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Starhawk announced as the spiritual successor to Warhawk

Submitted by on Friday, 13 May 20114 Comments

In what has probably been one of the worst kept secrets of the past few months, Starhawk, the spiritual successor to Warhawk, has finally been announced.

Warhawk wowed gamers across the world with its fast-paced multiplayer action and Starhawk is aiming to go above and beyond that by introducing new gameplay mechanics as well as a lengthy single player campaign. Prepare to fight on land and in the air like never before.

The story of Starhawk revolves around the Frontier, a Fireflyesque futuristic Western society where Rift Miners and the Outcast battle it out over control of Rift Energy.

In the single player campaign, you’ll assume the role of Emmet Graves, a gunslinger for hire who is neither man nor Outcast. After accidentally being exposed to the dangerous Rift Energy, he was modified with a regulatory device to stop the transformation. As a result, he has been shunned by society, both Rifters and Outcast alike.

What sets Starhawk apart from Warhawk, and all other games, is the new Build & Battle mechanic. Players can dynamically build offensive and defensive structures anywhere on the battlefield in real time by calling them down from a drop ship orbiting space. Simply place your cursor over any open space and within a matter of seconds a newly built tower or gun turret is standing tall.

These structures can all be destroyed as well so the battlefield is constantly changing while players rebuild and upgrade. Judging by the trailer, it’s as fast-paced as it sounds.

Warhawk had quite the expansive multiplayer and Starhawk will be no different. Online matches will hold up to 32 players in addition to both an online and offline co-op mode. All modes can be played in splitscreen as well.

There are even plans to expand outside of the game with online tournaments, leaderboards, clan support, friends list and quick match options, a built in community events calendar, events ticker and even a Starhawk Android app which will keep you connected to your Starhawk friends, clan mates and stats whenever you need them.

Words simply cannot describe Starhawk so the best thing to do is watch the six minute trailer and dev diary to get a feel on how the game will play. Due for release in early 2012, we’re sure there’s plenty more to Starhawk that has yet to be revealed.

Now that the game has been revealed, what are your initial thoughts? Is it what you were expecting? Let us know in the comments!