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The SCEE blog manager, James Gallagher, recently sat down with Dylan Jobe of Lighbox Studios to discuss the upcoming title Starhawk, which is the spiritual successor to the still-popular, online-only Warhawk.
If you’ve watched any of the videos from Tosh’s previous post, you might already know of some of the new features, including the whole Build & Battle aspect of the game, which allows players to place towers, turrets, walls, and other defenses on the battlefield, kind of giving a strategy aspect to the title. This title will also be both multiplayer and single player, with multiplayer supporting up to 32 people.
The interview with Dylan offered a few insights, including details about a tournament system:
The in-game tournaments sound exciting. How do they work?
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.
Be sure to read the rest of the interview after the jump!
DICE has another community challenge going on where the 12 minute Battlefield 3 trailer will be unlocked after 1 million Facebook page “likes” (click image for link). The video is scheduled to be released on April 17th, but this has the potential to be released earlier, since it is almost half way completed. In addition to the trailer, a producer’s commentary will also be released.
Swarm is a shiny-shiny, new-new IP developed by Hot Head Games (you might have played one of their previous and very good games already) and published by UTV Ignition. Don’t know about you, but for me, a new IP (especially one that looks as fun as this) created with the sweat, tears, and blood of young blobs of goo deserves a new Q&A, and they were kind enough to help us out on that front: