Thursday, March 08, 2007

Multiplayer Mishaps

Do any of you remember the video game company named Origin? If not, it was the company behind the wildly successful Wing Commander, in which Luke Skywalker fought cats in space (only a minor exaggeration). Unfortunately, the success of Origin's "Ultima Online" service caused them to drop out of creating single-player adventures completely. Annoying no small number of Wing Commander and Ultima fans. Well the modern corollary to this party is finally here: Enter Warhawk.

The original Warhawk was one of the mainstays of the PS1 gaming. It featured interesting vertical as well as linear levels, and the cheesy FMV that fans of this site already know that I love. It featured a ludicrous storyline featuring the fight against "Red Mecury," and in perhaps its most original story element, essentially had a "bad" ending if the player beat the game in the most straightforward way. (Players had to defeat the end boss by flying the warhawk into its "mouth" and ejecting, any other way, ie shooting it, resulted in the bad ending). But know all that is over.

As many of you know, when the PS3 was first announced, clips of Warhawk were a prominent part of Sony's campaign. As many of you also know, the PS3 has not exactly been deluged with quality exclusives. Warhawk was supposed to be one of those. Now, in this IGN article it is clear that Incog., the designers of Warhawk, have decided in their infinite wisdom to drop the single player campaign from Warhawk. Instead, Warhawk will no be solely a multi-player experience, ala Battlefield 2. I don't think that I can adequately express my disappointment in this forum. Suffice it to say, it didn't work for Origin and it won't work for Warhawk. Its too bad, because as developers and Sony continue to make such poor decisions, it is clear that Sony's market position is evaporating around them. Sony needs good exclusives and soon, and Warhawk, unfortunately, won't be among them.

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