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May 08

Starhawk Out Today, MLG Tournament, All Map Packs Free!

Dylan Jobe's Avatar Posted by President, LightBox Interactive

May 8th is finally upon us and Starhawk is now available in stores all over North America! The team has put a lot of work into this game and we hope you all enjoy it! To celebrate the release of Starhawk, here’s a look at our launch trailer…

But, as I mentioned in my last post, the release of Starhawk is really just the beginning of our ongoing support for our international community. And to support our online multiplayer community we have some really great announcements for you all today. First, we’re honored that Major League Gaming has taken a strong interest in Starhawk with its blend of shooter and strategy gameplay, and they’re kicking things off right with a tournament worth $20,000 in prizes so get over to and sign-up! And if you missed it last night, be sure to check-out the live stream that we did for the MLG Starhawk exhibition with pro gamers Tsquared, Hastr0, and GoldenBoyFTW! We cover single-player, co-op, and of course hot multiplayer action. Witty commentary supplied by me, of course ;-).

Secondly, and this is the announcement that you guys probably were *NOT* expecting…there was a lot of discussion here at LightBox Interactive and Sony Santa Monica on how best to support the community and keep our player base all together as one cohesive group. We really didn’t like how in Warhawk when we released a new map pack, it forced these divisions on our players. And after we released three expansions, our player community was pretty fractured. With Starhawk that ends! We are incredibly excited to announce that all map packs for Starhawk will be free. Yeah, you read that right…FREE. Whenever we release a map pack you won’t have to pay a friggin’ dime! And we’ve already started the early stages of our next map pack for you guys. Check out these very early sketches from the new planet of Cypress! A lush, swampy world that’s home to an abandoned research facility that many years ago was responsible for researching the mysteries of Rift Energy.

Starhawk: Cypress Map pack

Now certainly we’ll have some paid DLC content in the future as well as our free map packs, but we’re still playing around with what that will be. We’re going to be looking to see what the player feedback is on Starhawk in the coming weeks to help steer the DLC that we develop for you all. This is our commitment to all of you, the players. I hope you all get a chance to enjoy Starhawk – not only with today’s retail release but for the months and years to come!

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ZildjianKX said:

May 8th, 2:54 pm

Will “Maw of Despair” be free too?

mistasmooth25 said:

May 8th, 2:56 pm

Free map packs for an awesome game, I’ll take it.


May 8th, 3:01 pm

I’m from Brazil and couldn’t buy the game from GameStop website because it can’t accept my credit card. I’ve never had such problems with Amazon. I’m an early supporter since private beta and I had to ask a friend who lives in the US to buy a copy of the Limited Edition from GameStop for me. Maybe LightBox and Sony should reconsider their policy of making limited edition available only to GameStop. It wasn’t a very good marketing strategy.

guillerm7 said:

May 8th, 3:02 pm

I really like to idea of free maps!

Czr_PDM said:

May 8th, 3:10 pm


well i also dislike the fact that L.E. are only available in some territories in this case only one, but furthermore the game had a very very disappointing distribution, i was already convinced to buy the game in the regular version but on the release date but cant be found in my country so why would we be surprised if the Exclusive L.E. is only marketed in the US territory?

may be they think we wont find out or may be they just don’t even care for the small markets like the ones in Latin America, just look at the Playstation blog in “latam” and you wont find a single entry regarding Starhawk’s release date

rd-kryten said:

May 8th, 4:12 pm

Thank you and Thank you again for this wonderful announcement!!!

For everyone here: please spread this news around. If you participate on other message forums, make a post about it. If you’re on Twitter, tweet it out!!
Let other gamers know what a great game and value Starhawk is bringing to the table.

Hopefully more gamers will purchase their copy and join in on this fun! Let’s explode the sales!!!

darth_soul said:

May 8th, 4:21 pm

Another quick question:

I had the original Warhawk (PS1) already due to Playstation Plus. I have now redeemed my Limited Edition code. It came up under downloads and downloaded again just fine, but since it was already counted as purchased (red icon) due to PS+, what does that mean for this code redemption if my PS+ account expires? Will Warhawk remain available due to this code redemption, or will it vanish due to having been “purchased” before via PS+?

cobrafang said:

May 8th, 4:56 pm


EmmettGraves said:

May 8th, 5:35 pm

This is great! See you all on the battlefield!

Lightyears said:

May 8th, 7:07 pm

Love the game, free map packs are awesome! One thing is still missing…can you please add in the ability to listen to music off the XMB like in Warhawk. The best thing was being able to listen to a soundtrack personaliy made Iron Eagle style to fly to. Now, this isn’t a deal breaker by no means ( I already bought two copies of the game) but it would be nice!

Heavenly_king said:

May 8th, 7:20 pm

Dylan, talk to Sony so they advertise the game,…. PLEASE!!!!!

XSpike said:

May 8th, 7:35 pm

Can’t wait to pick up my copy when it releases tomorrow, was going to wait a month or so before getting the game but with free map DLC I’m glad I’ll be supporting this game from the start :) N try get some of my friends to buy into the game

eescala7 said:

May 8th, 8:30 pm

I’ll be honest here, I wasn’t planning on purchasing this game until a price drop. I have to say that decisions like this made me change my mind, I just order it. I will support a developer if they show a true interest in the people that invest their money to play these games. Thank you.

zinG-walker said:

May 8th, 10:24 pm

WOW this game never fails to surprize me!

Crazymanwalking1 said:

May 8th, 11:36 pm

Just started playing it a while ago and damn it is awesome!!! GOTY for sure. sucks that gamestop didnt have a midnight release this game more than deserves it.

Sirynx77 said:

May 9th, 12:25 am

Great news, the Limited Edition is awesome. I mainly decided to get it due to the soundtrack.

MrBeatdown said:

May 9th, 1:38 am

Awesome! Thanks for this. This makes me all the more eager to pick this game up.

I don’t mind DLC, but I’ve seen it go wrong. I could never find a match in Uncharted 2 that used the DLC maps, and in Transformers: War for Cybertron, I was kicked from the game for not having a map when the DLC was included in the standard map rotation.

It’s pretty frustrating when those things happen, so I really appreciate this.

PlatinumAura said:

May 9th, 10:13 am

just got my copy but of course it had to install a patch. But whatever I’ve got the limited edition stuff CANT WAIT TO PLAY THIS GAME!!!!

randyphx said:

May 9th, 3:44 pm

So maps are free, so when can we see some DLC coming. I will need lots of DLC since I will be playing this for years like on Warhawk. ☺

Mightymike230 said:

May 10th, 2:11 pm

More Games should offer free DLC, It not only adds more of a selling point for the game but promotes the growth of publisher and enthusiast’s relationship.

roddy281 said:

May 12th, 11:26 am

Boy of Boy what can i say Thanks LBI for this amazing game you have made out of the 70 games i own only 2 stand out the most witch is Warhawk and Starhawk ,and Free DLC is just the topping of the cake ,Plus i would like to add it has been a pleasure to play the beta and so was my clan (the*swarm) Everyone of us loved it and all invested in it ,In my eyes this is the only game you need to own ,thanks again you guy rock !

KingTygerVII said:

May 18th, 8:30 pm

Dont know where to give you feedback/ideas on Future Maps or Updates, but here I will say:

1. Maps with Underground tunnels, like in a desert, you drop from above to a tunnel, not very long but it has corridors and stuff, you pop in another place, great for ambush and to lay down mines when someone drops in. try not to make the holes to obvious, like you see sand but step on it and you go down, only visible in the minimap with a dot.

2. How about a MODE with Sabotage style, its like Capture the Flag but you go to the enemies HQ and plant a bomb and the defensive team has to deactivate or boom!, i know its a TRIED formula, but given Starhawk Massive Maps and Fortress style game play, it makes it perfect.

3. More Weapons, nice selection but not enough in my case, I felt I had more in Starhawk, dont know why, more vehicles, how about a Hawk with Passenger, to just carry people, only flares, no weapons. a Zip line would be nice to, only available to places below you.

4. a few maps from Starhawk, I LOVED the town map, getting on top of the bell tower and sniping people in planes and stuff was awesome hahahha.

well thats my wish list, i got more ideas, but just saying the 60% possible to do.

CEMc-98 said:

May 28th, 9:45 am

No way. FREE??? YOU, sir, are thinking ahead. People like free things, why doesn’t the rest of Sony understand this? but THIS!! so glad I bought this. bought the limited edition code off of Ebay cuz i forgot to preorder. Just wanna say, you guys did a great job on Huxley Ardin. Kudos!

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