Starhawk DLC Maps Won't Cost "A Friggin' DIme," Says Lightbox
Written Tuesday, May 08, 2012 By Lee Bradley
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Every single Starhawk map will be released for free, forever, according to Lightbox boss Dylan Jobe.

According to Jobe, the decision was made after DLC packs split the player base of the studio’s previous release, Warhawk.

“Whenever we release a map pack you won’t have to pay a friggin’ dime!” said Jobe on the PS Blog. “And we’ve already started the early stages of our next map pack for you guys.”

Apparently, the content will take place on “a lush, swampy world that’s home to an abandoned research facility that many years ago was responsible for researching the mysteries of Rift Energy.” It’s called Cypress.

However, not all of Starhawk’s DLC will be free. Lightbox are planning future add-ons that will require a fee.

“Now certainly we’ll have some paid DLC content in the future as well as our free map packs, but we’re still playing around with what that will be,” said Jobe. 

“We’re going to be looking to see what the player feedback is on Starhawk in the coming weeks to help steer the DLC that we develop for you all. This is our commitment to all of you, the players.”

Check out some concept art for Cypress below, as well as the game's launch trailer. Starhawk is out in the US on May 8th and Europe on May 11th.


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Comment #1 by HuDaFuK
Tuesday, May 08, 2012 @ 10:56:15 AM
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You mean it's possible to release a few maps without charging the best part of £15 for them...?!

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Comment #2 by tbone452123
Tuesday, May 08, 2012 @ 10:57:33 AM
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Thats an awesome idea

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Comment #3 by TroubleMaker411
Tuesday, May 08, 2012 @ 10:58:37 AM
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Assuming the paid DLC is something that'll stay balanced, I can see this doing nothing but good for the community!

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Comment #4 by cromazonic
Tuesday, May 08, 2012 @ 11:00:32 AM
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This is genius. I remember having to get all the DLC just so I could keep playing with my friends in Warhawk. Now that we get all the maps it wont be a problem :) I don't mind paying for vehicles and outfits etc. ^_^

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Comment #5 by jbrist
Tuesday, May 08, 2012 @ 11:07:22 AM
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Yeah I reckon the paid DLC will be visual stuff like new skins and such, if that's the case I'll probably buy some just because they're being cool and giving us maps for free :D I can support that!

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Comment #6 by tincann
Tuesday, May 08, 2012 @ 11:16:22 AM
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Wow! A Developer is ACTUALLY going to give back to the people that pay their salaries. Imagine that. Now if we can get EA to stop dropping server support on all their games.....

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Comment #7 by Draco416
Tuesday, May 08, 2012 @ 11:30:44 AM
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See? It's not because "games cost soooooo much to make now". Is just developer greed.

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Comment #8 by olsen77
Tuesday, May 08, 2012 @ 11:35:12 AM
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Thank you Dylan Jobe and LBI!! :D

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Comment #9 by Vuule
Tuesday, May 08, 2012 @ 11:39:16 AM
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That's something new..

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Comment #10 by UndergroundHipHopHead
Tuesday, May 08, 2012 @ 11:44:39 AM
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This is the way to do it. I'm even more glad I pre-ordered the game now.

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Comment #11 by bigdrama
Tuesday, May 08, 2012 @ 11:48:05 AM
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I must say that is pretty cool. I wonder what the paid DLC will end up being.

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Comment #12 by DRplaystion3
Tuesday, May 08, 2012 @ 11:56:14 AM
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Dylan Jobe said "paid map pack DLC for that game divided players, and after three expansions, the community was "pretty fractured." ..........Smartest thing a dev said all year!

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Comment #13 by randomguy666
Tuesday, May 08, 2012 @ 12:02:58 PM
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Take note EA... wait... that would involve them not only listening to their customers... but providing god customer service... it'll never hapen :(

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Comment #14 by WINAS3
Tuesday, May 08, 2012 @ 12:22:18 PM
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Well that's nice of them.

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Comment #15 by Frylock
Tuesday, May 08, 2012 @ 12:39:37 PM
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Awesome. Another very good reason to pick this game up when I have the extra cash.

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Comment #16 by AvR
Tuesday, May 08, 2012 @ 01:48:30 PM
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Nows thats a Dev ^_^

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Comment #17 by eLefAdEr
Tuesday, May 08, 2012 @ 02:13:02 PM
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2 calloused thumbs up!

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Comment #18 by FatMachismo
Tuesday, May 08, 2012 @ 02:17:32 PM
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Loving this to be honest. Even more incentive to buy this now, despite the fact I was already getting it. This is my multiplayer game of the summer and probably until Halo comes out :)

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Comment #19 by slysi1976
Tuesday, May 08, 2012 @ 02:37:31 PM
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Awesome,at last a developer that cares about its players. I'll happily buy some skins or what ever paid dlc it is to show my thanks to them for caring about us once we've brought the game. More company's need to follow suit...

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Comment #20 by BolgTheRapist
Tuesday, May 08, 2012 @ 03:56:42 PM
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It's a start. Now instead of releasing itty-bitty DLCs every so often, compile them into one worthwhile EXPANSION PACK please. So fed up of these DLC marketing ploys.

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Comment #21 by I_Shoot_Stuff
Tuesday, May 08, 2012 @ 05:57:53 PM
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If I squint just hard enough, it almost looks like it says Activision is giving out free maps for CoD.

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Comment #22 by olsen77
Tuesday, May 08, 2012 @ 05:59:21 PM
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@11...Probably new vehicles, weapons, and skins. Warhawk added a few new vehicles via DLC.

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Comment #23 by THE_BIG_DAVE
Tuesday, May 08, 2012 @ 09:29:11 PM
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That is amazing thanks Lightbox. Now if the obligatory day one patch ever finishes downloading I'll try this game out.

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Comment #24 by douggreen
Wednesday, May 09, 2012 @ 06:23:05 AM
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@7 I don't know if games are particularly expensive to make or not. Map pack certainly should not be expensive, all of the game mechanics are already done, it is simply a matter rendering an environment, which I believe is not too hard. The CoD map packs are ridiculously over priced, for the amount they sell 75p per map would be a suitable price, and they would still make millions

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US May 08, 2012
Europe May 11, 2012
Japan May 10, 2012

Resolution: 480p, 720p
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1
Players: 1-2
Online Players : 2-32
ESRB: Teen
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