Starhawk gets split-screen multiplayer

Two players can sign in to PSN on one machine.

Forthcoming PlayStation 3 shooter Starhawk features split-screen multiplayer, publisher Sony has announced.

As detailed in a post on the PlayStation Blog, two players can fight it out on the same TV. Developer Lightbox Interactive looked into four player split screen but eventually decided against it.

"We are very aware that some of you wanted four player split screen like Warhawk. We thought about it a lot and decided not to go this route," explained senior producer Florence Kum.

"Based on our data, not enough people ever used four player split in Warhawk, so we concentrated our efforts in other areas, such as making two player just plain better.

"For the few people that actually played four player split screen… we're very sorry about that. For everyone else, we think you'll like the aspect ratio change and the bigger radar map."

Kum added that both players will be able to sign in to their PSN IDs on the one machine, allowing each of them to level up. However, only one player will be able to earn achievements, "as these are saved directly to the PS3".

"It's not perfect, but it's way better than Warhawk where Player 2 couldn't level up at all."

The follow-up to 2007 effort Warhawk is due out in May. See our Starhawk preview for more on what to expect.

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