March 13, 2007 - The Sony team made waves last week when it announced that its flight-based actioner http://ps3.ign.com/objects/748/748468.html would be playable only as an online experience. This lack of single-player support became an immediate point of speculation for Internet folk, who debated furiously as to whether or not this meant that the game would be downloadable from the PS Store file or available on a Blu-ray disc.
Today, Sony representatives gave us at least one part of the answer... "Officially, Warhawk will be released as a Blu-ray-based product," commented our SCEA rep. "It will see release in late summer."
This didn't address the various reports coming out of GDC, however, that claimed Phil Harrison revealed Warhawk to be "available as only a download" at a blogger's event held at the Palomar Hotel during Day two of the show.
If you want to play Warhawk, you'll have to buy a disc, not a download.
"That's a misinterpretation," replied Sony's spokesperson. "Phil was only addressing what the future of downloadable content meant for the industry and how important online support will be for games. He didn't make any announcements."
"We were just in a discussion about the future of consoles and downloadable content," said IGN's Hilary Goldstein, who was in attendance at the blogger's event in question. "Harrison said that 'by the next generation of consoles there likely wouldn't be a need for disc-based media.' That's how we got onto the whole subject of Warhawk and how there's already a discussion for a beta program, the benefits of downloadable demos, etc. But never did he actually say 'Warhawk will be available only as a download.'"
When we asked Sony if Warhawk would ever appear as a downloadable PS Store game similar to Tekken 5: Dark Resurrection or flOw, Sony replied, "It's a disk-based product."
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