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Warhawk v1.5 Update “Free Never Gets Old!”

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President, LightBox Interactive

In our ever-changing world, a world where Brett Favre is now a Jet, things can happen very quickly! So it should be expected that another FREE Warhawk Update be released with equal quickness! :-)

OMG…he’s a Jet…I still can’t get over it but, whatever.

We just released our v1.4 Update a month ago and we’re ready to upgrade our players to the latest version–Warhawk v1.5 which is tentatively scheduled for release on August 27th. We’re currently in the final phase of global Sony certification testing and all is looking good so far!

“Tell us Dylan…What’s in the latest Update???”

Custom In-Game Music

This feature was asked for by a bazillion players! Now players can use the XMB music player to play their own custom music. Warhawk will also detect if you are using the XMB player and automatically disable the in-game Warhawk music. Convenience for the win!

XMB Trophies

I have talked about this several times before so this is by no means new-news…especially with the recent leak of our full trophy list – gotta love the internets. BTW, the team and I are really flattered that someone would risk their job to leak confidential info about our game — Makes us feel good in a weird kinda way.


There are 56 trophies included in the Warhawk v1.5 Update. These also include trophies for the booster packs, some of the trophies are, or rather *were*, hidden and some are retroactive based on your server-side stats. Here are just a few of the trophies that are included.

Warhawh - XMB trophies

Training Tutorials

As more and more people join the Warhawk community, we are seeing an even greater difference between skill-levels than ever before. New Warhawk players had to go online in order to learn the game and, invariably, they would encounter enemy players that were, shall we say, not too kind to newbies :) This made it really hard for players to learn the ropes, get familiar with the controls, weapons, etc.

So…The new v1.5 Update includes 4 very simple tutorials that can be played off-line. Each one focuses on the core principals of each of the 3 modes of gameplay: Infantry, Ground Vehicles and Aircraft. Now these tutorials are very, very simple and It wouldn’t surprise me if some of our more hardcore players find them way too pedestrian. But we’re looking to help the *new* player, a player that may not be that familiar with Warhawk or the shooter genre. These tutorials are an invaluable help to a newbie!!!

Warhawk - Drone_1

After completing each of the 3 core tutorials a trophy is unlocked – a nice incentive for new players and, well…all you avid Warhawk players can think of them as “easy-money”.

The forth training tutorial, “Flight Practice” is intended to be replayed over and over again, and help players get familiar with the most rewarding, and most challenging of the 3 gameplay modes: Piloting Aircraft!

In this one, you are tasked with destroying as many attack drones as possible in 3 minutes. These simple, hovering turrets fire swarm missiles at you as you practice flying and “scrubbing” missiles. This tutorial is a huge help for new players by giving them a safe, offline way to practice their piloting skills.

Now I know that there are many players out there that often engage in 1v1 dogfights for fun and bragging rights. And while these tutorials are way, way below your skill-level, you may find it fun to do “speed-runs” and compare kill counts.

Warhwak - Drone_2

Retract Clan Invites

Another feature that players, or more specifically, clan-leaders have asked for, is the ability to retract a clan invite that they have sent to a player. For whatever reason, that player maybe never responded to the invite, was being a…a…what’s a blog-safe term that I won’t get in trouble for using??? How about “tool”, yes I’ll use the term tool. So if a player is being a tool and just camping on your invite…you can pull it back. This is important to clan admins because there is a fixed number of clan invites (64) that an admin can have pending at any one time.

New Paint Schemes & Insignias

Awhile ago you all may recall that we held a competition in the USA where players could submit their own Warhawk and Nemesis paint schemes. We selected the 20 best ones and integrated them with the v1.3 update. Well, we held another competition but this time for our players in Europe. We got some great submissions for paint schemes and insignias, and we’re glad to show you all the winners! All of these, the 20 new paint schemes and 50 new insignias are included in the v1.5 update and of course they are free as are all of our updates.

Warhawk - SCEE PaintSchemeWinners_Small

Warhawk - SCEE InsigniaWinners

GGL Ceremonial Blades

The GGL recently held a Warhawk tournament and you probably saw the post from our Sr. Producer at SCEA, Harvard Bonin. Below is an image of the new GGL-Ceremonial Knife that participants in the GGL tournament will receive automatically when the v1.5 update is released. You don’t have to do anything to enable it…the global Warhawk server knows if you were in the tournament and will auto-grant you the award.

Warhawk - GGL_01

Warhawk - GGL_02

For you members ARMED^ASSASSIN’s, the next time you player after the v1.5 update is released, your infantry combat blade will be replaced by the Champion’s Blade (seen below) and you’ll be the only players on the planet with this item!

What’s more fun than a Trophy that you can beat someone with? – I submit…NOTHING :)

“Rookie” Server Color-Coding

We also have added an attractive green color to all official “rookie” server names in the server list. Players that are eligible to play on rookie servers will find these servers sorted to the top of the list automagically for easy selection.

To recap the color coding, Blue servers are official Sony hosted servers, Yellow servers are games launched from HOME, and Green servers are reserved for “rookies”.

We have also fixed the exploit that allowed some players to host unlimited flag capture games, get underneath and into the battlefield and act like….like tools. We also fixed the issue with Quick Join that required you to have stats previously posted in order for it to work properly, and a few other items…ohh yeah, and the 1-minute farming of the Winning Team Ribbon has been fixed. Oh…and one more thing, we are going to be rolling-out version checking on the EULA and announcements so if you have already seen them and they haven’t changed, Warhawk will automatically bypass those screens for you.

Some of you may have read some rumors about our next Booster Pack…I can neither confirm nor deny anything…at least for right now :) Keep your eyes peeled for an update here on the blog and the media coverage at Leipzig which is right around the corner!!!

Last hint…and this is an easy one:

With one of these equipped, a soldier can escape quickly…even bail out if needed!

As always – Rock on!


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Game-o-holic said:

August 11th, 7:18 pm

Wow. Cheers to Incognito for such a mammoth update. I can tell you listen to the Warhawk gamers. I had a hard time getting used to the controls of this game when I would be shot down in a matter of seconds… the tutorial will now help me and my friends adjust to the controls. I bet there will be a huge spike in players now that newbies can practice up. Thanks.

ThAGriZZ45 said:

August 11th, 7:21 pm

Hey Dylan?!?!

Will the be more GGL tournaments to come where you can win an item of some sort like that. Maybe a new type of know or something.

Me being outta town missed my chance so I was just wondering are they holding any more tourneys?!?!

zeel said:

August 11th, 7:46 pm

sooooo cool just a week after my birthday! so is that list corect cuz some of thos thing are sooo easy kill a warhakw with a shield is gold and some are way to hard like take 250 damage on foot within 10 seconds is bronze or is that like for hero mode cuz then it would be easy and silver brake a shield withe the zap gun I cant cont how many times someone has done that to me! is that realy the officeal list or is it maby orginized rong cuz that dose not sond right

Kenshin001 said:

August 11th, 7:56 pm

Fantastic update. Warhawk is still my most played game on PS3. A real shame I can’t access the Booster packs because I have an imported version and DLC is region locked.

Simstim said:

August 11th, 8:10 pm

You guys have shown a lot of love for this game with you continued support, thanks.

Razlo3000 said:

August 11th, 8:34 pm

I just want to say this game is simply amazing. I have ranked my way up to air marshal with a KDR of 1.44 which I think ain’t too bad. My real expertise is in the air. When I fly, NOTHING else does. Anyway I just wanted to present a question I had.

A while back there was that ”flag toss” mess. For those of you who don’t know, it was basically a few players from each side huddled at one teams flag. A player from…blue would grab the flag, immediately drop it, and the red player next to him would return it. This process repeats highly rapidly. This cheap method of point stacking allowed any player to earn up to 30,000 points in one game. Sadly, when I was a rookie, a few hours in, I entered one of these games under someone elses instruction. I stacked about 50,000 points in two games before someone team killed me and told me this was NOT common behaviour for players, and was a huge form of cheating. So, I never did it again.

I now climbed up to air marshal, and established a highly respectable record. However, that blemish from my rookie days still lingers like a bad odor. I wish SOO much that It could be undone. I fear that as I upgrade, my record will be erased as penalty. Is it possible to be forgiven for this dishonorable act and have those point removed?

Jackal888 said:

August 11th, 8:36 pm

Dylan,I do love what has been happenening with Warhawk and this patch could help me learn how to fly better. I am good with ground combat but my flying needs help. I just got the combo OD/BM boosters and I love the APC. The fact it is a spawn point is great for strategy.No Dropship with APC was a letdown.

I still have one problem with Warhawk,communication.Eighty percent of the games I am in nobody communicates. Maybe I should join a clan or something. There should be a ribbon for communication or an incentive to do so.

zombito92 said:

August 11th, 8:37 pm

This is an awesome update can’t wait only 16 more days

zombito92 said:

August 11th, 8:40 pm

one more thing
Last hint…and this is an easy one:

With one of these equipped, a soldier can escape quickly…even bail out if needed!

Does this mean that their will be Parachutes???

Scarecrow said:

August 11th, 8:52 pm

Been playing this game since it came out.

Probably the most addicting ps3 game to date :O

Seriously really love the 3rd person aspect of it and al the weapons, everything has a balance in this game.

By the way Dylan, more maps! Love the Vaporfield! How ’bout a rainy stage? or hazy one with fog, that would be awesome.

PS: Thank you for making the rocket launchers respawn faster, still my favorite weapon of thte game.

SpikeDelight said:

August 11th, 8:52 pm

Awesome this is just in time because my interest in Warhawk was waning.

Fallen_Guardian said:

August 11th, 9:48 pm

I cant wait for The new map called Tau Canyon and the new jet packs!

lakaihigh said:

August 11th, 10:22 pm

sad to hear that jetpacks were scrubbed from 1.5 and are being added as another booster pack. :( if they are worth it alone than you’ll have my money yet again Incognito. should be an interesting new map to balance for the jetpacks!


curtrock666 said:

August 11th, 10:23 pm


DYLAN JOBE: Would it be possible to have a “toggle switch” to turn off/on all the HUD info, for those of us who don’t need all the feedback “all the time” ? Perhaps the R3 button?
Sometimes, i just want to take in the CINEMATOGRAPY and beauty of the game, without the game data overlays. (IE: health/ammo, mini map, team score, etc..) I’m a big boy now, and when i need the info, i’ll call it up.

TY for Rockin us the BEST GAME EVER !!!!

slcleeds said:

August 11th, 10:56 pm

I was wonderin’ will we have to start the whole again (from a recruit) to receive trophies?

slcleeds said:

August 11th, 10:56 pm

*whole game again,sorry

lildrummer220 said:

August 11th, 11:32 pm

I am really going to enjoy this update. Expecially with the hint you gave….so this will allow us to bailout the aircraft. Thanks

NewYork214 said:

August 11th, 11:32 pm


no the trophies that go with ranks are retroactive because they are saved on thier servers so its not possible to download a save and cheat to get those trophies

ionwaffle said:

August 12th, 12:03 am

yo dlyan

for whatever the new boosterpack is, could you do a broken mirror and new booster combo? cos i already have omega dawn.

also was that trophy list real then?

apena89 said:

August 12th, 12:09 am

please please answer me. Will the PS3 be able to play in-game music from an external source (eg. Portable Hard Drive)? I really hope so because Super Stardust wouldn’t.

MidnightBlues said:

August 12th, 12:15 am

Are these the retroactive trophies?

Warhawk Award — Earn all in-game badges at Warhawk level.
General — Achieve a rank of General
Executive Honor — Earn all in-game medals
Master Award — Earn all in-game badges at Master level
Lt. Colonel — Achieve a rank of Lt. Colonel
Decorated Soldier — Earn any 15 in-game medals
Commander — Achieve a rank of Commander
Recognition of Merit — Earn any five in-game medals
Chief Sergeant — Achieve a rank of Chief Sergeant
Bandit Award — Earn all in-game badges at Bandit level.

would love to know so I can set some goals…I would love to update with the patch and get a slot machine-like payout of trophies :P

Finalsquall said:

August 12th, 1:49 am

Awesome update :) can’t wait :P ALSO…Hey, can you make a motorbike with side cart that has a machine gun attached to the cart :P I think that would be most awesome. Please make my dreams come true on this one :P

Jman9902 said:

August 12th, 2:03 am

My first comment… Had to make it on this! oh my god!! This is the greatest news ever for Warhawk… Can’t wait for in-game music and trophies, AND the tutorial (I’ve always needed some tips) Thanks for the info :D

2ndPSP said:

August 12th, 2:24 am

PARACHUTE!!! That’ll be handy since I can’t seem to stay in a plane for more than 5 minutes (unless I’m hiding that is). This’ll be fun, too bad school starts the 25th.

azad_champ said:

August 12th, 4:53 am

Jobe, You’re the king of the Internet! Awesome updates!!!


August 12th, 5:55 am

YOU GUYS ARE GREAT! This is what I’m talking about! You guys are implementing the new features SONY has added! I love you guys for adding throphies and IN-GAME MUSIC on top of the other goodies!!!

I’m going to get my friends to get this game!

BurgerTyme said:

August 12th, 6:13 am

Awesome, thank you guys. Warhawk is an amazing game and is severely underrated. One of the best multiplayer games ever made.

I am highly anticipating a sequel. Please make one!

weerd said:

August 12th, 6:13 am

hey Dylan!

This update sounds awesome and I can’t wait for the booster pack!

Just fyi, you probably already know about this, but there seems to be some bug in the game that a few players are exploiting. I think it only exists in the Badlands map…. but some players can somehow manage to fly their Warhawks underneath the actual map (so, they are below the surface of the map) and still target and shoot enemies, while the opposing team can’t manage to attack them since they just end up shooting at the ground… so, if you didn’t know… well, you do now!

anyways, thanks for all the updates and continuous work on the game… it’s my crack!

mattyd said:

August 12th, 6:21 am

That’s AWESOME!!!

I would LOVE to see in the future a new ability to allow the ‘backseat’ passenger in a Warhawk a gun mode…like WWII Grumman TBF Avenger (

This would allow the other guy to play defense and protect himself and the pilot!



abeq said:

August 12th, 6:37 am

Warhawk is still the best multiplayer game on the PS3. COD4, UT3 and MGS4 Online are all good, but the dynamic game play of Warhawk can’t be beat. We are all looking forward to this patch.

Paranoimia said:

August 12th, 7:04 am

Now if only you’d fix the comms quality, which is – quite frankly – a disgrace to the PS3.

Omen said:

August 12th, 7:06 am

I just wanted to say thanks to all the people working hard on making Warhawk one of the best games out there. With continual updates, warhawk has shown that you don’t have to keep coming out with new game every year. I love the idea of updates, especially free ones, and I don’t mind paying for new maps and extra vehicles. Keep up the good work. I intend on playing warhawk until there aren’t enough people to play.

NightHawk560 said:

August 12th, 7:13 am

Anybody notice the third icon above the trophies,
must be the new expansion pack. They show Omega Dawn,
Broken Mirror and the mystery icon to the very right of the icons. Can’t wait for the update and NEW EXPANSION PACK!!!!

NightHawk560 said:

August 12th, 7:15 am

And further I hope there will also be new weapons upgrades
to the warhawks themselves, napalm, tactical nuke (much stronger than the tow and very low respawn time). And hopefully some new ground troop weapons.

NightHawk560 said:

August 12th, 7:17 am

Man I’m dying for those killer looking knives, AA you suck!!!
Just jealous because they have the fancy knives.

NightHawk560 said:

August 12th, 7:27 am

Keep these new and exciting updates coming, to me this is the best online multiplayer, bar none, keep this game alive, I love WARHAWK!!!!

mza49311 said:

August 12th, 7:36 am

parachutes! that sounds awesome, I picked up warhawk and played for a bit upon release to check it out, I may have to get it again to play it some more, it’s come so far and the support continues! awesome. I could’ve used those tutorials back then! Looks like I need them since it’s been a while!

SupremeStephan said:

August 12th, 8:30 am

Great update guys. We love you! :D

masteratt said:

August 12th, 8:37 am

Will I ever stop playing this game?
Simply, no.

This is without a doubt my fav PS3 game.
Sure it may not be as awesome as MGS4 but it certainly has a much longer lifespan.

We much appreciate the continued support, free or not (i got both packs). :)

DarkWolf said:

August 12th, 9:49 am

So this makes one game with in-game music. One. No, the ones that had it before 2.4 don’t count.

GGCAN said:

August 12th, 10:34 am

Wow…thanks for the all the extras.

Warhawk definately listens to the players and actions sll our wants.

Thanks again.

absolute said:

August 12th, 10:42 am

Really good thing to see you guys continuously support a year old game.

prowlingfox said:

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Elsa43 said:

August 12th, 10:59 am

Awww… Dylan, how sweet! A flying tutorial just for me so that maybe, finally, eventually I’ll get those 5 air to air kills and rank up past sargeant major! (yeah, I really hate flying and avoided it… and now everyone is much better than me in the air – that tutorial will really help!!)

Nice abut the ability to retract clan invites… and maybe that’s why I’m currently topped out at 50. I tried to send out some invites, and the system wouldn’t let me. I guess after the new update comes out, I’ll be able to add those new people! :)

Could you please, please, please clarify WHO gets the participant’s blade??? Many non-US gamers (ie:Canadians) played in the tournament only to be told at the bracket phase that they couldn’t continue playing, would be disqualfied and wouldn’t get the blade. We knew we couldn’t win “prizes” – but the participant’s blade is not a prize! It’s a virtual item that did not require skill or luck to “win”, only participation.

Also… will this update fix the bluetooth mic problems that occurred for many, many, many of us with the last 2.4 PS3 system update??? A large number of us were affected and I hate having to use my wired USB mic. It’s also difficult to play fun games with friends when so many of them keep dropping from voice chat! I really hope some sort of fix for this issue is incorporated – it really affects the game. :(

Awesome-Ninja2 said:

August 12th, 11:05 am

wow i cannot believe it, but why so late.. i know it is because of some testing and software, but why is it taking that long???

Elsa43 said:

August 12th, 11:19 am

Ok… I just read over on the GGL site, that non US residents who participated in the tournament will NOT be getting the ingame participant’s knife. My name is off the list… I should have just lied about my nationality.

It pisses me off that inn every Playstation blog about the knife (including this one) – you continue to say “everybody” or “participants”… when what you mean is US participants or “everybody who resides in the U.S.” – really, is it so damn hard to add in those extra words!

All I want to know is why. Why will non-American participants not get the blade… and please don’t dole out the usual B.S. about it being our contest laws. The item is a VIRTUAL item. It has no monetary value. No element of luck or skill were needed to acquire this item. It’s no different than a dozen other game promotions where people can unlock virtual ingame items. It has nothing at all to do with contest or any other laws that I can see. So why? Why did you keep saying “everybody”? Why did you keep saying “all participants”? … just why??

I love the game… but I HATE how Sony and Sony Devs keep forgetting about Canadians – like we don’t exist. Like we’re “nobody” instead of “everbody”.

sonofthunder said:

August 12th, 11:31 am

has anyone noticed that were it shows u the pics of the trophies on the very right theres a new booster pack sign!
wonder whats going be it?
going to love the update by the way and it’s going to make me want to play warhawk again.

TheGraciousOne said:

August 12th, 11:35 am

That’s right folks! It’s FREE!!! Now as we shamelessly promote our FREE content that will be available this AUG 27, 2008. You won’t have to complain because it cost… wait a minute, it’s FREE. Now don’t go to sleep today and stay awake till we release our FREE update to Warhawk. Anticipate it. Breathe it. Enjoy it. By the way, did we mention it’s FREE!

Guild said:

August 12th, 11:47 am

Thanks for the update Dylan. Any word on the Bluetooth Audio issue? I know you had mentioned it was assigned to the correct people now. Its not the same game playing in silence…and with all the new modes, we REALLYYYY need to be able to talk now more than ever ;)

LordNitsud said:

August 12th, 12:04 pm

I think Warhawk is definantly going in my collection. Awesome new features.

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