Sony Announces Starhawk for PS3; First Screens and Details

Sony Computer Entertainment America has announced Starhawk, a new third-person shooter from LightBox Interactive and Sony’s internal Santa Monica Studio, is coming exclusively to Playstation 3 in 2012.

Starhawk (don’t call it Starfox!) boasts traditional third-person shooter gameplay with a significant twist. At any time during either campaign or online multiplayer action, players can call for structures, land and air vehicles, or artillery from a dropship in orbit. The idea is that the battlefield is constantly changing and a pinch of real-time strategy is fused with frenetic shooting gameplay.

The game revolves around Emmett Graves, a gunman for hire drawn back to his home world to face a mysterious enemy and discover secrets about his family’s past. Emmett is unique in that he’s been exposed to the rare and valuable Rift Energy natural commodity that different factions are fighting over, but his mutation stopped midway so he maintains his humanity but benefits from powers the Rift Energy provides.

Below are the first Starhawk screenshots (click the thumbnail images to enlarge), as well as a LightBox Interactive behind-the-scenes introduction video and a word from Dylan Jobe, president of LightBox Interactive. Look for more information and assets from Starhawk to come out of E3 early next month.

When San Francisco Police Department DET. REBECCA MADSEN (Sarah Jones, Sons of Anarchy) is assigned to a grisly homicide case, a fingerprint leads her to a shocking suspect: JACK SYLVANE (guest star Jeffrey Pierce, The Nine), a former Alcatraz inmate who died decades ago. Given her family history – both her grandfather and surrogate uncle, RAY ARCHER (Robert Forster, Jackie Brown), were guards at the prison – Madsen’s interest is immediately piqued, and once the enigmatic, knows-everything-but-tells-nothing government agent EMERSON HAUSER (Sam Neill, Jurassic Park) tries to impede her investigation, she’s doggedly committed. Madsen turns to Alcatraz expert and comic book enthusiast, DR. DIEGO “DOC” SOTO (Jorge Garcia, Lost), to piece together the inexplicable sequence of events. The twosome discovers that Sylvane is not only alive, but he’s loose on the streets of San Francisco, leaving bodies in his wake. And strangely, he hasn’t aged a day since he was in Alcatraz, when the prison was ruled by the iron-fisted WARDEN EDWIN JAMES (Jonny Coyne, Undercovers) and the merciless ASSOCIATE WARDEN E.B. TILLER (Jason Butler Harner, The Changeling). Madsen and Soto reluctantly team with Agent Hauser and his technician, LUCY BANERJEE (Parminder Nagra, ER), to stop Sylvane’s vengeful killing spree.

By delving into Alcatraz history, government cover-ups and Rebecca’s own heritage, the team will ultimately discover that Sylvane is only a small part of a much larger, more sinister present-day threat. For while he may be the first, it quickly becomes clear that Sylvane won’t be the last prisoner to reappear from Alcatraz. Through the course of the investigation, Madsen and Soto will learn that Agent Hauser has known about the prison’s secret history and has been awaiting the prisoners’ return. Soto will witness his life’s work – the history of Alcatraz – come alive. Madsen will be forced to keep her supportive San Francisco cop fiance, JIMMY DICKENS (Santiago Cabrera, Heroes), at arm’s length from the highly classified assignment as she sees everything she thought she knew about her family’s past shattered, all while fighting to keep the country safe from history’s most dangerous criminals.

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