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"Secondly, and this is the announcement that you guys probably were *NOT* expecting…there was a lot of discussion here at LightBox Interactive and Sony Santa Monica on how best to support the community and keep our player base all together as one cohesive group. We really didn’t like how in Warhawk when we released a new map pack, it forced these divisions on our players. And after we released three expansions, our player community was pretty fractured. With Starhawk that ends! We are incredibly excited to announce that ALL map packs for Starhawk will be free. Yeah, you read that right…FREE. Whenever we release a map pack you won’t have to pay a friggin’ dime! And we’ve already started the early stages of our next map pack for you guys. Check out these very early sketches from the new planet of Cypress! 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."

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. 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. I hope you all get a chance to enjoy Starhawk – not only with today’s retail release but for the months and years to come!"

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AWESOME!!! :D
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In other news regarding MLG:

"First, we’re honored that Major League Gaming has taken a strong interest in Starhawk with its blend of shooter and strategy gameplay, and they’re kicking things off right with a tournament worth $20,000 in prizes so get over to stream that we did for the MLG Starhawk exhibition with pro gamers Tsquared, Hastr0, and GoldenBoyFTW!"

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Cool cool!
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Source = http://blog.us.playstation.com/2012/05/08/starhawk-out-today-mlg-tournament-all-map-packs-free/



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If the developer wants to keep the player base together, then free map packs makes total sense. I think they should add an option for donations though.

Which begs the question as to why more games don't do this.

Because it is a waste! Why would they do this for free? Does not make sense to me. I think at least make it a dollar a map or something. Why even waste their time? Is it just to add more playtime to the game over time?
They should have just added it to the game in the first place.

spurgeonryan said:
Because it is a waste! Why would they do this for free? Does not make sense to me. I think at least make it a dollar a map or something. Why even waste their time? Is it just to add more playtime to the game over time?
They should have just added it to the game in the first place.

Don't tell me you're trying to make this a negative thing mr ryan, please don't

The reality is pretty obvious, either they were planning to charge for it but they're offering it free to increase sales, or it's post-development content that they couldn't put in the game but think they should offer for free. Both scenarios are great for the consumer. 



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spurgeonryan said:
Because it is a waste! Why would they do this for free? Does not make sense to me. I think at least make it a dollar a map or something. Why even waste their time? Is it just to add more playtime to the game over time?
They should have just added it to the game in the first place.


why waste of time. sure they could work on something else but as a consumer i like it that i dont have to pay for these maps. but this helps the community and longlevity of the game. this makes me happy and thats worth something because i will keep supporting them.




Wow now that's awesome!!! ahh i wish uncharted 3 DLC maps were free :(

 

 

Good, good. Too bad I don't like playing shooters on consoles but this is still the way it should be done. You don't want to divide your userbase unless each part would still be pretty big...

thats great, awesome value

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It is nice for consumers. Just seems like a waste for the developers to me. It adds great replay value! So maybe t will be a good play for them in the long run.