LightBox Interactive has confirmed that their recently-announced (and extremely exciting) online shooter Starhawk will be receiving a beta later this year, along with splitscreen support and revamped tournaments. Playstation Move support, however, is out of the question.
In a promotional interview on the Playstation Blog, LightBox president Dylan Jobe explained that there'll definitely be a beta rolling out for Starhawk at some point, but that he couldn't reveal much more than their intent at this stage. We'll probably need to wait for E3 for the full details.
In terms of concrete intel, however, we've got plenty to go on. In the comments, Jobe confirmed that Starhawk will support splitscreen multiplayer (an important component for many gamers that's increasingly being overlooked) - and waxed lyrical about the impressive new official tournament functionality that will allow players to set up, organise and compete in their own competitions.
The tournament system in Starhawk is rad. In Warhawk we had a lot of people co-ordinating their own tournaments with third-party websites and gaming leagues, and they were successful, but we want to make it way easier for anyone playing the game to create a tournament. It’s completely integrated and allows players to choose from a variety of options.
To give an example: you want to have a tournament this weekend with your buddies to see who is best at flying a Hawk. You go in and create a private tournament and set it so that sign-up is on Wednesday but it’s going to begin on Friday, and it’s going to be based on Hawk kills in one particular environment. That sets up the server for the players you’ve selected as eligible and that server will automatically track results during the time window that you have set and then post the results afterwards. We also have the ability to create central tournaments that pay out little rewards, so you can go to your trophy room and see all the stamps that you got for participating or finishing in the top ten, and so forth.
Starhawk is set to have nearly everything but the kitchen sink then, but sadly Jobe also confirmed that it definitely won't support Playstation Move. Which, frankly, we're not too cut up about.
LightBox Interactive are apparently focused on making Starhawk a fresh and unique experience after many gamers complained about how stagnant the genre was getting -and quite frankly, we can't wait for more details on this one. We'll keep you posted.