Starhawk Brings Back Split Screen Head-To-Head And Co-Op Matches


Ahoy there Starhawk fans!

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 Dancy, Dance Today, Dance Forever, Dance 2 Dance, Dance Dancy Dance, Dance off the Pounds, Dance Crazy, or even Dance Your Self Esteem Away. The list goes on and on! Dancing is fine and all, but there’s nothing that can quite replace the thrill of fragging your 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 and have a proper night of gaming in the same room. Just think….face to face and frag to frag! Sharing nachos, smack talk, profanity…good times! Well, 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.


2-Player Split Screen: Yes, we’ve got Split Screen. You can play with another friend on the same PlayStation 3 on the same TV. We are very aware that some of you wanted 4-player split screen like Warhawk. We thought about it a lot and decided not to go this route. Based on our data, not enough people ever used 4-player split in Warhawk, so we concentrated our efforts in other areas, such as making 2-player just plain better. For the few people that actually played 4-player split screen…we’re very sorry about that. For everyone else, we think you’ll like the aspect ratio change and the bigger radar map.

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Dual Log-In: Yes, two players can sign in 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 2, you can’t earn trophies or character customizations (outfits, paint jobs, decals, etc.) as these are saved directly to the PS3. It’s not perfect, but it’s way better than Warhawk where Player 2 couldn’t level up at all. You can play Co-Op off-line as well, but no stats get recorded.

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You can always go on-line by yourself and play with 31 other players if you’re not into couch gaming. Either way, Starhawk will give you plenty of choices. It’s up to you how you want to take advantage of them. So get your urban dictionary skillz on. It’s Fraggin’ Time.

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GevallenEngel 21 March, 2012 @ 3:17 pm   1

Unfortunately, I’m one of those weirdo’s who always plays 4 player split-screen. But, another round of Timesplitters won’t hurt anybody I guess :p

Starhawk does look great, and I’m very much looking forward to it !

BLEACH-Fan 21 March, 2012 @ 3:26 pm   2

Bravo Lightbox bravo! I’m having a blast with the beta, can’t wait for Singleplayer story detail’s 😀

chrisandsheva 21 March, 2012 @ 3:36 pm   3

might of bought this if i hadn’t tried the beta, am more of a story liker than running round maps doing same old etc.. first impressions and such, Still i doubt you’ll miss my … how much is it,?..
Seriously though i know this is a ‘mostly’ mp based game, so a mp beta makes sense, i just don’t get why ‘mostly’ story based games get mp betas.. the sp did look very interesting in this as well..
Any chance of tempting me back with a sp demo,?..

Demadred 21 March, 2012 @ 4:01 pm   4

That’s sad, me and my friends would have loved going at each other in 4-player splitscreen at LAN parties, guess we’ll just have to use two PS3s

Noodlesaurus 21 March, 2012 @ 4:25 pm   5

Another “minority” here. I’m sorry guys but the loss of 4-player online, along with this increased focus on a single player experience is a real loss for me. Warhawk was amazing because it was a 4 player splitscreen online, EPIC MP game for…around £25 when it first came out? That was and still is a bloody good deal for a game with such great gameplay. Me and my friends have sunk HUNDREDS of hours into it, and and even now its still the go-to party game.

With Starhawk we’re getting a 2 player game with bolted on singleplayer which will retail for £40 im guessing? Considering that its not a PSN game (also weird considering its roots) Im sorry but no matter how good the single player is, its not worth an extra £15 and the loss of 4 player online 🙁 If we get a Warhawk 3 please go back to the lessons of Warhawk.

Noodlesaurus 21 March, 2012 @ 4:26 pm   6

One more thing: that 2 player screenshot looks a LOT like the travesty that was Resi 5’s split screen setup. WHY!?! >_< I dont know what other people think but i really dont care about proper aspect ratio when its 4 people crowding around a screen – i prefer getting as much of the gameplay into the screen as possible so WHY is the "minimap" taking up 1/4 of the player's screen? There is no reason for that. No reason.

Sorry guys, i really wanted to get Starhawk. Let me know when you're working on the next one would ya? 🙁

Noodlesaurus 21 March, 2012 @ 4:27 pm   7

One more thing: that 2 player screenshot looks a LOT like the travesty that was Resi 5’s split screen setup. WHY!?! >_< I dont know what other people think but i really dont care about proper aspect ratio when its 4 people crowding around a screen – i prefer getting as much of the gameplay into the screen as possible so WHY is the "minimap" taking up 1/4 of the player's screen? There is no reason for that. No reason at all.

Sorry guys, i really wanted to get Starhawk, let me know when you're working on the next one 🙁


There is indeed a reason for that. The aspect ratio would be really bad with the screen split in two like that. That’s why split-screen was so much better in the old days when nobody had widescreen lcds. CRT ftw! 😛

I really liked that you guys filled out the screen with a map for both players. I hate those black holes in other split-screen games.
I hope other developers take notes and incorporate split-screen like this from now on.


Any chance we can have AI teams? The maps are way too big for 1 on 1 matches. I’m assuning it would be easier to implement this time as there must be AI in the single player


2 player looks cool;) I suppose its better than nothing:D + i have given up in asking for games this Gen(mainly FPS games)to have a 4 player split-screen mode with Bots like the fantastic TimeSplitters games had. Oh well.

vonhammer 22 March, 2012 @ 1:07 am   11

Been in since december and really like the game.But two issues with it.

1st,b&b limit on large maps isn’t enough at 32.

2nd,and the reason i’m not getting it at this point is the Hawks.I think ground combat feels great.It takes skill,if there’s auto aim it’s well hidden,.
But flying Hawks is like playing a different game.The scrub mechanic is stupidly easy,makes dog fighting a chore with people just doing loops and rolls and feels skill less.
Because of this all I was seeing on dust was everyone getting in Hawks,and flailing around.It makes no sense.

Also the new reclaim option is bad,hold square was fine,now it’s clunky.

increased rift at beginning = Hawk warefare with stupidly protected bases because everyone is scared to lose.Do we need 20 turrets around a flag 🙁
Something like rift pipe lines would be cool,you get rift spots around the maps,capture these will increase home base rift counts,that are used to sustain power to base structures.
Taking these down would be cool as economic warefare.

bodthekiller 22 March, 2012 @ 1:36 am   12

Is there any chance we can get some sort of conformation on the release date for this in the uk please and if there is any pre order bonus like usa. Pretty shocked at the lack of info we as uk gamers have had on this game on the blog i mean come on your putting stuff up about dust but not a first party title its very odd.

5 years ago when Warhawk released me and my friends had heaps of fun playing 4 player splitscreen online. We thought, if this is what we’re getting at LAUNCH, the next few years will be EPIC and can expect many more splitscreen online shooters.

5 years later, nothing. Not one game. Not even the sequel to the originator.

Maybe the PS4 can give us what the PS3 is capable of..

Arion87 22 March, 2012 @ 7:36 am   14

Will it support the SimulView feature of the soon to be released Playstation 3D Display?