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Future Starhawk map packs to be completely free

5/9/12 10:00am

Starhawk has been officially released for the PlayStation 3 video game system. Collaboratively developed by Lightbox Interactive and Sony Santa Monica, the widely anticipated space shooter combines real-time strategy elements with third-person shooter gameplay. The full game features a wide variety of vehicles and weapons, and the online multiplayer supports up to 32 players online at once. Exciting, no?

For those of you wondering about the future of the game's support, I have some very good news. Dylan Jobe, the current president of Lightbox Interactive, gave multiple announcements for the title. First, he provided information regarding a future Major League Gaming exhibition tournament. There are almost twenty thousand dollars offered in prizes, and you can click here to sign up for the event.

More importantly, some awesome information was shared with regards to future downloadable content:

"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."

The main reason for this was that the company didn't want to "fracture" users into separate playing groups, such as how recent Call of Duty titles divide players who have different downloadable content into separate lobby seaches. Not to mention it would probably help improve their reputation amongst consumers.

Giant robots plus giant lasers is the formula for absolute awesomeness.

Jobe did explain that some future content would have to be bought such as game modes for example, but he promised that map packs would never have a monetary cost applied to them. What do you think about this announcement? Do you have any stories of other companies providing free stuff to their targeted consumers? Write about your examples in the comments below.

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