Starhawk Brings Back Splitscreen Head-to-Head, Co-op Multiplayer
Sony Senior Producer Harvard Bonin has announced today that Starhawk is bringing back splitscreen head-to-head and co-op multiplayer action on the PlayStation 3 entertainment system!
To quote: As most Warhawk players know, there's nothing quite like "couch gaming!" That is to say, playing video games on the same TV with a friend.
Lots of games have it: Games like Dance Today, Dance Forever, Dance 2 Dance, Dance Dancy Dance, or even Dance Your Self Esteem Away. Dancing is fine and all, but there's nothing that can quite replace the thrill of fragging the buddy sitting next to you - especially if he's being a lame hillbilly (deep, deep love of shotguns).
In Warhawk, you could play with some friends in the same room and have a proper night of gaming: Face to face and frag to frag while sharing nachos, smack talk, and profanity. Good times!
So we're happy to let you know that Starhawk has the exact same feature! OK...not the EXACT same feature. We've spent some time making it better, we think.
Two-Player Split Screen:
Yes, we've got splitscreen play. You can play with another friend on the same PS3 on the same TV. We are very aware that some of you wanted four-player splitscreen like Warhawk.
We thought about it a lot and decided not to go this route; based on our data, not enough people ever used four-player splitscreen in Warhawk so we concentrated our efforts in other areas, such as making two-player just plain better.
For the people that played four-player splitscreen... we're sorry about that. For everyone else, we think you'll like the aspect ratio change and the bigger radar map.
Dual Log-In: Yes, two players can sign into on one PS3. You can sign in using your PSN ID on the same machine and retain the XP you earn at your friend's house. And you can still take that hard-earned XP home with you and apply it to your character there.
Although, if you're Player Two, you can't earn Trophies or character customizations (outfits, paint jobs, decals) as these are saved directly to the PS3. It's not perfect, but it's way better than Warhawk where Player Two couldn't level up at all. You can play Co-op off-line as well, but no stats get recorded.
You can always go online by yourself and play with (and against) 31 other players if you're not into couch gaming. Either way, Starhawk will give you plenty of choices and it's up to you how you want to take advantage of them. So get your urban dictionary skillz on: It's Fraggin' Time.
It's still pretty lame that 2 player split screen can't use all of the available screen space, but at least they used the remaining space to put something useful on the screen, instead of leaving it blank like Resivent Evil did.