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PS3 Fanboy review: Warhawk

Warhawk has gone through a rather bumpy development cycle. Originally slated to be an epic single player game with a strong multiplayer component, rumors started circulating earlier this year that Incognito was experiencing development problems and were unhappy with the single player portion of the game. The murmurings turned out to be true, with Sony confirming just a couple of weeks later that Warhawk had officially become a multiplayer-only PlayStation Store title and that the single player portion of the game had been dropped.

Though a lot of people took this announcement as a portent of doom for Warhawk (dropping half your game so late in development is never a good sign), a highly successful beta during the summer was able to garner a quite a bit of positive press for the game. This combined with some glowing previews made the public suddenly a lot more interested in Incognito's foray into online warfare. So did they pull it off?

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Dylan Jobe talks Warhawk, downloadable content, more

In a thorough interview with GamePro, Dylan Jobe talked about the hard decision to make Warhawk a multiplayer-only title, and things learned from the beta. A fascinating read, to be sure, and we hope you take a chance to check out GamePro's complete interview.

One thing that stood out to us was Incognito's plans for downloadable content. "It's not content that we cut to hold back and later jam down the throats of players," he says. "What we do with our downloadable content is to look at the feedback from players and develop content that supplements their experience, not just rehashes stuff that we perhaps descoped previously."

The beta revealed many things that the team wants to add to the game, but simply hasn't found the time. "We were able to collect a lot of feedback from the beta. There were a lot of really great ideas that it was to late to incorporate, but we ear marked to perhaps come back to it and put it in future." Additional brainstorming ideas will undoubtedly come back from fans and players like you. "We also have a team that will scour all of the forums for Warhawk feedback on so that we can make sure that our first outing of downloadable content matches what players want." Of course, we think players want to know: when will downloadable content arrive ... and how much will it cost?

Warhawk available for download in Europe

Warhawk is now available to download on the European PSN Store and has been for a few hours. The price is £19.99 and the size of the file is 798 megabytes in size; that's smaller than some demos that are currently available. At the moment Warhawk is the only new addition to the European store, though we're expecting the normal late-afternoon update to happen as well. Though this goes against SCEE's reasoning for not releasing it on the 28th, as it was in America.

No matter, it's out now. So stop reading this and get downloading! We'll have a full PSN update post for you later in the day -- if it happens.

Warhawk early impressions -- say goodbye to your life

Warhawk hit the PlayStation Store yesterday and the positive reviews have been pouring in. Our review is coming as well, but in the meantime we wanted to post our early thoughts on Incognito's impressive shooter. Even after our relatively short play time (~five hours), we feel confident saying that this is one of the most addictive online experiences you can have on the PS3 -- or any console for that matter.

It's worth pointing out though, that as good as Warhawk is so far, our experience was initially tainted just by the difficulty of just downloading the game. True, we did download it right after it was released but it took nine tries for Sony to actually add money to our PlayStation Store wallet. During this time, we ran into multiple PS Store errors and timeouts, saw images fail to load and generally experienced weirdness while trying to navigate the store. It was incredibly frustrating but after about an hour of trying, we finally were able to purchase Warhawk and queue up the 800 MB download.

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Sorry, but we're playing Warhawk now (want to join us?)

Hey ... PS3 Fanboy suddenly stopped updating! OH NOES! What happened? We're all too busy playing Warhawk. And we want you to join us. Find room "PS3Fanboy" and you'll be able to play against your fellow PS Fanboy writers and readers.

We'll be playing the game all night -- hope to see you there!

Sony responds to Warhawk DRM issues

Have you heard? You won't be able to share Warhawk, like you have all your other PSN games. Although you can install the game on to five different machines, the fine text in the PlayStation Store reveals that you can only play the game from one of those machines within a 24 hour period. "One time fee for download or use solely by the purchasing PSN account on up to five PS3 units, with no more than one activated PS3 unit within a 24 hour period. Content may not be used by any other account."

So, will this practice of limiting access to downloadable games become commonplace? No. In a statement to Next-Gen, Sony explains that Warhawk needed a different DRM scheme in order to "protect our investment" and "maintain our ability to offer a 24-hour free online gameplay experience." Understandable, considering how the PSN is free of charge. However, make sure you read the fine print before download your next game -- things might change on a case-by-case basis.

[Via Joystiq]

Warhawk is downloadable at 12:01AM EST tonight

Synchronize your watches. Warhawk is coming tonight. Midnight, in fact. For those on the East Coast, that means there's less than twelve hours until Warhawk can be purchased from the PlayStation Store. If you're on the West Coast, you'd be able to start downloading and playing before the CSI:Miami plays on CBS.

Those that don't want to pay for a digital download will be able to pick up a $60 retail version (which includes a headset) at select stores tomorrow. See you online! Don't forget to add PSFanboy to your Friends list to play with us tonight and through the coming weeks.

[Thanks, cubex!]

Worldwide PS3 releases for the week of August 27th

Games! Yes, seriously. Check out the full release list, just a matter of millimeters below where you're looking right now.

US Games
  • Warhawk
  • Lair
  • Tiger Woods PGA Tour 08
  • Dynasty Warriors: Gundam
EU Games
  • No new releases
Asian Games
  • Bladestorm: The Hundred Years' War
  • Mist of Chaos
Warhawk and Lair? In the same week? Potentially. A lot of websites are showing the US release date has been pushed forward to the 30th of this month. It could easily be the case that whatever problems they had with the game that originally had it pushed back could have been solved early. In any case, we'll find out within a few days.

European PS3 owners, worry not. As games are region free, you can import any of the games in the above list without fear. Your PS3 will gobble it up without caring where it's from. Also, don't forget the PSN version of Warhawk will be out this Thursday, with the retail box appearing on shelves in a few weeks. Remember, release dates are constantly subject to change. Constantly.

Warhawk pushed back in Europe, but don't start crying just yet

While technically this can hardly be called a delay, Warhawk has been pushed back slightly in PAL territories. ThreeSpeech has declared that we can expect the game to grace the European PSN Store on August 30th, not the 28th as previously stated. The reason for this is simple. Sony have always updated the European PSN Store on Thursdays, not Tuesdays. Why break the habit of a lifetime few months and update it a couple of days early?

We can see the same thing happening with the release of Heavenly Sword. The UK release for which is September 14th, two days after the American release on the 12th. Retail games come out on Fridays here, that's just the way it goes. But wait a second, didn't we just get a PSN update on a Wednesday? We wonder if those extra two days the yanks get to play with give them the edge. With worldwide servers available on day one, we'll no doubt soon find out.

Warhawk finally dated for Europe

ThreeSpeech has the scoop on the European release dates for Warhawk. We have some good news and some bad news. The good news is that the downloadable version will be available on the same day as in America. The 28th of August. The bad news is that the retail version won't be available until the 21st of September.

Yes, we know. The retail version is out on August 28th in America. That's a week today, for those of you with your head in the clouds. But where's ours? Over three weeks late, that's where. We're not particularly impressed. This isn't the first time Europe has been shafted like this. The bizarre thing is that the game will be available via download. Taunting those of us who are waiting for the cheap-as-free Bluetooth headset. Oh well, looks like another title we'll have to import.

ThreeSpeech reveals Warhawk UK pricing

Despite finally getting some of Sony's European release dates recently, we were still kept in the dark regarding a price and release date for the download version of Warhawk. ThreeSpeech has today revealed both of these things. Apparently the PSN version of Warhawk is being worked on very hard in order to be released simultaneously in all regions. From the sounds of it, however, we wouldn't be surprised if it eventually came out a week or two later.

As for the price, Warhawk will be downloadable for £20. That's almost an exact translation from Dollars to Sterling. Has that ever happened before? The retail version will be £40, which is still a pretty good deal considering what's in the box. There's no word yet on the exact price in Euros. If the developers really do manage to get the game up on the PSN before the end of the month for all regions, then will you submit to impatience and download or wait a couple of weeks for the retail version? Tough call.

PS3 first-party exclusives finally get EU release dates

It's been kind of hard getting Sony to nail down release dates for their upcoming stable of first-party exclusives, regardless of territory. Europe has really gotten the rawest deal though, with no confirmed release dates for any games period -- until now. Thanks to Gamer's Creed, Europeans finally know when they will be getting the first wave of mega-titles from Sony. Here's the list according to the scanned documents:
  • Warhawk with headset: September 19th
  • Heavenly Sword: September 19th
  • Folklore: October 10th
  • Lair: October 24th
  • Eye of Judgment: October 24th
  • Singstar: October
The release dates are kind of lame in general -- with Europe getting titles between two weeks and a month later than Americans get them. At least PS3s are region free, so impatient Euros can simply just order them from an American store like this one (as used by Jem, our resident foreigner). Still, the release list has got to be frustrating for Europeans wanting for the summer game drought to finally end.

[Via N4G]

Huge Warhawk FAQ answers all your pre-launch questions

Dylan Jobe has posted a massive Warhawk FAQ on the official PlayStation.Blog and it pretty much answers any question you can think up. During the thirty question Q&A, Jobe talks indepth about server options and limitations, responds to a couple really random rumors (a Resistance:FoM weapon hidden in Warhawk? uh...), and lists the 100 top Beta players. Here's a couple other highlights from the FAQ:
  • As for as Jobe knows, the Jabra Bluetooth headset bundled with the retail version of Warhawk is not a limited time offer.
  • Warhawk was designed around the idea of downloading additional content. If we want it -- it will come.
  • The servers offer worldwide play, prepare to get your ass handed to you by Koreans.
For the full FAQ, head over to the PlayStation.Blog.

What does 75 PlayStation 3s get you?

Why, a huge amount of official Warhawk dedicated servers -- of course! In the most recent post at the official PlayStation.Blog, the game director of Warhawk, Dylan Jobe, posted pictures of their Ranked Servers data center and talked about online/server details for their upcoming Sixaxis-friendly title.

According to Dylan, they have PS3 clusters like the one above scattered all over the world to make sure you you have access to a fast, latency free server -- no matter where you live. Also, since you can host your own servers, even if you don't find an official server you like, it shouldn't be hard to find a player server that fits what you're looking for.

Players can create their own dedicated Warhawk servers for up to 32 players at once, but they won't be able to play on their PS3 while the server is running (to longtime PC gamers, this is nothing new). Players can also create their own servers that they can play in for up to 24 players at once, offering a ton of flexibility for clans and hardcore players. Between ecstatic previews, an accessible price point and strong server support, Warhawk is looking more and more like it could be a major hit. Only three more weeks until the Game Drought of Summer is over!

[Thanks everybody!]

Warhawk gets priced: $60 retail, $40 PSN

The multiplayer-only Warhawk finally has a price: $60 for the retail version (which includes Bluetooth headset) and $40 for the downloadable PSN version. The game will be available simultaneously on August 28th.

Which one will you choose? The downloadable version will be cheaper, but the explains that "the retail game is more of a premium version with some expanded video content, traditional package and manual."

Wonder what's going to happen to EGM's review of the game ...

[Thanks, Kyle P!]

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