Warhawk's got some snazzy new additions coming its way. I got to sit down with Dylan Jobe from Incognito Studios to talk about the new Warhawk Command Center in PlayStation Home. Traditionally (as traditional as a few months can get), Sony's Home is a place you go to outside of your games. You might go there to tool around in your apartment, talk to some folks, or partake in the ever popular dance parties. Or you might not go there at all. With the addition of the Warhawk Command Center, Home turns into a hub, and we think Incognito's got the right tack on this one.
If you've started an online game you generally hop to a server browser and click away. The new Warhawk Command Center fills that role and much more in a war room/lobby of sorts. The Spartan design, industrial fittings, and large sky lights make it an airy, almost cheery place. As you enter, on either side of your character you'll find large monitors. When we saw them they were empty, but Incognito said they'd be filled with videos, and later on leader-board stats. Shoot enough folks down and you'll be immortalized on the walls. In the middle of the room you'll find learning terminals with tips and strategies. Other spots in the large room were mostly for eye candy.
The real draw of the Command Center will be the sand table. Incognito refers to it as "tactical furniture". (Sign me up for a battle stool.) It's really a fully interactive, and rather swankily done, strategy table. Every map from the game, including the ones from boosters, will be on there and you'll have the option of laying down markers for tanks, planes, infantry and more. If you're a fan of drawing arrows and fancy multi-stage attack plans you certainly won't be disappointed. Other players will see what you're doing in real time and you can hash it out until you get it right. To keep things sane, you'll be the one in control of the table unless you let other folks in on the strategery action.
As well as being able to hash out battle plans, you'll be able to launch games directly from within the Command Center. You'll get access to the usual game setup options and the added ability to put all your buddies on the same team so you can duke it out with the world at large. Launching the game makes Home seamlessly flip you over to the action. Once the match is over, it'll plunk you back into Command Center so you can figure out what went wrong with those carefully laid out plans.
The Command Center is a work in progress and Jobe mentioned that there are numerous features that have yet to be incorporated including the ability to save and load strategy sessions on the sand table.