Mimicking Blizzard’s Warcraft/Starcraft naming convention, Sony Santa Monica hopes to build upon the success of Warhawk with its upcoming sequel, Starhawk. The first details surrounding Starhawk surfaced earlier this year and the title is beginning to generate hype.
Check out the brand new screenshot gallery and (familiar) trailer from Gamescom to better understand what Starhawk is all about.
Warhawk was a unique and well-received title that did its own thing in an industry often married to its conventions. It debuted both as a downloadable game on PSN and on a retail Blu-ray disc. The downloadable version was offered at a considerable discount and cost only half of what the retail disc sold for. Additionally, Warhawk was completely multiplayer and offered no single player campaign — a gutsy deviation from the status quo.
Starhawk is certainly more traditional when it comes to the issues above (it includes a single player mode and is retail only), but it still has an ambitious attitude. It is a shooter, but it definitely takes inspiration from several other genres. More specifically, the RTS flavored “Build n’ Battle” feature looks awesome and seems to add an extra layer of depth to the gameplay.
Take a look at the gallery below to see how the game’s graphics are shaping up.
The new sci-fi theme of Starhawk is an improvement from the original and each of the new images is cool, but the winged-jetpack contraption really scratches my sci-fi itch.
Sony Santa Monica hasn’t shown much on the space combat in Starhawk, but the screenshots above help paint a picture of how enjoyable it will, very likely, be. Each image has a wide open feel and suggests that Starhawk’s multiplayer battles will be epic in scale. In fact, the game boasts support for up to 32 players.
For those that haven’t seen the Starhawk trailer, watch the rehash from Gamescom 2011.
Do these new screenshots affect your excitement for Starhawk?
Starhawk will fly onto the PlayStation 3 exclusively sometime in 2012.