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STARHAWK

Developed by LightBox Interactive. Published by Sony Computer Entertainment.

Official site: http://www.starhawkthegame.com

About the Game

Starhawk was LightBox Interactive's debut title: a fast-paced, multi-modal third-person shooter set in a Western-inspired universe torn apart by the rush for rift energy. Protagonist and rift salvager Emmett Graves returns to his hometown of White Sands after many years away, pursuing his outlaw brother whose activities threaten the success of the mining contract that sustains the town. He'll come face to face with the darkest moment in his past, and discover that there's more to rift energy than at first appears.

Starhawk introduced the innovative Build & Battle system, allowing players to build fully-destructible combat structures on-the-fly: bunkers, walls, towers, turrets, vehicle pads, and more. Combat rages on foot, in ground vehicles including jet bikes and massive, six-wheeled tanks, and in the air by way of the titular Starhawk: a screaming combat jet that can instantly transform into a ground-stomping war mech. And all of this takes place both in the single-player campaign and in fully-featured 32-player multiplayer matches.

My Role

I was Starhawk's lead designer from concept to completion. I was deeply involved in the creation of the game concept and story, and contributed writing and story development both in-game and in cinematics. I also worked closely with Sony's music team to identify and direct the soundtrack's unique Western flavor.

I built our eight-man game design team from scratch over the first two years of development, and directed the design and development of levels, combat encounters, scripted sequences, and design tools. And of course I coordinated work among all the studio disciplines -- art, engineering, audio, production, and QA -- and interacted regularly with our management team at Sony.

Finally, I did numerous press appearances and interviews for the game, including a preview for G4TV, a two-part interview with fan site StarhawkRADIO (part 1, part 2), and an in-depth studio culture interview with Gamasutra, and I was a key press contact during the game's outing at E3 2011.