Three years ago we caught wind that Sony was developing a spiritual successor to 2007's popular Warhawk, and I'm happy to announce the game -- called Starhawk -- is now available at Future Shop store shelves across Canada and online on futureshop.ca.
Developed by LightBox Entertainment and Sony's Santa Monica Studio, the same teams that brought us Warhawk, comes a brand new third person shooter adventure made exclusively for PlayStation 3.
This time the setting changes to outer space, in the distance future at a time when humans have recently discovered a new, powerful energy source called Rift Energy. This power source is a blessing and a curse as it harnesses immense energy, while also having the potential to corrupt the minds of the Rift Miners who seek to possess it. Once exposed, the corrupted mutate into savage creatures, known as the Outcast, that become intensely protective of Rift Energy and will kill anyone who attempts to harvest it.
When compared to its predecessor, the most significant addition in Starhawk is the inclusion of a robust single-player campaign that spans multiple missions over a number of diverse interstellar environments. The protagonist of the story is a hired gunman named Emmett Graves, ostracized from his fellow Rifters due to his exposure to the mind-altering Rift Energy. Fortunately, the exposure only left Graves partially mutated, and he was able to hold onto his humanity. Drawn back to his home settlement of White Sands on the Planet Dust, our hero is out to stop the psychotic monsters that threaten the lives of the Rifter population.
For a glance at storyline and Graves in action, check out this Starhawk launch trailer below:
Also shown in the trailer is Starhawk's unique Build & Battle system that lets players change the dynamic of the battlefield by deploying offensive and defensive base structures. At the press of a button, players can call upon structures such as turrets, sniper towers, hawk landing pad or defensive walls or bunkers that violently drop down from orbit. These instantaneous deployments can have a dramatic effect on battles and can even alter the landscape.
Starhawk also features a strong online multiplayer mode via the PlayStation Network where up to 32 players can match up and battle head-to-head. The game also boasts up to four-player online and offline co-operative play, and the option split-screen gameplay, in a mode that pits players against endless waves of enemies.
“Starhawk is not your traditional shooter; it alters the gameplay recipe in such a way that creates a brand new experience for players and one that is only possible on PlayStation 3,” said Guy Longworth, Senior Vice President, PlayStation Brand Marketing, SCEA. “Combining a run-and-gun style with our innovative Build & Battle system, along with a compelling story mode and robust online multiplayer campaign, Starhawk will truly move the genre forward and is sure to excite shooter fans and newcomers alike.”
Starhawk releases nationwide on May 8, exclusively for PS3. The game was developed by LightBox Interactive and is published by Sony Computer Entertainment America.
Starhawk is rated T for Teen (Blood, Language, Violence).
For more information on Starhawk, check out the official futureshop.ca product page here:
Set in the lawless frontier of space, experience intense frenetic combat on foot, in land vehicles or in the skies. Call down an arsenal of vehicles and fortifications from an orbiting drop ship to instantly change the battlefield to your advantage. Play a full single player adventure, then engage in epic 32 player battles online or team up with friends in offline and online co-op.
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