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Starhawk Gets A Release Date + More Beta Details

Today is a good day for Starhawk fans since Sony has finally revealed when gamers can take to the skies of alien planets and blast each other in intense quasi RTS action.  As expected, Starhawk will come out this Spring exclusively for the PlayStation 3 and gamers will be able to pick the game up on May 8th, just in time for the start of the mid-year release dry spell that usually exists in the gaming biz.

Coming out in May seems like a perfect period since besides from the arrival of Max Payne 3 the following week, there isn’t a lot coming out during that period. Well I better correct myself on that last statement since Activision’s Men in Black video game is coming out in late May and I’m sure gamers are chomping at the bit to experience that.  

The announcement of Starhawk’s final release date wasn’t accompanied by any new game media (I’m still waiting for hoverbike footage), but some additional details were shared on how gamers can experience the game early through the beta.  Starting today PlayStation Plus subscribers can enter the world of Starhawk and so can those who were part of the private beta that took place last year.  

The beta itself will consist of the same material (two maps, two game modes) but game updates will be made regularly so if you run into a few problems don’t fret as they’ll likely be ironed out.  The folks over at LightBox Interactive are an attentive bunch and they’re dedicated towards making Starhawk a prime multiplayer experience, which I honestly believe will happen when all is said and done.

Don’t be too mad if you’re not a PS+ subscriber as there will be plenty of other chances to get into the Starhawk beta.  Those with vouchers from Uncharted 3 can hop in on January 31st and special giveaways will be held on February 7th via the PlayStation page on Facebook.  If you don’t feel like playing a game of luck in order to score a beta code then just wait until February 21st as that’s when the beta will be available to everyone via the PlayStation Store. It may suck to wait a whole month but trust me when I say that it’ll be worth the wait.

Having played Starhawk via the private beta I’m excited to see more people jump into the game and what their reactions are.  As a Warhawk veteran and full-on fanboy I dig the general direction of Starhawk as it’s almost entirely strategy based and can have some unexpected moments of action.  There are a few lingering issues I had with the beta since the Hawks still felt sluggish and other elements simply felt overpowered, more so when playing with a team that has no clue what they’re doing. But with a bit of polishing I do think Starhawk has the potential to be a standout title once it arrives this May.

With the beta slowly opening up to more people over the next few weeks be on the lookout for an official Shogun Gamer Game Night if anyone out there is interested.

 

[via the PlayStation Blog]