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Starhawk Focus Remains Fixated On Multiplayer Fun

Starhawk has been unveiled and fans of Warhawk ought to be excited.

And while developer Lightbox Interactive will toss in a campaign this time around, the focus remains firmly fixed on multiplayer. Incognito's excellent 2007 title was all online; there was no single-player element. Therefore, the fans love that multiplayer element and the designers are right to maintain that focus. Perhaps this is the reason the campaign will only be "5-8 hours long," according to Lightbox boss Dylan Jobe. But as he explained to Eurogamer:

"Shooters these days range between five and eight hours, depending on a play through. We're going to be in that range. There is some concern sometimes, when a guy in the media will be like, 'Oh my God, it's too short for single-player.' I just don't see it that way.

For example, if you play most shooters from start to finish, if you play it again you're going to get pretty much the same experience. You could go play Halo on mercenary mode or whatever. It's going to be tougher, but it's still pretty much going to be the same experience.

For ours, all the missions you play through, you can play through again and get a very different experience. You can build different structures next time through. You can unlock different medals and challenge yourself in those combat sandboxes in a different way. You can get a lot of gameplay out of it."

Obviously, though, Jobe and Co. know players will spend the vast majority of time with the multiplayer; as Jobe says, that's where the "massive hours get logged." He believes the average game time of a Warhawk player to be over 200 hours...yeah, that's a big number. But it makes sense.

Related Game(s): Starhawk

Tags: starhawk, warcraft sequel, lightbox, starhawk campaign

5/17/2011 9:38:31 AM Ben Dutka

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Comments (16 posts)

jimmyhandsome
Tuesday, May 17, 2011 @ 10:03:49 AM
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Obviously a single player campaign in a game like this doesn't need to be super long. Most of my time will be spent playing multiplayer, much like how much of my time with Killzone 3, Halo Reach, and (finally now that PSN is back up!) Socom 4 is spent online.

I'm curious about these buildings/structures that you can build on the fly. I don't know how much it actually changes the gameplay or how much of it is gimmicky. From what I gathered from the video previews and interviews, some of the buildings have turrets that will automatically shoot at nearby enemies, but outside of that I'm unclear at what else these structures do, and how they will "radically" change the gameplay. Hopefully more will be revealed at E3.

As of right now I'm more interested in the transforming fighter jet. That looks pretty sick.

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Lord carlos
Tuesday, May 17, 2011 @ 10:29:07 AM

shield generator buildings
buildings that let your team teleport between two or more for quick attack or defence.
i'm just guessing here but i'm sure the buildings will have a strategic value & variety.
Yep those jets look class :)

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Godslim
Tuesday, May 17, 2011 @ 10:30:41 AM
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yeh this game is made for mp like warhawk tho its always nice to have a campaign too

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Temjin001
Tuesday, May 17, 2011 @ 10:33:43 AM
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Hehe "mercenary" mode

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big6
Tuesday, May 17, 2011 @ 10:35:10 AM
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Does anyone know if Starhawk will have the same multiplayer features as in Warhawk?

By that, I mean, you can play up to 4-players split-screen and also play online. That's a crazy awesome feature, if you've ever used it!

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Clamedeus
Tuesday, May 17, 2011 @ 12:32:06 PM

I'm not sure, I don't think they disclosed any information of that yet I believe.

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maxpontiac
Tuesday, May 17, 2011 @ 11:12:56 AM
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If this game is a improved version of Warhawk, I am game.

I do not like the current stance on shorter singleplayer portions of online centric games, but I am glad Starhawk has one.

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Clamedeus
Tuesday, May 17, 2011 @ 12:34:25 PM

Indeed, I can't wait to get my hands on Starhawk, now this is the kind of game I was looking for.

It looks amazing, with a touch of freshness with it.

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Deathb4Dishonor
Tuesday, May 17, 2011 @ 2:55:29 PM
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ooo man i can't wait... back in 2007 i almost didn't play any other game bc of warhawk... Although the setting looks beyond diffrent than warhawk, i hope the gameplay is pretty similar

ps... Can't wait to use the transforming Warhawk

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sirbob6
Tuesday, May 17, 2011 @ 4:15:36 PM
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This has the potential of knocking KZ off of my multiplayer throne. Sounds really fun and chaotic. I love chaos.

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Clamedeus
Tuesday, May 17, 2011 @ 6:25:38 PM

Like Kratos once said; "There will only be chaos!" :)

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Lairfan
Tuesday, May 17, 2011 @ 6:25:50 PM
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Well, at least we get a campaign this time around. Besides, I only expect long shooter single player campaigns in games like Uncharted.

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chedison
Tuesday, May 17, 2011 @ 8:13:52 PM
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This has definitely one of the coolest looking protagonists in a game I've seen in quite a while. Also watching the long trailer about this game has got me really excited for it.

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___________
Wednesday, May 18, 2011 @ 3:56:33 AM
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WHAT!?
5-8 hours?
your kidding me right?
wow, what a disappointment!
talk about a piss poor attempt to gain more sales!
come on, what happened to if anythings worth doing its worth overdoing?
oh well, i guess another to strike off the list.
i refuse to pay 110+ bucks for a 5-8 hour game!

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Clamedeus
Wednesday, May 18, 2011 @ 6:56:05 AM

Your loss.

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___________
Wednesday, May 18, 2011 @ 8:59:11 AM

spending 110 bucks on 5 hours of entertainment is my loss?
when i could buy a different game and get double that?
yea, right!

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