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Killzone Shadow Fall: Your Questions Answered

Sid Shuman's Avatar + Posted by Sid Shuman on Oct 21, 2013 // Senior Manager, Social Media

As Killzone Shadow Fall gears up for PS4’s November 15th launch in North America, we caught up with Game Director Steven Ter Heide to get answers to your burning questions across single-player and multiplayer.

We reveal new details on co-op, dedicated servers, weapons, DualShock 4, and much more. Enjoy!

@ShawnMacLean: Is Killzone Shadow Fall a good entry point to the Killzone franchise? (source)

Steven Ter Heide: Absolutely! In many ways, Killzone Shadow Fall is a fresh start for the franchise — the game takes place some thirty years after the original Killzone trilogy, so most of the characters and story arcs from those games have passed into history. And while die-hard fans will appreciate the nods to earlier Killzone titles, no knowledge of the Killzone universe is required to get into the story.

@nick_serio: How long is the campaign? (‏source)

STH: Killzone Shadow Fall’s campaign should last well over 10 hours for most gamers.

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@DGuetta52: Will Killzone’s campaign be co-op? (source)

STH: No, the campaign will not have a co-op mode. However, we’re planning to release a separate Online Co-op Expansion Pack after launch; it will add a new wave-based game mode, in which up to four players take on hordes of enemies in special arena maps. For more information about the Online Co-Op Expansion Pack, please refer to our Season Pass announcement.

@LB_Ed: Any plans for split screen support? Playing a game has always been more fun locally then online. (source)

STH: We currently have no plans for split-screen support.

@Mr_Tom_B: Will Killzone Shadow Fall multiplayer run on dedicated servers, or peer to peer? Will there be peer-to-peer hosting at all? (source)

STH: We are running with dedicated servers to handle the transfer of data between clients.

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@IronSir: How will the level system in multiplayer work? (source)

STH: We have a Challenge-based system, where completing one of the 1,500 Challenges will increase your rank by one. We will continue to add new Challenges after launch.

@MrFredchr: Why did you choose to remove XP and levels? (source)

STH: Levels are part of the game, as completing one of the 1,500 Challenges increases your rank. However, we felt XP was less about skill and more about time, so we designed a new system with a greater emphasis on skill.

@Fishrock123: Any news of vehicles in the multiplayer? (source)

STH: Killzone Shadow Fall multiplayer will not have any vehicles (such as Exoskeletons or Jetpacks) at launch. We wanted to ensure that player-created, custom Warzones work on all multiplayer maps, and the inclusion of vehicles would have introduced too many new variables and exceptions to guarantee this.

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@BucktownzFinest: Since there are Warzones to join, does that mean there’s no standard matchmaking? (‏source)

STH: Not sure what you mean by standard matchmaking, but when you select a Warzone, the game will then look for a suitable match to join.

@WilliamPeter417: How many weapons are available for customization for multiplayer mode? (‏source)

STH: Killzone Shadow Fall will have 22 weapons at launch, and pretty much all of them can be enhanced with various attachments.

@HamseD: Since all the weapons are unlocked, what about the attachments? (source)

STH: Attachments are not unlocked by default — you can unlock them by completing Challenges.

@TheWroster: ‏How will the DS4 touchpad work in this game? (source)

STH: For singleplayer we are using the touchpad to select the mode the OWL is in. It can be set into four different modes with quick swipes on the touchpad. For multiplayer, we use it to bring up menus.

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@double_T_azn: Will there be more hand to hand takedowns than what we’ve seen in previous trailers? (source)

STH: We have a variety of melee moves, including combo kills where you take down two enemies in quick succession, or a dropdown melee. The dropdown is also available in multiplayer.

@double_T_azn: Will there be bonuses for transferring Vita saves for Killzone: Mercenary onto the PS4? (source)

STH: No, we have no plans for connectivity between Killzone: Mercenary and Killzone Shadow Fall.

@nurseman22: My question is: where have you been all my life? (source)

STH: Right here in the studio, working hard on Killzone Shadow Fall!

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+ my360broke_again on October 21st, 2013 at 4:47 pm said:

“No, the campaign will not have a co-op mode. However, we’re planning to release a separate Online Co-op Expansion Pack after launch; it will add a new wave-based game mode, in which up to four players take on hordes of enemies in special arena maps.”

Lame. Co-op is what made Halo, Halo. Killzone looks better than any Halo which is saying a lot, I love the game, but REALLY love co-op. It would take Killzone to the next level. Horde mode is such a lame tack on!

Whatever. I will probably put about 30 hours into this game, sell it and play BF4 until spring when the rest of the good games come out.


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+ passivefamiliar on October 21st, 2013 at 4:59 pm said:

no splitscreen??? bummer….even a offline botzone mode so a couple friends can duke it out with noob bots as decoys. i really hate how developers seem to not be on board for splitscreen. offline even people, come on.

still interested…but, no splitscreen actually knocks it down a peg or two. couch co-op can be a big selling point. so i can wait a bit for this one.


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+ HITTERSAURUS-REX on October 21st, 2013 at 5:01 pm said:

Whoooooo Hoooooooo.. Killzone Shadow Fall just got whole lot better on PSN/PS4.. Whoooo WHooooo.

“Party Voice Chat will support up to 8 players on PS4, like PS Vita”.. Thank You..

Thank You for sharing.. Sid Shuman


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+ saab01 on October 21st, 2013 at 5:04 pm said:

Still thinking to Cancel my Ghosts pre order for this. I am getting sick of the same ol COD COD every year.


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+ TONIDarKnes on October 21st, 2013 at 5:50 pm said:

Pity that the Brazilian government robs us that we could enjoy the fun with the rest of the world at the same time, since I have no conditions to buy a PS4 at launch and could never have a launch is very sad and I know that is not the fault of Sony but the person viewing a profit with the happiness of people who would gladly spend the salary of 5 messes to have such an awesome game.
Então vamos governo Brasileiro pegue meu dinheiro, não precisa tomar de mim, porque eu ganho mais.


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+ my360broke_again on October 21st, 2013 at 6:10 pm said:

“Still thinking to Cancel my Ghosts pre order for this. I am getting sick of the same ol COD COD every year.”
ummmm yeah.
Just yesterday, ever the COD devs said most of the people who play COD are not gamers.
Most “gamers” have given up on COD LONG ago. I gave up after MW2 like most, I think.

You have to be kidding. Killzone 4 vs COD 9. Killzone will look better. It will sound better. Killzone is one of the best sounding games EVER. The guns sound like REAL guns and have real pop like real gun do. COD, even the good ones sound like crap. Some of the least dynamic sounds I ever heard for a games. for a game with so many guns and explosions everything sound so incredibly flat. Killzone will have an amazing new story that is fresh with tons of guns you have never seen before. COD will have the same guns you have seen a billion time before.
Its ZERO choice. If you are going to get ghosts, why even get a next gen console. Just get a 10 year old PC and play Quake 3 Arena, since thats all COD is now with a military mod placed on top.


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+ MushThePainter on October 21st, 2013 at 6:16 pm said:

Would have loved split screen.. Still super hyped


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+ Coody-Baroody on October 21st, 2013 at 7:09 pm said:

@AznDreamer comment 37

Why is it such a problem for you that we ask for 3D support? Almost ALL new tvs have 3D now and Killzone 3 had 3D and it was superb so why shouldn’t we ask? Move too. With the sharpshooter and in 3D Killzone 3 was one of the best most immersive gaming experiences I’ve ever had.

It also makes me laugh when people like you say 3D is dead and nobody wants it but yet on all these Killzone game pieces you see time and time again people asking for it.

Don’t hate on it just because you can afford it or haven’t tried it.


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+ Coody-Baroody on October 21st, 2013 at 7:11 pm said:

Give us next gen 3D GUERILLA PLEEEEEASE? 3D was very good on PS3, it will be the quality it deserves on PS4. The demand is there so please guys get it done?


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+ EbOuNcE88 on October 21st, 2013 at 7:59 pm said:

God some of you are such whiny little brats.. LOL .. No split screen WAAAHHNNN… No clan news? WAAAAHNN.. No 3d or move? WAAAAHHNNNNN. Anyways I already pre-ordered my PS4 and KZSF. Only played 3, but online was super fun even though levels were kinda bland. Also didn’t help that I came in late and there was noone playing.. Maybe they were on the new maps?? Good idea of giving out free maps. I hope you guys can dethrone COD and BF. If not ill go back to COD ghosts. Game looks great though keep up good work


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+ Elvick_ on October 21st, 2013 at 9:18 pm said:

I want PS Move support.

You’re doing nothing at all for it on PS4. The only game I can think of that IS supporting it is Octodad, which is indie.

So what’s Sony doing for it? You really want people to buy a PS Camera for just Playroom and system features?


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+ LOGANSFOLLY on October 22nd, 2013 at 12:03 am said:

I find it hard to beilve he didn’t know what was ment by ”match making” and i find that worrying. Match making for newbs and pro’s alike has to be a big deal this coming gen. I know M$ have put alot of effort into it.


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+ XxCRAZYxRAGExX on October 22nd, 2013 at 12:37 am said:

This is off topic but are you guys EVER going to put SKYRIM on psn network? Its been on Xbox Live for over a year as a digital option and is only a little over 3 gigs in size on 360. So what is the hold up on psn? I want to get rid of my last disc game which is Skyrim cause ai prefer digital over disc. Oh and please get Nascar 2011 and Nascar inside Line on the usa psn store. They are available digital in the UK and even hong kong of all places and yet it being a american motor sport its not available digital here yet? What?


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+ Biggz124 on October 22nd, 2013 at 1:22 am said:

PLEASE ADD SPLIT SCREEN LOCAL MP!


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+ GABEv01 on October 22nd, 2013 at 2:09 am said:

Let the Shadow Fall upon our enemies. Killzone is near!


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+ moog on October 22nd, 2013 at 8:44 am said:

No split screen? Come on, it’s great playing with friends on the same sofa. Rental it is.


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+ alain9426 on October 22nd, 2013 at 3:44 pm said:

Is it going to be mixed in 7.1 surround? (Yes I’m the only sound geek here)


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+ HITTERSAURUS-REX on October 22nd, 2013 at 7:00 pm said:

Actually Alain9436 your far from it. Though I share your same audiophile compassion. I too am looking forward to NeXgeN audio included in gaming when the time presents itself like Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, and DTS-HD, DTS-HD Master Audio as my HDMI receiver channels all of that pretty and detailed sound.

Back on Topic of KillZone/PS4 related news:
Sid Shuman, your Fame just got more Famous due to you replying to my comment.
http://www.gamespot.com/articles/ps4-party-chat-supports-up-to-8-players/1100-6415712/
Hey I may just share it with MLBtheSHOW TSN website.. Yeahp that’s where I come from. :)


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+ HITTERSAURUS-REX on October 22nd, 2013 at 7:04 pm said:

Hey if post #68 is a cause of concern, Please feel free to remove with my full approval. Just wanted to spread the love Sid Shuman on how his words made it to gamespot page in him providing a super answer regarding KillZone & PS4.. I’m still so ecstatic over that to top it off with what I’ve seen.. It’s all WIN all the time.. :)


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+ Akuma07 on October 22nd, 2013 at 9:52 pm said:

You know, I really feel like the Helghast are the good guys in the Killzone world. They have been constantly abused by the Vektan’s and even had their home planet invaded and subsequently destroyed, for what? And NOW, we have ANOTHER game, where we basically play the bad guy and kick the good guys down again. Killzone has show cased a world where the superior Vektan’s are constantly pushing the Helghast over into the mud, and told not to get back up again.


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+ Elvick_ on October 22nd, 2013 at 10:25 pm said:

Still want to know how you expect the co-op to live when it’s DLC.


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+ blackpanhandle66 on October 23rd, 2013 at 8:55 am said:

killzone 4 will it ever be out on ps3 as i’m holding off for now on getting a ps4,as killzone fan of the last three games it would be sad if it’s only on ps4 as lot’s of fans would miss out on a great game.


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+ Welmosca on October 23rd, 2013 at 10:07 am said:

@ 36 AznDreamer – I agree 100%…I keep reporting cheaters while I’m playing online but sure GG dont do anything about them.


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+ Wrecklesss on October 23rd, 2013 at 2:53 pm said:

Anyone else notice the Triforce symbol?


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+ CrispyCanuk on October 28th, 2013 at 6:39 pm said:

Not sure if I will buy the Season pass but I can’t even find it to pre-order / buy yet, there isn’t even a link to it on the killzone site…how am I supposed to get it for day 1 if its not buy-able anywhere..


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+ PrinceOfTheStar on October 30th, 2013 at 4:00 am said:

I would like to know why did you remove Spectator Mode after Killzone 2. I mean, Killzone games are, in my opinion, the best competitive FPS around, much more than COD or BF , but it seems that SONY and GG are not focusing on improving the feature required to make KZ the reference point of national and international events for the Competitve Gaming scenario. I’m an online event organizer myself, and I would like to set up very interesting prize-based tournaments for KZ SF, but without Spectator Mode, which allows an external player to stream the game, make a coverage and switch from opponents points of view, this could be hard, since without it, there is much lesser visibility for any sponsor interested in investing on this game. Thank you for your answer


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+ silentwolfSW97 on November 4th, 2013 at 4:32 pm said:

Obviously Shadow Fall will be one of the first Next-Gen shooters, does this mean you’ve taken it to the next level and gone away from the standard 10-14 missions in campaign, and this time made 15-20 missions? I would love to have a long campaign that will last a while even on the first playthrough. :)


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+ von2210 on November 4th, 2013 at 10:56 pm said:

so is it true you won’t be able to use the move/sharpshooter? the whole reason I played KZ3 was for the realistic play with the sharpshooter….. now if its true, your just going backwards…. I may even cancel my pre-order


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+ PresidentCheema on November 6th, 2013 at 8:27 am said:

Can you have 2 people playing online from the same console. Split screen online?


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+ jonb8305 on November 10th, 2013 at 7:38 pm said:

I need Move/Sharpshooter support for this game. In fact I don’t want to play single player FPS games without it. Absolutely loved using it on my PS3.


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