >.>


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+ Vidarcr on September 20th, 2012 at 10:56 pm said:

This is great, loved the beta, but with my financial status couldn’t buy the game, I think I should buy the full game just to support you guys, the mp is a blast and a lot more people should be playing it.


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+ DazeOfWar on September 20th, 2012 at 11:10 pm said:

First off I really want to commend you on your responses for this post. This is the best I’ve seen on any post.

Now as a Plus member this is a cool deal but the only problem for me is that I thought the single player portion of the game was terrible. Bad story tacked onto a training ground for the multi-player. Would have rather seen the MP portion given out to Plus members but what can I say.

Seeing all the support you have given this game may make me buy the MP portion since I traded off my retail copy a little after release. The games were empty a lot and I really got tired of constantly being wiped out right when I spawn because of a Hawk. I also didn’t care for the idiots on your own team destroying our defenses because they wanted to build there own Hawk station instead of use the one 10 ft away.

Overall the MP was fun and I just may get back into it again.


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+ cheta85 on September 21st, 2012 at 12:13 am said:

Now this is why PS Plus is the best offer in digital entertainment history. I dont know how people can even go elsewhere while Playstation is offering so much. Thanks again guys


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+ LordRaoh on September 21st, 2012 at 1:17 am said:

Brilliant.

I’d love to see options like this for more games.


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+ quietturtle on September 21st, 2012 at 3:26 am said:

Hi and good day starhawk / Dylan Jobe
Im like wwwhhhooo about hearing / seeing on free single player campaign for playstation plus members i just got a question though. Now I’m sorry if you answered this question already if you have just disregard it wwwhhhooo :) if you haven’t here is my question. My question is can we use the sweet tooth skin ( twisted metal limited exclusive ) or the starhawk beta reward add ons in the single player campaign or just in the full version ? Thank you thank you taking time to read my comment and your help in this matter wwwhhhooo :)


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+ Major_Hoare on September 21st, 2012 at 5:56 am said:

I want to toss my hat into this ring and say thanks to you guys at LB interactive for really going all out on Starwak with the post release DLC support free maps and now this! I played and enjoyed the beta but afterwards Starhawk slipped off my radar as my backlog of games piled up. Will be renewing my PS+ for you guys! Loving it!!!


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+ Lohverz on September 21st, 2012 at 1:36 pm said:

How come there’s no demo of Starhawk in the PlayStation Store for those of us still trying to decide if the game is for us?


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+ o-Sweetz-o on September 21st, 2012 at 3:24 pm said:

“The SP and MP versions do not share content the way you outlined. That would certainly be a very efficient way to do it but unfortunately that kind of functionality is not available to us :-(”

So why not just make the full version available to Plus members for $20 then? Because right now you’re making your Plus members more or less download the same game twice and have it take up twice the amount on their hard drive if they want to have the full game without paying more for it than they should need to. You want to make things more convenient for your subscribers, not less. Did no one seriously think of this?


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+ ReptileHand on September 21st, 2012 at 3:33 pm said:

Hmm! Not interested! and my Plus runs out this saturday. Not renewing! Too many games and I hardly ever play them (I play my bought games more than the ones I “rent” for free. I like the new discounts on DLC and would’ve bought the BL1 DLC if I wasn’t getting BL2 :p

I’m glad that DLC is somewhat getting some love in PS+ plus. Free would be good.

But now that MP is happening a little bit more on PSN, can we have Mass Effect’s 3′s multiplayer? I played the demo awhile back and it was insanely fun and addicting (I’m a huge fan of wave based co-op). I could probably just go out and buy the full game but I have yet to beat Mass Effect 2. Would love to see an option for ME3 multiplayer though at some point in the future.


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+ Shouper2273 on September 22nd, 2012 at 6:55 am said:

@USRevenge2, Co-op will be in multi-player (95% sure) since if you are not connected online, all you can do is exlprore MP maps, and the campeign. co-op needs to be connected (aswell as HomeWorlds and MP) online.

they are also adding co-op the ability to be a privet game (the way we have it now) or a public game. If its a public game you may see it in the gam,e lits, you can also use quick match and enter a co-op public game.


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+ Techdecker283 on September 22nd, 2012 at 12:40 pm said:

Nice. I already own the disc, but would we be able to download the multiplayer part without paying or would that be an extra fee. P.S since my friend has plus and can get $20 to $30 if he does his chores then i will tell him about this. He really wants to play it


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+ Bcrazyman on September 22nd, 2012 at 8:58 pm said:

hey this is great news i got bthe game and i really love playing it its really awsome!
also i thought is was free?
playstation said it was gonna be free! what happened!
need to know ok thanks!


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+ gameperson23 on September 23rd, 2012 at 8:25 am said:

Awesome! I’ve been wanting to play this game for a while now! Is the multiplayer edition always available for $20 even with the free single player version and is there a discount?


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+ ARMY_GREEN1 on September 23rd, 2012 at 4:05 pm said:

I hope this update is good. The last one was amazing!!! Thanks for making the maps free again. But i still think Warhawk is a little better than Starhawk.


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+ SnakEyez91 on September 24th, 2012 at 2:25 pm said:

If you guys can make a few more cothing pieces (Helmets for rifter and Heads for outcast, tortso, pants, hands and deff accessories) that be cool too lol. Also any chance of puttin in a cinema mode or picture mode? ive gotten some once in a life time good snipe kills. shot someone out of a hawk and tank lol

also a new DLC vehicle would be cool too. Paid i guess. It could be a truck. one big enough to hold 5-6 players to bring to enemy territory and drop them off there. to help change things around. Maybe till work, maybe it wont. also is it possible to have an option when choosing what to build to press up on the D-pad to choose an upgrade? (for example… Triangle to select the wall. you have standard wall, then hit up on D-pad to choose gate) instead of waiting for it to spawn, then upgrade? it be alot faster. and also the last thing would be making a dodge or roll option.. like when sprinting, press and hold sprint and then Circle to dodge, or shoulder roll out of the way. (would really help against getting run over by sidewinders)

if ya cant, ya cant. but anyways awesome update i really cant wait for this update. Starhawk and Uncharted 3 are having the best updates lately. its awesome!!!!


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+ AndysPants on September 25th, 2012 at 8:05 pm said:

Hmm, I think I may have accidentally bought the $10 pass version instead of the $20 multiplayer version. Why did you put the $10 pass next to the free single player in the Plus section Sony!?!? What were you thinking???
Will the $10 pass be sufficient for multiplayer or can I somehow get a refund so I can buy the correct item? Any advice?
I just hope they fix this before others make the same mistake. Plus the pass description says simply “Access all online features of Starhawk!”
So frustrated if I just wasted $10.


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+ timothy496 on September 28th, 2012 at 11:39 pm said:

I also bought the $10 pass based on the description. I called customer service today.
I was told my request for a refund had to go to another dept for consideration. Within two weeks I’ll get an email from the refund reviews of their decision.
The csr felt fairly confident I would get a refund. In general, if you buy something by mistake, you typically wouldn’t use it. During the refund review process they’ll see you didn’t use (take advantage)of the incorrect purchase and usually issue the credit back to your psn acct OR credit card.


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+ CorvaXcore on October 1st, 2012 at 6:59 am said:

I have a question… if I buy the pass online for plus member, can I play coop or multiplayer online with the free single campaign?

sorry for my bad english :$


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+ THEHAWK3986 on October 17th, 2012 at 8:14 pm said:

I have Playstation PLus and I have downloaded the massive StarHawk file. I was wondering will you guys be releasing a way for those who have already downloaded free game to unlock the multiplayer mode instead of another download. I have the online pass and Im waiting patiently for starhawk single campaign to play online..


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