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Behind The Curtain: The Warhawk Servers

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As I mentioned in my last post, I wanted to give you guys a bit of a “peek-behind-the-curtain,” to show you our sweet Warhawk server setup.

Those of you familiar with Warhawk already know that the game features a very unique server method that we call “Integrated Game Server” or IGS for short — the industry needs more acronyms don’t you think :-)

The Warhawk IGS method means that instead of us forcing players to be connected to the SONY “mothership” for any and all games, we instead let players host their own servers on their own PS3s. This is fairly unique and it enables a couple of really nice benefits.

First, since Warhawk is a global online game, our IGS method scatters game servers quite literally into player’s homes all over the planet — the US, China, Europe, Australia, and Japan! No matter where you live, what time you want to play, or what language you speak, you’ll always be able to get your game on.

Secondly, this helps with latency. If you haven’t heard, Warhawk is a fast game, a very fast game, so we wanted to ensure you had the best chance of finding servers with good ping times. We also wanted to make sure people could host *and* play on their own servers. After all, why should you have to connect to a server a gazillion hops away when you know that there are Warhawk servers running in your state or city? Possibly on your same ISP? Maybe even friends in your neighborhood or buddies in your dorm?

Hence our desire to develop an IGS system for Warhawk.

All that said, we still want to make sure that there are always an abundance of wicked-fast Ranked Dedicated servers available for players. The images that accompany this post were taken by our very talented IT team here at SCEA. And yes, what you’re looking at is an enormous server cluster for Warhawk…of rack-mounted PS3s!

During the public beta, many of you wanted *way more* Ranked-Dedicated servers to play on so you could level-up and earn awards, rank upgrades, etc….

Well…ask and ye shall receive!

In addition to players being able to host their own servers, 32-player “dedicated” servers for your clan practices or 24-player “player” servers, SONY has made a great commitment to all of our Warhawk players by staging Warhawk Server clusters similar to this one all over the world.

The system that our IT team engineered for Warhawk is truly killer and we couldn’t be happier with the setup — and hopefully players will be stoked too once the game launches. Just for the record…I am fairly confident that our IT team is not comprised of Autobots.

For those of you who participated in the beta, you may remember toward the end that some players started to “spoof” the official SONY server names — shame on you. I will find you all online and shank you repeatedly or snipe you in the crotch!

So…in the beta forums you all asked for a way to identify official SONY servers from player servers…Again, your wish is granted.

When Warhawk launches, all official servers are displayed with an eye-pleasing blue color in the server list. This gives players a really quick way of picking which server they want to connect to.

Alright, this post is getting pretty damn long so I gotta wrap it up.

The last thing I want to mention, and those of you who participated in the beta already know this, is that we don’t force game match-making on to our players with Warhawk. When you log-in to Warhawk, you get a server list…a *global* server list (with customizable filters of course), just like many of us have come to love from years of PC gaming. *You*, the player, get to choose the server you want to play on. If you don’t see a server out there that has exactly what you want…then launch your own.

And yes, you can play on your own server too…even in 4-way split screen.

Well…hope this gives you a bit more info on Warhawk’s server system and setup. If you have any questions please post them in the comments and I’ll try to answer as many as I can.

Rock on!

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    and it sounds like the 360 has more things with it. Does sony even have a market place to get trailers, updates, movies, demos. and more. I bet not.

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  • @ Dylan
    This game has been confirmed for August 28th right, is that worldwide coz didnt u say in an interview at E3 that it would be a world wide release? i hope so i live in the UK and want this game for August 28th bad…

    thanks :)

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    Im not even going to try arguing with you. You are simply a retard and need to go back to http://www.majornelson.com and forums.xbox.com and comment there.

  • I have a big question, please respond. And by the way my name is dylan too. I got the beta and the people who have the beta, will they be allowed to use the beta instead of having to buy the game?

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    HEY guys this is awsome i hope they have some serious air conditioning in there. cause in my entertainment center my ps3 gets up to like 100 degress. Did i mention that is a ton of PS3s .

  • That’s hot…

    quite literally with how hot some PS3s run. LOL

  • that’s awesome

  • im really looking forward to the game, hey when is that FAQ going to be posted!?!?

  • Don’t tell me Dylan forgot about us !!!!

    I wonder if they forgot to implement party system and are now scrabbling around the office trying to figure out what it is….lol

    Seriously guys, if it’s not in the game just work on it for an online update within the first month or two…I mean your game is strictly online so whatever you can’t finish for the launch all the people that buys your game has online capabilities so you don’t have to worry about getting the new updates and content to the consumers.

  • @ fireras
    ” Don’t tell me Dylan forgot about us !!!!”

    I know, the warhawk FAQ was supposed to come out a week ago. If he is having trouble answering our questions or it’s just tacking more time he could at least give us an update

  • Well Sony had to do something with all the PS3 that aren’t selling. I guess its better then going the way of the Jaguar.

  • If Micro$oft had a similar set up with its 360. I can picture the server technician stepping out for lunch then return only to see the ring of death cover the faces of every system in the clusters.

  • Sony, what the heck! Why won’t you release these demos! First Lair, now Ratchet! Why wait?! And what’s with not giving us 3rd party game demos, Xbox Live get’s them! I thought you were listening!

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