Starhawk closed beta taking wing Nov. 22

Sony beginning phased rollout for Lightbox's online-only multiplayer shooter on Tuesday with Capture the Flag, handful of maps.

Sony and Lightbox Interactive are prepping Starhawk for an early 2012 launch, and the online multiplayer game's beta test is just around the corner. Today, Lightbox confirmed that Starhawk's closed beta test will begin next Tuesday, November 22.

Want to be on Starhawk's front lines?

In a post to the PlayStation Blog, Sony senior producer Harvard Bonin said beta invites will be progressively doled out. However, the studio has previously indicated that gamers can increase their odds of receiving a beta invite by ranking up in Warhawk and participating in the Warhawk community.

The initial phase of Starhawk's closed beta phase will feature the Capture the Flag game type. Participants will have unlimited access to this mode on "a couple" of different maps, according to Bonin. The testing phase will also be used to put Starhawk's match-making system through its paces.

Those who pick up a new copy of Uncharted 3 will find a voucher guaranteeing access to the game's open beta, which is slated to begin in early 2012. Bonin noted that this testing phase will include a wider variety of game modes, weapons, and other content.

Taking a sci-fi Western approach, Starhawk is a successor to 2007's PlayStation Network downloadable third-person shooter Warhawk. Unlike its predecessor, Lightbox Interactive's Starhawk will include a single-player campaign in addition to its multiplayer component. A new mechanic to the series will allow on-the-fly building of structures on the battlefield, and the jetlike Hawks return to join a host of other vehicles, including mechs and jeeps.

For more information, check out GameSpot's previous coverage of Starhawk.

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oflow
oflow

This series is one of the better games on the ps3 that doesnt really get a lot of fan fair.

FallenOneX
FallenOneX

@ cometkd "Those who pick up a new copy of Uncharted 3 will find a voucher guaranteeing access to the game's open beta, which is slated to begin in early 2012." So why are you waiting for the 22nd? @ Megavideogamer It looks like you are the only person here claiming to have a copy of Uncharted 3 that actually read (could read) the entire article. I hope they give you a shot with your current Warhawk level, or that you become #1 on the leader boards when Starhawk comes out. The intelligence you've shown so far says you deserve it. BTW, that's not a dig.

cometkd
cometkd

i have uncharted 3 and my code i await till the 22nd!

wars45
wars45

geting this defo loved last 1

JOKER677
JOKER677

Looks like battlfield in space

cbthedog
cbthedog

And this, among many other games, is why I proudly switched over the PS3!!!!

Fezzinator101
Fezzinator101

Its a good thing i have uncharted 3. Now i can finally try out this cool looking game.

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dsgfbvdgshvbd

And the countdown begins for biggest game of 202!!!

Rovelius
Rovelius

Can't...wait...for this game !

Megavideogamer
Megavideogamer

Well I do have Uncharted 3 so I guess I can do the open beta. I even have a disc copy of WarHawk. Unlikely I would hit the level needed in time for the closed beta. Starhawk should be a great experience in 2012 (or whenever Sony launches this game) I guess starHawk will be 3D compatible. Huh?

rageman45
rageman45

I played Warhawk for a while and I'm definitely checking out this beta of Starhawk.

FuryX-4
FuryX-4

I checked out in PS Blog and it says in quote: " We’ll also be working with great partners like G4, IGN, GameSpot, GameTrailers, 1UP, Kotaku, WIRED, USA Today, CNET, Maxim, and TIME (just to name a few) to make sure there are even more chances for you to get into the Private Beta." So Imma guess you are giving away beta codes?

AvatarMan96
AvatarMan96

I got my beta code in Uncharted 3 :D I had no idea it would be in there :P