It’s official. Sony and Lightbox Interactive have announced Starhawk, a followup to 2007’s multiplayer-only Warhawk, for PlayStation 3.
Incognito Entertainment, the developers of Warhawk, were disbanded from Sony after its release. Studio boss Dylan Jobe formed Lightbox Interactive shortly after, which began work on the sequel.
Starhawk offers both a single-player campaign and multiplayer mode. It takes place on the Frontier, a set of human colonies connected in the outer depths of space. These colonies are built around Rift plains, mined to provide power for the colonies.
The energy mined from the plains is dangerous, however, causing flesh to drip, skeletons to push, and madness to incur to those who mine it irresponsibly. Thus, two factions have been formed. One faction, the ‘Rifters,’ mine responsibly, and the other, the ‘Outcasts,’ have taken in the mutations.
Emmet Graves is the main character of this story. A Rifter, a small portion of his side is infected by the energy. Though he may succumb to the infection at any time, it is being kept in check by his Rifter friend Cutter. The pair make a living as salvagers, attempting to protect the Rift plains that the Outcasts wish to claim as their own.
One of the game’s biggest features is build-and-battle, which literally allows players to build their battlefield on the fly, as they’re playing.
VG247 has a lengthy preview on the game. Read it through here.
Starhawk is out exclusively for PlayStation 3 sometime in 2012. The first set of screenshots, artwork, and a logo can be seen at the gallery. A developer diary, which focuses more on Lightbox as a studio rather than the actual game, can be seen below. Below that, an official trailer. And below that, a 13-minute gameplay video of Starhawk.